A few years back, when Christopher Ward unveiled its rebranding and began efforts to redesign its catalog of watches, the aviation-inspired C8 line saw some dramatic changes. We wrote about the technically-robust C8 Power Reserve Chronometer, one of Christopher Ward’s earliest entries into the line to feature the new direction from the brand. That watch was powered by the company’s in-house, SH21 movement—a COSC-certified, five-day hand-cranker. Aesthetically, the watch drew inspiration from the Spitfire cockpit clock, using “old radium” lume, red accents, and two-tone hands to capture the spirit of the design. Despite the historical influence, however, the watch was decidedly contemporary in its approach.
For its latest release, Christopher Ward is utilizing that design template in a watch that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the RAF (Royal Air Force)—introducing the C9 P2725 TM-B Limited Edition (for the sake of brevity, I’ll refer to this one as the P2725 going forward). Strangely, Christopher Ward has positioned this watch within the C9 range rather than the C8, despite the latter clearly sharing more visual cues with this release. That oddity aside, the P2725 is actually a pretty cool watch.