As the company celebrates its ten-year anniversary, we welcome them to their first-ever SalonQP
In an industry where most brands seek some type of connection to remote Swiss villages, there is one exception that proves the rule. British watch brands are unabashedly proud of being British.
Peter Speak-Marin has the Piccadilly case, Hoptroff the Saint Paul’s Cathedral case, and Bremont recently added Jaguar’s name to its collection.
In 2014, Christopher Ward adopted another Englishman’s name, and the C9 Harrison 5-day Automatic. The mechanical timepiece, named after one of the country’s most respected horologist, John Harrison (1693-1776), introduces the brand’s first in-house movement.
The new Calibre SH21 is a collaborative effort between Ward and the Swiss movement developers Synergies Horlogères. The pair decided to build the new caliber from scratch, rather than adapting a previous design, and came up with an ingenious twin-barrel system that boasts an impressive 120-hour power reserve. But the best part is the price of the watch, which at £1,500, is one of the most affordable watches with an in-house movement.
Elsewhere, Christopher Ward’s other 2014 watches will be on show, including its latest jumping-hour and monopusher complications, and the particularly striking GT 3527 Chronometer, which features fragments from a Ferrari 250 GTO – all of which highlight how far the company has come in ten years.
Chris Ward isn’t shy about his brand’s achievement, and says the C9 Harrison 5- Day Automatic represents one of the most important developments in the British watch industry over the past 50 years.
Whether or not that’s true is something SalonQP visitors can judge for themselves, since they will be given a rare opportunity to meet with the online-only watch brand when the fair opens its doors.