Christopher Ward have expanded their range of C9 Dress watches to include the 5 Day Small-Second Chronometer with their debut in-house caliber, the SH21
Following the brand’s 2014 merger with movement developers Synergie Horloges SA, and the subsequent announcement of the in-house Calibre SH21 in the C9 5-Day Automatic, Christopher Ward has continued to diversify its in-house caliber production. The latest watch to run on the SH21 caliber is the dressy the C9 5-Day Small-Second Chronometer, a COSC-certified piece with blue hands, elongated Roman numeral indices and a minute track encircling the white dial.
The classic aesthetic of the dial layout works well with the C9 dress case – a date window sits at 3 o’clock, and a small seconds sub-dial replaces the numeral at 6 o’clock. Twin barrels provide a 120 hour power reserve and the watch comes on an embossed alligator-pattern Italian leather strap in black, brown or blue, all priced at £1,295.
The SH21 is currently deployed across the C9 Dress collection and the Trident Dive/Sports collection. Christopher Ward co-founder Mike France discussed the company’s plans to use it more frequently across new models: “The quality, precision and versatility of caliber SH21 provides us with a remarkable platform, whilst the design ethos of the C9 has been developed over a number of years and will continue to evolve with further new expressions in the future.”
It’s good to see the SH21 appearing in sleeker models – the original C9 Harrison 5-day chronometer that launched last year measured 43mm and was 13.45mm thick. A new 40mm version has since appeared, and the Small-Second is also 40mm and has had 1.25mm shaved off the thickness.
Christopher Ward also recently announced that it has appointed a new, Swiss-born head designer. Adrian Buchmann, 27, joins the company having worked for eight years on watch design, firstly at a design agency and latterly at a start-up focussed on specialist movement complications. It may yet be that we see the SH21 base caliber evolving with modular complication designs as the two young Swiss men – Buchmann and movement designer Johannes Janke – at the heart of Christopher Ward’s production get down to work on new projects.
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