Christopher Ward have announced a new version of there C-1000 chronograph.
A watch that celebrates the Typhoon Eurofighter combining both a remarkably strong yet light case of ceramic and titanium, with the ETA Valjoux 7750 movement.
The Cockpit Edition celebrates not only the plane but the remarkable pilots of the RAF who fly them. Taking design cues from the cockpit (particularly the yellow “warning” elements) the completely new look dial and hands suggest the instrumentation at the centre of the pilot’s fast moving world.
There will be three variants available, all at £995.
Last week in the Financial Times Watches and Jewellery special section there was a thought provoking article in which Jorn Wedelin, the Danish but British based watchmaker gives his opinions on the future of luxury watchmaking. It is better to read the whole article. Here is a link to the FT.
One point he made that I think points to a future for our British brands when pitted against the Swiss power brands is – rarity. Part of the appeal of luxury watches is their rarity and their stories. Fingers crossed.
This has been a pretty exciting week from a watch point of view given all the new watch announcements. One company worth a mention, despite them not being British, is Tudor. I am particularly taken by their Black Bay in bronze which I like to believe is following the lead of Pinion and Schofield in the use of this material.
Anyway moving onto the news in the title of this entry, Bremont and their new models. At the watch fair they announced no fewer than 10 new watches.
Four of which coming from their involvement in the Americas Cup and collaboration with Boing.
On the left is the AC-R in steel and the right the OTUSA.
Bremont also have three new watches for women. Based on the 32mm case below.
These fine watches are a limited edition collection of four COSC-certified chronometers, celebrates four of the earliest Grand Prix races from the pioneering years of motorsport.
This are really great looking watches for motor sport fans. I was a little disappointed to discover they have quartz movements, I would have thought a mechanical one would have more appeal to petrol-heads.
Each watch is available either with these leather straps or a steel one or
The latest newsletter from Pinion, that arrived this morning, announced that the Axis II range now consists of a choice of three cases, Steel, Bronze and Black DLC. Each being available either with a closed or exhibition back. One interesting “Pinion Fact” is that emerged from reading about these watches was that the Bronze Axis was the first bronze watch from a modern British company.
On one of my browsing sessions I came across another British “micro-brand” that has escaped my notice up until now. Offshore Professionalb from Classic Chronographs Ltd whose stated aim is to build unique chronographs under the OFFSHORE Professional model name.
These are the broad specifications:
44 mm diameter (47.5 mm incl crown), 14.5 mm thick
Custom made triple complication 25 jewel Swiss Valjoux automatic movement with anti-magnetic key components
Movement manufactured to a customised top echelon grade with decorated and rhodium plated mainplates
Day and Date display
Hour, minute and 1/8 second chronograph
Layered shock resistance
Pressure rated to 10 ATM (300 ft water depth)
Suitable for any climate (tested in the arctic, tropics & middle east)
4 layer dial designed for maximum low-light and harsh-light visibility
C1 Super Luminova solid wafers in hour and minute hand
C3 Super Luminova hour markers on dial
No luminous markings on subdial or second hands for clear night time legibility of hour and minute hands
Silicon impregnated leather strap with rubber core and neoprene anti-sweat lining
316L stainless steel multi-hinge deployment clasp with engraved Trident logo
316L stainless steel bracelet with Trident logo deep engraved into a butterfly clasp
Both the bracelet and strap are included with each watch
Leather travel case suitable for up to 2 watches
2 year Warranty & a Lifetime Guarantee
There is a great description of this limits of this guarantee :
There isn’t much in day-to-day life that will destroy one of these watches. If you break a crown, button, sapphire crystal, damage the movement or do anything else from any reasonable level of accident (dropping onto a tiled floor for instance) over the first 2 years of ownership then just send it back and it will be repaired or replaced. Same goes for any water ingress provided you promise you didn’t push the chronograph buttons when swimming.
The warranty extends to the strap, clasp and bracelet. You can swim or shower with the leather strap as it is silicon impregnated to be more waterproof than your skin, but please remember not to apply any mosquito repellents containing high levels of DEET as they will dissolve the neoprene lining and leave a black stain on your wrist.
If you manage to break an OFFSHORE Professional Field Engineer through something not covered by the Warranty, like running over it with a car, then I will replace it at half the price of a new one. This is a lifetime guarantee (my lifetime as I don’t want to pass any liabilities onto my children) regardless of abuse, lack of servicing or number of owners. Failure analysis is a important part of engineering and from a dent or damage size, I can back calculate the impact energy that caused it and the energy levels that were absorbed or transmitted through each of the shock absorbing layers.