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,
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
The British watch making guru Roger Smith suggested this film from 1967 which offers a fascinating insight into life in Britain at that time and more interestingly shows people working in the Smiths watch factory.
W.T. Author arrived just after I started this blog and some how I managed to miss them, which is a shame. Yes, they are another British watch brand producing a range of watches with largely quartz movements the Swiss made Ronda 513S Quartz . One model , The Black cushion 1929 does have a Citizen 9015 Automatic movement. They do offer a distinctive design direction.
The brand is the idea of Sam Holland & Jonathan Shakespeare. According to their website it all started in 2013.
“At 13:00 Friday 13th September 2013 we launched an independent watch brand, the likes of which had never been seen before; the result of countless meetings at local coffee houses under Birmingham’s prestigious School of Horology. Discussing our love of fine watches, it soon dawned on us exactly how our friendship and passion for design could be directed into manufacturing a collection of our very own that charts the history of watches.”
Starting with the Classic 1905 they plan to produce a new model a year for thirteen years, each to mark a decade of watchmaking. Each watch to be produced in a series limited t 125 pieces, the latest, the 1929, being limited to 100 pieces.
Their workshop is based in the Shropshire countryside where they receive each tailor-made component from every corner of the globe (from USA to South America, Asia to Switzerland and of course, Great Britain). They assemble each product and fit precision movements, tested above and beyond the usual quality standards. They make and fit each strap from beautiful Buffalo hides onto the watch, where it will sit in the packaging with the signed book and limited edition screen print.
To read the considerably longer explanation of the two men’s philosophy and for more details of the watch specifications go to
On March 22nd I was fortunate enough to attend my second Apex evening. These are evenings are events hosted by Piers Berry, the founder of Pinion watches, for Pinion owners and watch enthusiasts for informal watch related discussions . They are held at the Century Club on Shaftsbury Avenue.
The exciting start to the evening was collector Stuart Kelly personally picking up his Revival 1969, reminding him of an important date. As you can see he is very happy with his latest acquisition.
The evening then moved on to a more general chat about Pinion and Piers showed us the current range including two great black DLC versions of the Revival 1969 and the Axis Pure (below).
As to future developments Piers clearly is a little guarded. Before writing anything here I have taken to the precaution of checking what has already been reported. The key point is that sensibly Piers wants to consolidate what he has, he is keen to emphasise the business is self-financed. Interestingly, he did repeat the possibility of a GMT model as he had mentioned in an interview in QP magazine last year so that would like it is happening even we do not have any indication of when.
One Pinion event that is worth looking out for latter in the year is the appearance of a Black Axis in the forthcoming film “Patient Zero”. Could be the “Bond Rolex Moment” for Pinion.
These are really thoroughly enjoyable evenings and so highly recommended.
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.