I’ve made no secret of being a big fan of what Chris Ward has been creating – mainly, very affordable timepieces that hit above their weight when it comes to things like style and technical ability. They’re newest model, the C900 World Timer, is another great entry in their catalog.
The C900 houses a very unique movement. Starting with a base ETA2893, Johannes Janke creates the Calibre JJ03. What this does is, along with the 24-hour GMT hand, ties the main hour hand to a 24-hour display. While those take some getting used to, it should reduce confusion when reading two different time zones.
The next really interesting thing is how that second time zone is set. While you do set it with the crown, it’s indicated in two ways. First, you have the airport code of your selected city indicated up at 12 o’clock. Second, you get a little red dot popping up on the map that corresponds with the selected airport. I think this is the first time I’ve seen a map on a watch dial being used for something other than looking pretty – and I like it.
Housed in a 43mm stainless steel case (and topped with a sapphire crystal), the C900 is a great looking piece of kit, and I think it would be excellent for someone who’s travelling quite a bit, or talking with folks (friends, family, co-workers) in another timezone quite a bit. Coming standard on an Lousiana alligator strap, the C900 will retail for just over $2,400; you can pre-order yours today. christoperward-usa.com
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