Christopher Ward recently debuted the C1 Moonglow, a new stainless steel dress watch that features a moonphase indication driven by an in-house modified automatic movement.
The watch is presented in a 40.5 mm x 12.35 stainless steel case which has a mixture of polished and brushed finishes. The lug-to-lug measurement is 48.55 mm, and 20 mm in between the lugs, with a weight of 61 grams not including a strap or bracelet.
Christopher Ward’s watchmaking team removed the date wheel from an ETA 2836-2 and replaced it with four wheels to power the moon phase disc, and two additional wheels to set the mechanism. The result is a smooth perpetual action that consists fo the moon arcing across the dial as opposed to a typical lunar module that rotates only once a day. If the watch remains wound, it will remain accurate for 128 days. The 4Hz self-winding 25 jewel movement with the JJ04 in-house moonphase module has a 38-hour power reserve.
The dial features curved steel hands that have been brushed and polished, the indices have been polished and then applied, the lunar phase indication is half covered by smoked glass, and the date is displayed on the outer most chapter ring. As you can see in the photo (top), the lume (which is an extra bright Grade X1 GL C1 Super-LumiNova® version) has been applied to the 3D stamped moon motifs, the indices, the date ring, and the hands.
A steel push-in crown is engraved with Christopher Ward’s twin flag motif. The movement is visible through a sapphire caseback, including a black diamond-like carbon finish rotor which is engraved with Christopher Ward’s twin flag pattern. An exhibition backplate displays the unique engraved serial number. Water-resistance is 30 meters. The watch is available with either a black leather strap or a stainless steel Milanes mesh bracelet beginning this summer.
Retail is $1,935 on strap and $1,970 on bracelet.