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The young English brand Christopher Ward continues to expand its range with a brand new collection, called The Twelve. On the program: integrated bracelet, guilloché dial and atmosphere sport-chic. A little preview of this novelty that required almost six years of work.
All the codes of sport-chic
With The Twelve, Christopher Ward follows all the codes of the sport-chic watch. The wide link bracelet is of course integrated, and in a very beautiful way. It extends a box of 40mm in diameter, flanked by two crown guards at 3 o’clock. The dial offers a guillochage very interesting, made up of small crosses that echo the brand’s logo, placed at 12 o’clock. This dial is circled with a dodecagonal bezel (12 sides), which sports a polished chamfer, thus giving a touch of gloss and refinement. The hands are typical of the brand, in the shape of very elongated arrows. They face triangular indexes, the 12 o’clock index being doubled. The date window is placed at 6 o’clock, ensuring a beautiful symmetry to the whole. When it comes to materials, the Twelve is available in steel or titanium, both for cases and bracelets. A relevant choice, which allows the brand to broaden its target and which confirms its desire to move upmarket. The Twelve is available in 6 colors and on two types of straps (metal or silicone).
Two Swiss movements, one of which is COSC certified
On the mechanical side, the steel version of the Twelve is equipped with a well-known Swiss movement: the Sellita SW200-1 : a reliable and precise calibre, with an excellent quality/price ratio. The titanium version, on the other hand, is powered by the Sellita SW300-1. Not only is this caliber thinner than the SW200, which allows the titanium version to display a 1mm thinner profile than the steel version, but it also offers a better power reserve: 56 hours, compared to 38 for the SW200. Finally, this SW300 caliber is COSC-certifiedas a guarantee of excellent precision (-4 /+6 sec per day).
An affordable alternative
After the Tissot PRX, the Frédérique Constant Highlife or even the Maurice Lacroix Aikon, Christopher Ward is now offering a affordable alternative to sport-chic watches with integrated bracelet. With prices ranging from €1095 to €2075, the Twelve offers a really good value for money. Only downside: a design that reminds a little too much of the Czapek Antartique, and which would therefore have deserved more singularity, even if this is partly explained by the fact that the two watches share the same paternity, in the person ofAdrian Buchmann.
For more information, visit the Christopher Ward website
CHARACTERISTICS – CHRISTOPHER WARD THE TWELVE
Case: 316L stainless steel or grade 2 titanium – polished and brushed finish – 40mm diameter x 44.5mm long x 9.95mm (steel) or 8.95mm (titanium) thick – sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment – screw-down crown – water resistance 10 ATM (1000 meters)
Dial: Guilloché background – applied indexes and brushed hands – polished second hand – SuperLumiNova on indexes and hands – date window at 6 o’clock
Movement : Sellita SW200-1 calibre, 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz), 26 jewels, 38 hours of power reserve (steel) or Sellita SW300-1 calibre, 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz), 25 jewels, 56 hours power reserve (titanium).
Bracelet : steel, titanium, or silicone – integrated into the case – folding clasp on steel/titanium and pin on silicone
Information: model reference: C12 – available on the official Christopher Ward website – 5 year warranty – 1095€ (steel/silicone), 1350€ (steel/steel), 1595€ (titanium/silicone), 2075€ (titanium/titanium)