Christopher Ward Watches
Just out for public delectation is the latest magazine from Christopher Ward Watches, edited by my good self.
Produced to a very high standard, the twice-yearly publication is a platform from which this young British company sells its excellent Swiss-made watches, such as this highly sophisticated Single Pusher model. This is the fourth edition of the mag I have overseen and included in its pages are a wide range of features of general interest to the intelligent reader.
In 1957 at Aintree (yes, on a track alongside the racecourse), the UK-based Vanwall motor racing team won the British Grand Prix from the all-powerful Ferraris in an extraordinary race that saw Tony Brooks (left in the picture) swap cars with his team mate Stirling Moss in the middle of the contest to allow Moss to cross the line first. Imagine that happening today! It was the first time that a British driver – or two in this case – had won a world championship race in a British racing car. Christopher Ward is produced a limited-edition chronometer to celebrate this memorable victory.
London-based Kerry Taylor is one of the world’s leading experts on vintage fashion – and we are talking here about the top-level stuff, not what you find in the local Age Concern charity shop. On March 19 she is selling 10 dresses that were worn by Diana, Princess of Wales. Kerry is articulate, amusing and forthright. I really enjoyed interviewing her at her Bermondsey auction rooms.
During World War II my mother Louisa, who was 92 in January, served in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF), so I was particularly pleased and honoured to talk to a couple of her contemporaries about the secret system that protected the British Isles against air attack in 1939-45. Eileen Younghusband and Patricia Clark worked in Filter Centres, the secret rooms in which enemy (and friendly) aircraft activity was analysed and plotted at great speed by mainly WAAF personnel in their early twenties. A crucial link in the Dowding System, the air defence strategy devised by Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding, the Filter Centres are one of the great unknown stories of the Second World War. The largely unsung heroines of the WAAF will be celebrated more fully when Bentley Priory, Fighter Command’s wartime HQ in Stanmore, north London, is opened as a museum in September this year.
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