This week saw the announcement of a great looking watch from Christopher Ward the C-8 UTC World timer.
Named after Universal Coordinated Time – a term preferred in aviation over ‘GMT’ – the C8 UTC Worldtimer offers the wearer near-unlimited timing possibilities. The watch takes its design cues from the rest of the C8 Flyer Collection, which references the Smith’s Mark II A clock used in Spitfires during World War II. All carry engravings of the historic aviation wind tunnels in Farnborough where the aerodynamics of British aircraft like the Spitfire and Concorde were honed. Perhaps the most striking feature of the timepiece is the two-piece dial, which features a crown-operated world timer bezel showing prominent international cities, meaning the wearer can immediately work out the time anywhere on Earth. For those looking to keep track of one timezone in particular, the 24-hour GMT hand will be an invaluable tool. The military feel is continued with the large Arabic numerals, raised indexes and ‘pipette’ hands, all of which are coated with Superluminova for visibility at low light. Meanwhile, the 44mm case is available in stainless steel or with a black DLC finish.Movement
This fine ETA calibre (‘calibre’ is the fancy word in the watch industry describing a movement) with dual-time functionality allows for the time to be told in two time zones simultaneously – hence its use on ‘GMT’ watches.
Competively priced at £950 these watches will be available from mid-October.