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Issue One Winter 2011

Car Watches - The Christopher Ward C70IT Rosso Corsa Reviewed by Adrian Ainsworth

legendary Italian racing car marques such as Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Ferrari made famous.


22 jewel Swiss quartz movement Multi-function chronograph Date window Convex sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating Adjustable quick-release butterfly clasp Screw-in crown Chronographic dials with split mins / secs / 1/10 Tachymeter bezel Colour matched deluxe box


Diameter 42mm Height 10.7mm Weight 80g - 160g Movement ETA 251.272Water resistance 10 atm

This series of six highly collectible, limited edition watches, celebrates the inaugural Grand Prix victory for each of the nations that originally hosted the most famous of automobile races that eventually became today's Formula 1 Championship.

The striking design of each watch uses the chassis colours of the host nation's racing colours, the US version includes the famous "Cunningham Stripe" - with further details of the year of victory, the race track and the winning driver engraved on the reverse of the case.

The collection has recently been supplemented by the addition of The C70 DBR1

which celebrates the Aston Martin DBR1 victory at Le Mans.

The C70 IT Rosso Corsa

The 4th September 1921 was the date of the first Gran Premio d'Italia at the Montichiari course in the Northern Italian town of Brescia.

Although the French driver Louis Wagner took pole position on the starting grid it was his compatriot Jules Goux who won the 30 lap race (Wagner finished 3rd) in a time of 3 hours, 35 minutes and 9 seconds.

The C70IT is dressed in the Italian racing colours Rosso Corsa (race red) which

Pros: three of the contributors to BeastWatch have a C70 ( the DBR1)which is testament to the quality and style of this range of watches.

Cons: the painted bezel is perhaps vulnerable to chipping so the watch needs to be shown a bit of respect.

Verdict: 4.5 stars. At a price point of £330 ( Feb 2011) you canʼt go wrong with any of the C70s and if red is your colour this is the one.

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