• ETC
  • 7
  • Image Credit: CarPix
  • Image Credit: Andy Cahill
  • Image Credit: Christopher Ward
We've seen watchmakers use all sorts of methods to make their timepieces more attractive to automotive enthusiasts, from carbon-fiber dials and titanium cases to the logos of partnering automakers and racing series. Some have even designed all-new watches to go with a specific make or model. But Christopher Ward has taken things a step further with its latest chronograph.

The new Christopher Ward C70 3527 GT chronometer eschews all the usual gimmicks and goes for a more interesting one: it actually includes in its construction metal taken from the restoration of a Ferrari 250 GTO – namely chassis number 3527 GT that belongs to one Irvine Laidlaw, a Scottish nobleman and one of the wealthiest individuals in the UK.

When Baron Laidlaw bought his GTO in 2005, he sent it in for a thorough restoration that involved replacing some corroded and damaged exterior body panels. The discarded metal was acquired by TMB Artmetal, which specializes in that sort of thing, and partnered with Christopher Ward to create this limited-edition timepiece. The metal was used to make the back plate on which the number 6 – in homage to 3527's iconic 6 GTO license plate – is etched by laser and placed under museum-grade sapphire crystal.

Otherwise the watch is similar to Ward's standard C70 Motorsport chronometer, but with a metallic red color scheme and bright yellow circle at 12 o'clock that's notably bolder than the watch which Hublot made for 250 GTO owners. It's powered by an ETA thermo-compensated, COSC-certified 251.233 caliber chronograph movement and is fixed to the wrist by a black Italian leather strap with red stitching and lining with Christopher Ward's patented clasp mechanism.

Only 100 examples will be made, available to pre-order for delivery in October at $2,950 – which may seem like a lot for a watch, but pales in comparison to the tens of millions at which GTOs are trading hands these days.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 7 Comments
      bleexeo
      • 5 Months Ago

      Quartz movement = FAIL

        Db
        • 5 Months Ago
        @bleexeo

        While I'm a huge fan of automatic watches and much prefer them to quartz, this particular ETA movement is COSC standard certified at +/- 10 seconds/year. That is some pretty extreme accuracy and hardly a "fail". Additionally, some people do not want to keep their watch on a mechanical winder and/or hand wind and/or have to wear the same watch daily for it to keep operating. Some people want a watch that remains operational and keeps accurate time even if it is left it in a drawer for a month. For that type of person, a quartz is perfect. For me, I love the physical interaction with automatic movements and enjoy the idea of something completely mechanical (and not battery powered) running on my wrist. But... if a person wants a quartz, who cares?

          Larry Litmanen
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Db
          Quartz has it's place no doubt about that, but quartz watch really should not cost over 1K unless it uses precious metals.
          Again, i LOVE C.Ward.
      Corner49
      • 5 Months Ago

      I like the concept and price but not the face. :(

      19nomad56
      • 5 Months Ago

      After reading the description all the way through, I thought it was going to quote a price in the 5-figure range. Although $3K is not cheap, it's less than I would have guessed.