The Watch That Saved Buckingham Palace

Sixty five years ago RAF Flight Lieutenant Ray Holmes successfully defended Buckingham Palace from an oncoming Luftwaffe bomber by ramming it in mid-air with his Hawker Hurricane, P2725.

 

Now, watchmaker Christopher Ward, and their partners at TMB Art Metal, excavated its wreckage from underneath Buckingham Palace Road. Limited to 100 pieces, this watch contains a piece of aluminium from P2725's engine that has been engraved with a map of central London, its crash site identified with a red dot.

 

Recalling the Hurricane’s altimeter, the power reserve function is depicted in Old Radium, with its empty gauge and needle shown in red, and each watch is delivered with two straps, a canvas one reflecting the plane’s fabric fuselage and a camel vintage oak leather strap.