Christopher Ward announces C1 Morgan Plus 8 Chronometer, a brand new watch collection created in partnership with Morgan Motor Company. Produced in a limited edition of 50 pieces, the new timepiece will be sold exclusively alongside the 50th anniversary Morgan Plus 8 motorcar, the dashboard of which has been designed by Christopher Ward in collaboration with Morgan.
The launch of the C1 Morgan Plus 8 Chronometer represents a significant move forward for the two brands and their partnership; with Adrian Buchmann assisting Jon Wells, on the design of the dashboard dial faces for the Plus 8 itself. Similarly, Jon worked closely with Adrian to design the watch, allowing both the watch and the car to take inspiration from each other.
First introduced at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1968, the Morgan Plus 8 has had a considerable impact on the motoring world. This year, to mark the iconic model’s 50th anniversary, 50 special Plus 8 roadsters will be hand-built built at Morgan’s Malvern factory. This limited run will be the last that Morgan produce, as the 4.8-liter BMW engine that powers it is going out of production. Giving Morgan owners the opportunity to extend their experience beyond the pure driving pleasure of the Plus 8, the new C1 Morgan Plus 8 Chronometer anniversary watch will be sold exclusively with the eponymous car.
Reminiscent of the very first Morgan Plus 8, also known as ‘MMC 11’, the new Morgan Plus 8 cars will be available in a blue lacquered paint finish with yellow accents around the grille, bonnet, and rear towing eyes. Continuing to pay homage to ‘MMC 11’ the C1 Morgan Plus 8 Chronometer will contain a small piece of the celebrated ‘MMC 11’ car which will be embedded into the back plate of the watch.
The C1 Morgan Plus 8 is powered by Christopher Ward’s in-house movement, Calibre SH21. The dial features sub-seconds at 6 o’clock and a power reserve indicator monitoring the movement’s impressive 120-hour (5 days) power reserve. Each watch will be serial numbered 1-50 to match each of the 50th anniversary Plus 8 car models.
Available on perforated leather with yellow interior, the C1 Morgan Plus 8 Chronometer is available exclusively with the purchase of the Morgan Plus 8 cars.
Model: C1 Morgan Plus 8 Chronometer
Swiss made in-house chronometer
31 jewel Calibre SH21 hand-wound movement with 120-hour power reserve
Bespoke black PVD Movement Bridge with polished chamfers
Aluminium Morgan disk with lacquered commemorative inscription
Vibrations: 28,800 per hour (4 Hz)
Timing tolerance: +6/-4 seconds per day
Power Reserve Indicator and Small Seconds
Brushed and polished steel case
Lug to lug: 48.55mm
Push-down crown with raised and engraved Morgan wings motif
Anti-reflective domed sapphire crystal
Water Resistance: 3 ATM (30 metres)
Matte black textured dial
Wide bevelled power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock with yellow indicator needle
Small second sub dial at 6 o’clock with yellow second hand
Multifaceted polished hour and minute hands filled with SLN T-C1 lume paint
Screw-in transparent case back with engraved serial number
Perforated leather strap with dress buckle and yellow interior
Luxurious Morgan ash presentation case and owner’s handbook