London based Christopher Ward has recently unveiled their first watch powered by an in-house movement. This is a significant advancement for any watch brand, let alone a brand that has only been in existence for a decade. In the watchmaking world, having the know-how to design and produce a mechanical caliber, is the single most crucial element that elevates a watch brand to that next level.
The first watch to use the new Christopher Ward SH21 caliber is the C9 Harrison 5 Day Automatic. It is presented in a hand-finished 43 mm by 13.45 mm stainless steel case. The bezel, crown, and top of the lugs are fully polished, and the case sides are brushed.
The C9 is available in a blue, black or white galvanic sun-ray one-piece metal dial with raised nickel indexes, as well as nickel hands. Hour, minute and second hands are centrally mounted, with a date display at 3 o’clock. The dial is protected by a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating. The caseback is screwed down and has an anti-reflective sapphire crystal. Water-resistance is 50 meters.
If you are wondering how such a young watch brand conceived and produced a manufacture movement in only 4-years, it’s thanks to a merger with an established Swiss manufacture Synergies Horlogères.