Last September, Christopher Ward released the C1000 Typhoon to honor the FGR4, a variation of the Eurofighter Typhoon, which is one of the most advanced military aircraft in the world. The brand is set to release an updated version with a black six o’clock chronograph hour register, a strong improvement over the blue and pink register used in the 2013 model and one I think will suit a broader range of collectors looking for an affordable aviation chronograph who aren’t necessarily as knowledgeable or passionate about military planes.
Christopher Ward has shown amazing attention to detail on this piece and every component has a specific purpose for its design. The charcoal dial’s numerals, coated with SuperLuminova, are in the same font used in the actual jet’s Heads Up Display. The chronograph dials are recessed and shaped like the FGR4’s afterburners. The seconds hand? Its tip and counterbalance reflect the dramatic shapes of the fighter jet’s wings. All this is behind a museum-grade AR-coated sapphire crystal. The high-tech 42mm case is the first of its kind for the brand, made of ceramic with a titanium “cage” inside of it. It’s as tough as the jet itself, very light and virtually scratchproof. Deeply etched on the case back is the silhouette of the jet, really upping the craftsmanship and detail standard for a Swiss Made chronograph in this price range. The C1000 Typhoon is powered by a modified Valjoux 7750 and comes on a high-density webbing strap with a titanium buckle. Christopher Ward will begin shipping the watch at the end of January. While the core of its design leverages the flieger visuals we all know and love, the Typhoon also brings a unique look and unparalleled construction to a bona fide classic watch style. The Typhoon is a value at $2,060 and the specs make this a solid choice for anyone looking for a reasonably priced and relatively indestructible aviation piece.
- Case: 42mm Ceramic case w/titanium cage
- Dial: Charcoal, SuperLuminova on hands and dial
- Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal with museum-grade AR08
- Movement: ETA 7750 (modified) w/42-hour power reserve
- Case: Ceramic and Titanium
- Water resistance: 5atm/50 meters
- Strap: High density webbing w/ titanium buckle