The house of Christopher Ward unveils a pair of new limited edition watches which are inspired by the achievements in Great Britain’s auto racing history. With the model named “C9 DB4 1 VEV”, the British-designed and Swiss-made watchmaking brand pays homage to the Aston Martin D84 GT Zagato raced in 1961 at Goodwood, whilst the C9 D-Type honors the Jaguar D-Type that won three Le Mans championships from 1955 to 1957.
The Christopher Ward C9 DB4 1VEV incorporates design cues from the classic racecar driven by Ray Salvadori. The unique timepiece carries a piece of body panel from one the most beautiful Aston Martin ever made – the DB4 GT Zagato. A piece of aluminum from the original car which was laser-cut into the shape of an Aston Martin steering wheel is embedded into the case back of the watch. There were only 19 “1 VEV” racecars ever produced and this watch is also issued in the limitation number of just 19 specimens.
The new C9 DB4 1VEV watch is housed in a round, marine-grade stainless steel case with a brushed crown and a non-reflective sapphire crystal measuring 43mm in diameter. Its matte black dial is inspired by the car’s gauges featuring contrasting white speedometer-type numerals and a fuel-gauge-inspired power-reserve display located at the 6 o’clock position.
From the rear, besides a piece of aluminum taken from an original DB4 Zagato body panel, there is also engraving “DB4 GT Zagato -1 VEV-” and an engine number engraved, together with a limited edition number out of 19.
The beating heart of the Christopher Ward C9 DB4 1VEV is the ETA Valgranges caliber A07.161 automatic movement with a 46-hour power reserve and a rotor embellished with Côtes de Genève and painted in Aston Martin green. This exquisite model is mounted on a stitched Pecari camel leather strap and can be purchased for £3,995 which is approximately $5,220.
The second Christopher Ward’s timepiece that pays tribute to British racing history is produced in a bit more accessible limited edition of 55 exemplars. This model is inspired by the Jaguar D-Type which was one of the first sports cars to use aeronautical techniques to improve performance. This iconic racecar model was driven to victory by Mike Hawthorne in 1955, 1956, and 1957 at the Le Mans championship. Only 18 cars of this model were ever made for racing.
The dial of the Christopher Ward C9 D-Type watch is inspired by the Jaguar D-Type’s speedometer, with the circled 12 o’clock marker which evokes numbers painted on the Le Mans cars. There is also a fuel tank-style power reserve indicator situated at the 6 o’clock position.
Like the C9 DB4 1VEV model, this watch also incorporates a physical piece of automotive history in its exhibition case back – a piece of metal taken from a production D-Type’s flat hot 3.4L piston, laser-cut into a shape, thus evoking the Jaguar’s distinctive spinner and wheels.
The sporty newcomer is housed in 43mm polished steel case which is constructed to resist water pressure up to 30 meters. The watch is powered with ETA’s Valgranges A07.161 self-winding movement which is specially built for larger watch cases. The impeccable mechanism runs at 28,800 alternations per hour (4 Hz) and can store enough energy to keep the watch ticking for about 46 hours.
A touch of green appears on the watch’s winding rotor as well, matching the color associated with the three time Le Mans champion. The see through case back also offers a glimpse at the beautifully finished rotor with Côtes de Genève stripes.
The Christopher Ward C9 D-Type watch is attached to a stitched peccary black leather strap. The retail price is £2,995 (approximately $3,915).