Christopher Ward, a British company who have an expanding range ofÂ mechanical and quartz watches have released details of an interestingÂ new model, the C11, an aviator/instrument styled watch which isÂ in the vein of Bell and Ross’ BR-01.
Two models are going to be available. An automatic powered by eitherÂ an Â ETA 2824-2 or Â Sellita SW200-1 and a Quartz chronograph. Both areÂ 42mm and have some interesting details. Particularly cool is the chunky 316L Steel Case,Â “black on black” date function at “4” and an engravedÂ case back.
CW produce what could be described as “entry level” good qualityÂ watches but to consider them a budget watch company is to do them aÂ disservice.Â They do two things I really like, firstly they produceÂ affordable watches which are informed by, but do not slavishly copyÂ classic watch design. They introduce just enough design elements toÂ clearly make the watch their ownÂ whilstÂ retaining some of the vitalÂ aspects which make the classic watch so cool. A good example in theÂ C11 is the cutting off the edges of the square case. It looks great,Â differentiates the watch from B and R and retains the “aviation instrument” feel.
The other key thing CW do Â is have seriously high standards in finish,Â materials and packaging. They are very honest about the movementsÂ used, no silly renaming of stock ETA calibers. You can see exactlyÂ what you are getting for your money, a good, solid well made chunk ofÂ metal and glass for people who care about watches rather than brands.
Bell and Ross make great watches but considering they use stock ETAÂ movements before you drop a few grand on a BR-01 take a look at theÂ C11, you might be very surprised.
Pre orders being taken now for a projected early september delivery.Â AutomaticÂ (non EU tax) is Â£332 ($550), Chrono Â is Â£291 ($480).
Take a look: Christopher Ward C11 pre order
Images: Christopher Ward