Christopher Ward, everyone’s favorite “premium British watch brand” is announcing the C8 Regulator Limited Edition, a regulator watch with one huge minute hand and hour and second sub-dials. Regulators have long been used in watchmaking ateliers to set the watches for testing.

From the marketing materials:

?Whilst taking inspiration from the aviation aesthetic of the C8 Regulator Mk I, the new C8 Regulator Limited Edition offers a modernist take on pilot’s style. Understated matt black accentuates the dial’s features, and the individual hands, including the semi-skeletonised brushed gunmetal minute marker and the red second marker, draw the viewer’s attention to the hands and allow for ease of use and complete accuracy.

The watch’s case back is equally as elegant, with the wide opening of the smoked glass exhibition case revealing an elaboré hand wound Unitas 6498 movement, with a 3 wheel module cleverly engineered by Christopher Ward’s Technical Director Johannes Jahnke, to bring the hour hand from central to 12 o’clock.

As noted above it runs a 6498 Unitas which means its hand-winding and probably ticks like a freight train when it’s quiet – just the kind of workhorse detail that makes big pieces like this one great.

The regulator will cost about $1,400 is is shipping on February 23. You can check it out here and we’ll try to get our paws on on to tell you how our regulation is going.

Specs

Swiss made
17 jewel Unitas 6498 hand wound movement with JJ module
44mm sandblasted DLC case
Push-down crown
Anti-reflective top sapphire crystal
Matte black dial with hour and second subdials, raised and brushed flat gunmetal indexes accented with old radium lume
Brushed gunmetal and old radium lume hour and minute hands and red second hand
Screw down open case back with smoked glass and engraved serial number
Whip stitch Tibor leather strap with CW motif buckle

Diameter: 44mm
Height: 11.4mm
Weight: 91g
Calibre: Unitas 6498 with JJ module
Case: Steel DLC
Water Resistance: 5 ATM (50 metres)

By John Biggs

John lives in Brooklyn and has loved watches since he got his first Swatch Irony automatic in 1998. He is the editor of WristWatchReview.

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