With this new timepiece, Christopher Ward pays tribute to English watchmaker Samuel Watson, who pioneered one of the world’s first stopwatches to measure the pulse – creating the original inspiration for the pulsometer models introduced in the early 20th century.
The C9 Pulsometer is powered by a COSC-certified version of the self-winding Sellita SW200/1 movement, which guarantees accuracy to within -4/+6 seconds a day. The beautifully engineered 40mm C9 case is constructed, rather aptly, of surgical grade stainless steel. The trusty movement can be seen working through the screw-down transparent back-plate – but it is the elegant dial that demands full attention.
The tachymeter-style pulsometer scale of the dial is calibrated for 30 heart beats and both its red colour and the corresponding simplicity of the remainder of the dial make for an aesthetically pleasing and easy to read display. The watch has blued steel hour and minute hands but it is the hacking second hand with its caduceus symbol – a global symbol of medicine – used on counter-balance design that exemplifies the usual Christopher Ward attention to the fine details. In Greek mythology Asclepius represents medicine and healing, but it’s the caduceus insignia (used on Hermes’ staff) that has become widely used as the symbol of medicine worldwide.
The C9 Pulsometer is released in a limited edition of 250 pieces, available on Pre-order for delivery in mid-November and is priced at £699 presented on a leather strap (black or brown) with Bader deployment and £799 on a stainless steel bracelet.
Model: C9 Pulsometer – Limited Edition Chronometer
Limited edition of 250 pieces
Calibre: Sellita SW200-1(COSC)
Vibrations: 28.800 vph
26 jewel, self-winding movement with 38 hour power reserve
COSC certified chronometer
Hand finished, surgical grade, stainless steel case and crown
Height: 11.35 mm
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Screw-down transparent case back
Water resistance: 5 ATM
One-piece metal dial with 30 pulse measurement scale
Dial Colour: White
Blued steel central hour and minute hands
Caduceus counter-balance design central second hand
Date calendar at 3 o’clock
Stop-second hacking mechanism
Embossed alligator pattern Italian leather strap with Bader Deployment or stainless steel bracelet
Strap width: 20mm
Luxury presentation case and owner’s handbook