A week ago, Christopher Ward disclosed three new watches in the C1 Grand Malvern assortment a few section level augmentations to the C8 Flyer line. Every one of the three of the new watches in the C1 family address new dreams for watches that were once essential for the C9 line. These refreshed renditions unite Christopher Ward’s premium dress watches under the Grand Malvern name that was presented before the end of last year. What’s more, the C8 Flyer family has for quite some time been Christopher Ward’s present day take on the pilot watch, and two new three-handers currently offer a more reasonable section point into the collection.
C1 Grand Malvern 5 Day Automatic – $1,705
First up in the C1 Grand Malvern line is the new 5 Day Automatic, using the leader SH21 development yet now in the somewhat slimmer Grand Malvern case. The combination of cleaned and brushed surfaces on the new 40.5mm case alongside the advanced styling of the dial cause the C1 Grand Malvern to have all the earmarks of being a more complete bundle. The date gap at three accepts a similar structure as the one in the updated C5 Malvern line dispatched recently, and the Christopher Ward marking at nine o’clock is adjusted pleasantly across the dial. The cleaned blued hour and moment hands give a pleasant differentiation against the domed opaline white dial.
C1 Grand Malvern Moonphase – $1,595
Christopher Ward’s C9 moonphase dial and moon enumerating was absolutely perhaps the most delightful translation of this complication in its value range. A similar generally look of the first is proceeded beyond what many would consider possible into the C1 Grand Malvern line with the finished silver moon navigating across the dark blue dial and brilliant sky. However, the entire dial is currently compliment and more present day, supplanting the guilloché surface of the first with a sunburst dial and less interference. The watch is fueled by the JJ04 type, Christopher Ward’s in-house module on top of an ETA 2836, which purportedly gives the moonphase an exactness to one day in 128 years.
C1 Grand Malvern Small Second – $1,540
The third and potentially most engaging expansion to the family is the C1 Grand Malvern Small Second. This watch utilizes the hand wind amendment to the SH21 development with sub-seconds at six o’clock as recently found in the C9 5 Day SS Chronometer that it replaces. Standing out against the negligible and present day dial, the seconds sub-dial is well proportioned—large, without being domineering. There is a particular shortfall of any stature in the dial—no step or surface to the sub-dial, no raised files and dainty rod markers with just a solitary lengthened numeral at 12. It is a perfect and inadequate looking dial, yet it figures out how to in any case look present day and even unmistakable. The manual development encourages this one to come in at 11.65mm thick, including the domed sapphire crystal.
All three are accessible to buy with a shell cordovan tie and licensed Bader clasp, or with Milanese cross section wristband. The choice of a Milanese lattice arm band rather than the run of the mill cleaned hardened steel wristband is another progression that means the advanced at this point exemplary course Christopher Ward are going toward.
C8 Flyer Automatic/Quartz – $680/$455
Christopher Ward have likewise added two section level three-handers to their C8 Flyer assortment to sit close by the current Regulator , Power Reserve Chronometer and Worldtimer models. The C8 Flyer Automatic and C8 Flyer Quartz both utilize the equivalent refreshed 44mm case—with the automatic rendition lodging the Sellita SW200-1, and the quartz fueled by the Ronda 715.2. Both watches include an exceptionally decipherable sandwich dial with raised numerals at 12 and six, vintage radium style lume and a shading coordinated date window at three o’clock. The just outside contrast between the two is the AUTOMATIC phrasing on the dial. There are two choices for case finish, either a Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) covering as seen here, or in customary hardened steel. Rebranding is consistently something extreme to get right and there were in excess of a couple of cocked eyebrows when Christopher Ward’s most recent heading was presented a year ago. These new deliveries, especially the further incorporations to the C1 Grand Malvern range following the Power Reserve and Jumping Hour models, show that the assortment is truly beginning to come to fruition as an advanced looking line of value dress watches. Christopher Ward