If I were to say that aviation-inspired watches have become ubiquitous to a fault, I’d wager that few would raise their voices in protest. Though having options is generally not a bad thing, as someone who spends most of his day thinking about and reviewing watches, I find it hard these days to get excited when my inbox gets hit with a press release announcing a new pilot/aviation watch—even more so when there are brands like Sinn and Stowa doing majorly cool things with the genre. So when I was made aware of the new C8 Power Reserve Chronometer from Christopher Ward, I was pleasantly surprised.
The C8 collection is the brand’s line of aviation watches loosely rooted in the design of Spitfire cockpit clocks. Earlier C8 models have included the Flyer Quartz/Automatic and the more recent UTC Worldtimer, but the latest Power Reserve Chronometer is undoubtedly the pinnacle of the series. On the surface, the concept is certainly familiar, but there are a lot of intriguing elements being brought together in one watch, and at $2,060 it’s a package that few can rival.