In 2015, when Christopher Ward previously delivered their middle dial moonphase complication, I was very intrigued. A semi-uncommon complication in any case, moonphases are once in a while seen about the focal point of the dial, which builds their scale and puts them at the front line of the watch. To accomplish this startling undertaking, Christopher Ward built up an in-house module that, when combined with an ETA 2836, turned into the JJ04 type. Exact to one day for each at regular intervals (of persistent activity), this was an incredible accomplishment for the generally youthful brand, and one that was made significantly more pointed by the sub-$2,000 cost tag.
It’s 2019, and a ton has changed since the principal arrival of the Christopher Ward C9 , presently the C1 Moonphase (it got an update a couple of years back). The brand’s tasteful has developed from neo-traditional to current, and their plans have become undeniably more remarkable. With the 50th commemoration of the moon arrival happening in the not so distant future (July 20th), it’s the ideal time for Christopher Ward to return to the moon, so to talk — presenting the Christopher Ward C1 Moonglow.
Christopher Ward C1 Moonglow
- Case Material: Stainless steel
- Dial: Multi-layered dial plan
- Dimensions: 40.5mm x 48.5mm x 13.3mm
- Crystal: Sapphire
- Water Resistance: 3 ATM
- Crown: Push/pull
- Movement: JJ04 Caliber
- Strap/Bracelet: Shell cordovan calfskin lash on deployant; Milanese
- Price: $1,935 on shell cowhide; $1,970 on Milanese
- Expected Release: Available now for pre-request
Representing another course for the brand, the C1 Moonglow is an altogether contemporary interpretation of the complication. Less dressy than previously, the Moonglow is presently a manly, business-easygoing watch that puts significantly a greater amount of an accentuation on the moonphase than past manifestations. Also, as the name proposes, it utilizes a wealth of Super-LumiNova to rejuvenate the watch in obscurity, bringing back recollections of gleaming star-stickered-roofs from your childhood.
The wide dial is delivered for the most part in dark, comprising of an external ring with a date and hour list and an inward moonphase district. Hopping right to the superstar, the enormous moonphase complication is completely noticeable, with the current stage appeared through an ordinarily scalloped gap from 10:00 to 4:00. In an extraordinary move, the remainder of the moonphase circle is likewise noticeable, yet it’s situated behind a smoked surface, obscuring it barely enough to tell you what’s in core interest. The outcome is striking.
The circle itself comprises of a dark surface with stars imprinted in lume-white and two huge domed moons. Instead of a theoretical moon-like surface, real portrayals of the moon are imprinted on top of lumed surfaces. At the point when energized, the showcase is engaging and loads of fun, with the uncovered stars and moon gleaming at an unexpected force in comparison to those behind the smoked surface. The authenticity of the moons adds to the more contemporary feel of the watch.
On the ring just around the moonphase are tiny, applied hour markers that are cleaned and lume-filled, each with four printed hash checks in the middle for the minutes. It’s a downplayed approach, particularly when compared to the original’s enormous Roman numerals. It takes care of business and doesn’t detract from the conspicuous star.
Continuing outwards, there is a date complication executed in a novel design. As opposed to a standard date window, there is a pivoting plate with a red marker on it. This lines up with a date numeral on the external edge of the dial, accordingly making such a sub-dial pointer-date. It’s a keen plan that is not difficult to peruse initially and adds a sensation of more prominent complexity to the dial without needing a fourth hand. Staying with the nighttime topic of the watch, the record is imprinted in lume, and the pointer plate is completely lumed. Around evening time, the red imprint shows up as a void in the ring, along these lines actually demonstrating the date.
For the case, Christopher Ward used their 40.5 x 48.5mm dress plan, here at 13.3mm to the highest point of the domed sapphire. This is the case found on their present C1 Moonphase, and the one highlighted on the C1 Grand Malvern I checked on back in 2017. A rich plan, it highlights diving case sides with blended completing and cunning sunken cuts, successfully assisting with separating the case’s stature. Flipping the case around, you are blessed to receive a wide perspective on the JJ04 type, which incorporates a finished, dark rotor.
The combination of the layered, contemporary dial with the streaming lines of the case makes a watch that rides the line among formal and easygoing. It has the refinement anticipated from a complication-forward watch, yet it comes up short on the traditional assumption many stick to, subsequently making it more reasonable on the wrist of a more youthful age. The case adds some manly style, balancing the watch overall. The outcome is a remarkably wearable watch that is a contemporary interpretation of a conventional concept.
While the utility of a moonphase is easily proven wrong, its style isn’t. Out of nowhere your wristwatch is extended from just an approach to follow natural worries to an approach to follow the movement of divine bodies. Exactness is talked about in hundreds of years or more, giving them a haze of existential thought too. Such an assignment merits a beautiful showcase, not a measly sub-dial that requires an amplifying glass to appreciate. In the realm of haute horology, a modest bunch of creators have done charming things, yet in the domain of the reasonable watch, just Christopher Ward has handled this challenge.
The new C1 Moonglow addresses one more solid contribution from the brand, one that isn’t simply fabricated and completed to compete with more settled Swiss houses, yet intended to stand apart from them also. The Christopher Ward C1 Moonglow is $1,935 as demonstrated on shell cordovan. Christopher Ward