Christopher Ward’s C70 VW4 Chronometer is inspired by the first ever British win in a World Championship Grand Prix race held in Britain.
The story of how Vanwall, a relative upstart in the world of motor racing, triumphed over the might of Ferrari in 1957 has a particular poignancy for Christopher Ward as the constructor was based in Maidenhead – just a mile away from the British watchmaker’s HQ.
The movement, a rare chronometer version of ETA’s superb 251 calibre movement, sets the bar very high for the latest signature motor racing watch from the Christopher Ward design studio. The winning car’s number, 20, occupies the 12 position on the face, while the 18 of the second machine is highlighted in Vanwall’s trim colour of yellow on the bezel. Moss’s astonishing 90.61mph best average lap speed is picked out in red on the tachymeter. The reverse of the watch enshrines the British achievement with a deep-etched engraving. The C70 VW4 Chronometer in British Racing Green is available in a limited edition of just 1,957 models.
Worldwide limited edition of only 1957 pieces
Calibre: ETA 251.233 COSC
27 jewel Swiss quartz movement and COSC Certification
Convex sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Adjustable quick-release butterfly clasp
Chronographic dials with split minutes / seconds /tenths seconds
Water resistance – 10 atm
Spanish ‘Toro Bravo’ Italian leather strap
Unique engraved individual serial number
Deluxe box upgrade and owner’s handbook
Strap: 22mm leather