British luxury watch brand Christopher Ward presents a stunning new Motoring limited edition (40) with the launch of the C9 GT40 – incorporating a precious fragment of a true motor racing legend.
In motoring heritage, few stories set the pulse racing like that of the Ford GT40 #P-1075’s unique successive victory in the world-famous 24 Hours of Le Mans races of 1968 and 1969, using the same chassis. One of only 107 GT40s produced between 1964 and ’69, #P-1075, with its innovative monocoque chassis and evocative pale blue and orange Gulf Oil livery, was an engineering and visual triumph – where British modifications fine-tuned an American automotive powerhouse to create a legend of the endurance racing circuit.
The new C9 GT40 limited edition pays tribute to this remarkable double winner at Le Mans and incorporates a laser-cut ‘wheel’ of aluminium taken from the wheel-spinner of the iconic car, fitted within the backplate and revealing between its spokes the Valgranges A07 movement beneath, protected by museum-grade sapphire crystal.
Further details of the car are replicated in fine detail, including a faithful representation of the rev counter evident in each cue of the dial, including the arched needle hands and the authentic indexes and the bold blaze of the red zone, with the same vivid tone on the second hand. A dynamic touch is added by the “fuel gauge” power reserve indicator, driven by the powerful ETA Valgranges A07.161 movement within and delivering a 46-hour power reserve as well as supreme accuracy.
The repurposed C9 case, used across CW’s finest dress watches, is fitted with a plate bearing the #P-1075 chassis number of the double winner of the world’s oldest active event in endurance racing.
Each piece of the 40-piece Limited Edition is assembled by hand in Switzerland by master watchmaker Johannes Jahnke and, in expectation of huge interest in this remarkable edition, pre-orders (and number requests) will be taken through direct email to the head of Customer Services at Christopher Ward, Wera Mettes, at (email@example.com)
The C9 GT40 Limited Edition is offered with a premium quality Italian leather strap with Bader deployment and is priced at £2,950.
Model: C9 GT40 Limited Edition
Special limited edition of only 40 pieces worldwide
Calibre: ETA Valgranges A07.161
24 jewel Swiss automatic movement
46 hour power reserve with indication at 6 o’clock
Marine-grade stainless steel case with enamel logo crown
Height: 15.1mm (TBC)
Convex museum-grade sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 3 ATM
Back-plate includes disc of Le Mans winning GT40 precious metal with ‘wheel’ cut-out set under museum-grade sapphire crystal
Unique engraved individual serial number
Original GT40 inspired dial with SuperLuminova markings
Premium quality Italian leather strap with Bader deployment
Beautiful presentation case and owner’s handbook and Certificate of Provenance