British luxury watch brand Christopher Ward presents Limited Edition C7 Rapide MK II timepiece in British Racing Green, which combines the style of 1950s motor racing watches with the colour that’s associated with so many of Britain’s most glorious victories in the sport.
Just the words ‘British Racing Green’ conjure up images of old Bentleys and Jaguar D-Types thundering around Le Mans. Add the distinctive design of the C7 Rapide MK II with its three chronograph eyes, inspired by fuel gauges and rev counters, and the British watchmaker’s latest motorsport watch takes on a life of its own. Every detail adds to the sense of motor racing heritage – even the reverse of the watch has an exclusive steering wheel design engraved on the back plate.
Powered by a Swiss made Ronda 3540.D quartz chronograph movement, the C7 MK II has 1/10th second split timing, a tachymeter bezel and SuperLuminova™ indices and hands. With a 42mm case, the watch is also water resistant to 100m and comes with a choice of a Spanish “Toro Bravo” leather deployment strap (£399), a stainless steel bracelet (£450) or a black rubber strap (£399).With only 500 of the Limited Edition British Racing Green C7 MK IIs in the world, you had better be quick off the mark and pre-order one now for delivery in September.
The History of British Racing Green
British drivers first adopted British Racing Green for the Gordon Bennet Cup in 1903 – nearly 110 years ago. The rules stated that components for each car should be made in the country being represented and painted in a ‘national’ colour.
The British Napier team could not opt for red, white or blue because Italy, Germany and France (respectively) had already taken them. Motor racing was still illegal in Great Britain so the race was staged in Ireland and Napier decided to paint their cars shamrock green – partly as a mark of respect for their hosts. The colour stuck from that moment on.