Christopher Ward C9 5 Day Small-Second Chronometer


Christopher Ward C9 5 Day Small-Second Chronometer

It’s a new watch from Christopher Ward with an elegant and refined look – the C9 5 Day Small-Second Chronometer, described by the brand as a watch with a quintessentially English design ethos. Right from the name of the watch, we find out that the power reserve of the movement is 5 days, and also that there is a small second indication on the dial. But what you might not know is that this watch is powered by caliber SH21, Christopher Ward’s very first in-house movement that debuted last year. The new C9 is available in 3 versions, the difference being in the strap. Each model is priced at £1,295. Also, it should be mentioned that each watch in this collection is hand crafted by Swiss watchmakers in Christopher Ward’s atelier in Biel, so that certainly tells you a lot about the quality and attention to detail.

The watch can be fitted with one of the three stylish leather straps with embossed alligator pattern

The watch can be fitted with one of the three stylish leather straps with embossed alligator pattern

So, without any further ado, let’s focus on the new C9. First things first – the case. For this model, we have an elegant 40 mm case made of stainless steel, with a thickness of 12.2 mm. On the right side, you’ll notice a matching crown, but what’s probably more interesting here is certainly the back part. Namely, the case-back is transparent, so we get a nice view of the movement and its details. Sapphire crystal, of course, is also featured on the front. Here we find a museum-grade sapphire crystal, and for optimal readability, there’s AR08 anti-reflective coating. When it comes to water resistance, this timepiece can withstand pressures of up to 5 bar.

Transparent case-back reveals the movement

Transparent case-back reveals the movement

Complementing the elegant stainless steel case, we have a white, one-piece metal dial. The latter is contrasted with black Roman numerals, emphasizing the refined look of the new C9. Next, we have the continuous small second indicator at 6 o’clock, and in addition to that, there’s a date window at 3 o’clock. At the center of the dial, we have two blued leaf-shaped hands, for hours and minutes.

Inside this watch is the caliber SH21 with 27 jewels, the first in-house movement by Christopher Ward. This is a hand-wound movement, beating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) and it was created by master watchmaker Johannes Jahnke. The caliber is also chronometer-certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute, which is great to hear. Some notable components here include the stop-second hacking mechanism, as well as the twin barrels. The latter are connected in series, and together they provide this movement with a power reserve of 120 hours.

Elegant and refined

Elegant and refined

Completing the watch is a stylish Italian leather strap with embossed alligator pattern. The strap is available in three colors – dark blue, black, and brown – so we have a nice selection of elegant straps that go well with the overall look of this timepiece. Making sure the strap stays firmly on the wrist, we have a Bader deployment clasp. Finally, the watch comes in a luxury presentation case, along with the owner’s handbook.

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