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Monday, August 20, 2012

Going green: Christopher Ward Limited Edition C7 MKII Rapide Chronograph

Not content with launching the new Limited Edition Christopher Ward C900 Single Pusher Chronograph just a couple of weeks ago, Christopher Ward has now released the new Limited Edition C7 MK II Rapide in British Racing Green.

The watch combines the style of 1950s motor racing watches with the colour that’s so often associated with many of Britain’s most glorious victories in the sport.

The Limited Edition Christopher Ward C7 MK II Rapide in British Racing Green is a tribute British motor racing glory

Just the words ‘British Racing Green’ conjure up images of sprightly Bentleys and Jaguar D-Types thundering around Le Mans. The design of the C7 Rapide MK II with its three chronograph eyes are inspired by the fuel gauges and rev counters of these cars. Even the reverse of the watch has an exclusive steering wheel design engraved on the back plate.

Powered by a Ronda 3540.D quartz chronograph movement, the C7 MK II has 1/10th second split timing, a tachymeter bezel and SuperLuminova™ indices and hands.

With a 42mm case, the watch is also water resistant to 100m. The C7 MKII is priced to roar off the shelves,  and comes with a choice of a Spanish "Toro Bravo" leather deployment strap (£399.00), a stainless steel bracelet (£450.00) or a black rubber strap (£399.00).

Only 500 of the Limited Edition British Racing Green C7 MK IIs are being made for delivery in September so they are certain to go faster than Jaguar D-Type.

The History of British Racing Green

British drivers first adopted British Racing Green for the Gordon Bennet Cup in 1903 – nearly 110 years ago. The rules stated that components for each car should be made in the country being represented and painted in a ‘national’ colour. The British Napier team could not opt for red, white or blue because Italy, Germany and France (respectively) had already taken them. Motor racing was still illegal in Great Britain so the race was staged in Ireland and Napier decided to paint their cars shamrock green – partly as a mark of respect for their hosts. The colour stuck from that moment on.

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