A few years ago I emigrated to South Australia from England with my wife and child. Ultimately it was a hard decision to make this change because we absolutely loved living in the UK. In fact in the 1990’s Britain was one of the coolest places to reside. The mood was high because the government had changed from Conservative to Labour. At this time there was an emergence of trendy new bands and a reprisal of the phrase “Cool Britannia” This good vibe has continued now for nearly 20 years and filtered into all aspects of industry especially the world of horology.
Presently the British watch scene is pretty exciting and healthy. Brands like Schofield, Bremont and the fantastic new Valour Watch Company have definitely made their mark. There is also another impressive watchmaker called Christopher Ward. A few months ago I had the pleasure of testing their stylish new C9 Harrison Automatic. This superb watch is elegant, affordable and has an in house developed mechanical movement. Since then the company has developed an interactive game, opened a boutique in the USA and donated to charitable causes.
Like many brands I deal with, my main mode of contact is with external communications. In this instance Sara Ashraf (Kavanagh Communications) arranged to ship one of Christopher Ward’s latest models for review. The timepiece in question is called the C11 Titanium Extreme 1000. My first impression of the watch when it arrived was very positive. Dimensionally the watch measures 42mm x 14.9mm and should appeal to a wide variety of buyers including the unisex market. Generally I found the watch felt very lightweight and sat comfortably on the wrist. Essentially this is down to the innovative case shape and choice of high performance titanium in production.
When it comes to divers watches, companies like Rolex and Omega dominate the market. Therefore any newcomers have to produce something really interesting and distinctive to stand a chance. I would say Christopher Ward have achieved this with the C11 Titanium Extreme 1000. The black dial is uncluttered and perfectly contrasts with the large green numerals and hour/minute hands. Other features include a rotating inner bezel, helium release valve, small date window (located at 4 o’clock) and AR08 anti-reflective sapphire crystal. Overall the design is aesthetically pleasing and the finishing is high quality.
Beneath the robust exterior lies an off the shelf COSC certified (chronometer) self-winding movement from Swiss manufacturer Selita. The Caliber SW200-1 comprises 26-jewels and oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. Hopefully Christopher Ward will work towards fitting all their timepieces with in- house mechanisms in the future. Functionally the C11 Titanium Extreme 1000 features hours, minutes, seconds and date indication. The watch also has a power reserve of 38 hours and is water resistant to an impressive depth of 1000 metres.
The C11 Titanium Extreme 1000 has a durable black rubber strap with matching titanium buckle. Priced realistically at: £1,150 (approximately $1,799).
For more information about Christopher Ward visit the company’s website: http://www.christopherward.co.uk