George Daniels for auction

There is some exciting news for well off fans of British watches. A George Daniels watch is coming up for sale at Bonhams next month.

George Daniels 35th Anniversary
George Daniels 35th Anniversary

The price estimate is between £70-100,000.

Read the whole article here on Salon QP http://www.salonqp.com/updates/watch-news/george-daniels-sale-bonhams/

Christopher Ward C8 – Power Reserve

The folks at Christopher Ward have been busy over the summer, which is pretty useful for those of us looking fro something to write about.

This week say the announcement of this watch the C8-Power Reserve,

 

C-8 Power Reserve
C-8 Power Reserve

And what a handsome watch it is. When I first press shots I was very tempted.

Combining classic aviation design with the Johannes Jahnke movement , this is a timepiece that exceeds at both visual and mechanical levels. Powered by a hand-wound version of the Calibre SH21, the  chronometer movement comes with a redesigned bridge, and can be seen through the watch’s exhibition caseback.
As you will guess from the title of this model the key feature of this watch is the movement’s 5 day power reserve.

 

The price is interesting to at £ 1550. This issue for me is the case size, 44mm I would have liked to see this at 38/39mm. I am still not convinced all brands have the right “presence” to be so large.

As usual Christopher Ward have produced a great video

Hodinkee Chr. Ward reflections

I read this article as it was giving the Hodinkee team’s view on this limited edition watch from Christopher Ward.

https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/christopher-ward-c9-db4-aston-martin-zagato-editorial

 

C-9 db4 special edition
C-9 db4 special edition

The article gives the usual balanced assessment of the watch but then goes onto make some observations about the appropriate linking of limited edition watches to other prestige brands/products; in this case a very special Aston Martin. I think they have a point there does seem to mis-match between the the watch and the car.

There could also be another way of looking at the thoughts behind the watch. It could be that the people at Chr. Ward came across an opportunity to obtain material from this much admired car and came up with this way of using. I will have to get in touch and see if they can tell me what the truth is.

Christopher Ward C-8 UTC World Timer

This week saw the announcement of a great looking watch from Christopher Ward the C-8 UTC World timer.

C-8 UTC World Timer in Black
C-8 UTC World Timer in Black

Named after Universal Coordinated Time – a term preferred in aviation over ‘GMT’ – the C8 UTC Worldtimer offers the wearer near-unlimited timing possibilities. The watch takes its design cues from the rest of the C8 Flyer Collection, which references the Smith’s Mark II A clock used in Spitfires during World War II. All carry engravings of the historic aviation wind tunnels in Farnborough where the aerodynamics of British aircraft like the Spitfire and Concorde were honed. Perhaps the most striking feature of the timepiece is the two-piece dial, which features a crown-operated world timer bezel showing prominent international cities, meaning the wearer can immediately work out the time anywhere on Earth. For those looking to keep track of one timezone in particular, the 24-hour GMT hand will be an invaluable tool. The military feel is continued with the large Arabic numerals, raised indexes and ‘pipette’ hands, all of which are coated with Superluminova for visibility at low light. Meanwhile, the 44mm case is available in stainless steel or with a black DLC finish.Movement
This fine ETA calibre (‘calibre’ is the fancy word in the watch industry describing a movement) with dual-time functionality allows for the time to be told in two time zones simultaneously – hence its use on ‘GMT’ watches.

Competively priced at £950 these watches will be available from mid-October.

British Watchmaking on BBC !

On my return from my holiday today I had the pleasure to read an article on the BBC website discussing the revival of British watch making.

Union Flag

The article as you might expect was not very in-depth but it did give a welcome boost to the efforts being made by British watch brands. The reach off the BBC clearly puts Grinidgetime to shame so I hope it stimulates people to investigate further. I would have been great to see a few more brands mentioned.

The full article is  here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36902222

 

 

 

 

Peak at Farer

The website Watchpro have just published a first look at the  soon to be launched British watch brand – Farer

Farer Frobisher
Farer Frobisher

According to Watchpro each watch will feature a 39.5mm case with a brushed stainless steel and rim. The vintage-inspired domed sapphire crystal glass should  give the watches a retro feel, featuring a 10mm depth and a curved sunray dial in various colour way finishes.

RRRP for the watches is £340 to £420, with the brand signing an exclusive deal with Selfridges.

Hopefully I will get to see the watches for myself when I come back from my holiday.