Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Power Reserve Watch Review
There is no rejecting that the Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Power Reserve is a ton of watch for the cash. At under $2,000, you get a quite respectable in-house made development, exquisite dial, handily planned case, and some welcome character. This is all essential for a rapidly advancing London-based Christopher Ward brand, which is quickly shedding a portion of its previous skin as a producer of more affordable carbon copy pieces holding tight the fame of different plans, and genuinely coming into their own.
Christopher Ward has been attempting to reevaluate what the British dress watch (for standard individuals) is in the course of the most recent couple of years. The plan language that the company has been exploring different avenues regarding is obviously apparent in the C1 Grand Malvern Power Reserve, including the style of the hands, hour markers, and generally speaking topic which is unmistakably exemplary, yet with somewhat of a cutting edge wind that the brand expectations will be progressively connected with the Christopher Ward name.
The C1 Grand Malvern Power Reserve is really the primary item in the still new C1 observe family. As referenced above, Christopher Ward has come far enough along to have a remarkable case, development, and dial for this assortment. Indeed, even the “C” state of the power reserve marker on the dial is intended to represent “Christopher.”
Christopher Ward’s lead creator Adrian Buchmann (who is from Switzerland, obviously) says that he is proudest of the C1’s case. It is in reality a decent plan that astutely does a couple of things well. Regardless, the smooth case configuration keeps the watch from appearing to be dull when seen from points. There are a ton of watches out there with exhausting cases. To an ever increasing extent, I judge even basic watches, for example, this, which are intended for formal to business easygoing wear, on their dial and development, yet in addition the visual interest of the case that they are housed in. Beginning at about the $500 value point, a buyer ought to expect intriguing case plans for their watches.
The Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Power Reserve case is 40.5mm wide, however quite thick at 12.8mm (water impervious to 30 meters). The thickness is because of the characteristic size of the type SH21 development which is within it. What Buchmann did so all around was to plan the exquisite steel case with the goal that it really looks more slender than it is – particularly when worn on the wrist.
Look on the case and you’ll see a long diving line done in a brushed versus cleaned finish. The line reaches out through the length of the hauls, and makes a visual sense that the case is longer than it is, while simultaneously diverting from the tallness. The case likewise styles a spot at the center, which implies the rear of the case is a touch smaller, which additionally prompts the feeling that the case is more slender than it is. You likewise need to consider the plan and size of the drags, just as the steeply inclined cleaned bezel. Together you get a look which is natural and fulfilling, yet upon close examination is something which you can just get from Christopher Ward.
With generally separated drags and the thickness of the case, the 40.5mm size wears somewhat on the bigger size, making it useful for a wide combination of wrist sizes. You can see the development through the back of the case by means of the sapphire gem window, which encourages you understand that the development truly is taking up a large portion of the case. The SH21 is a gorgeous component for the cash, and its tech specs are effectively enough to wow most customers at this cost point.
Christopher Ward actually demands considering the SH21 precisely the same thing regardless of what complications it has. “SH21” is actually a base development which different modules are based on top of. For the C1 Grand Malvern Power Reserve (as the name suggests) the principle complication beside the time is a power reserve marker. As per Christopher Ward, the option of the power reserve marker required 28 extra components to the base movement.
Operating at 4Hz (28,800 bph), the programmed SH21 is generally amazing for its 120 hours (five days) of power reserve. Back in 2014 I evaluated the Christopher Ward C9 Harrison watch which really appeared the SH21 development generally speaking. At that point, I accept that I referenced how a power reserve marker would be a decent component to add to the development. Presently a couple of years after the fact I at long last got it, and in a watch that the C9 Harrison ultimately developed into (the C1 Grand Malvern). It is critical to additional notice that the SH21 in the C1 Grand Malvern Power Reserve is a COSC affirmed Chronometer (with a mark to show as such on the dial).
The power reserve of the development is provided through double origin barrels, and wrapping it up as far as possible physically is a long cycle and winding it results in a “whining” sound much the same as some Seiko developments. This is only a sound and not identified with solid activity of the development. The power reserve pointer isn’t intended to be too obvious, more a component to be there when you need to take a gander at it. Simultaneously, Christopher Ward didn’t need to excessively limit the plan of the power reserve pointer. The outcome is a light-shaded “C” dial on the face with a minuscule blue bolt which is utilized to check the power reserve. While there are no numbers, there are five markers to speak to the five days of power reserve.
I am a devotee of the general plan, which proceeds the “sleek and thin” look past Christopher Ward dress watches have zeroed in on. The needle-style hands are either blue-shaded steel or cleaned steel contingent upon the dial tone, which is accessible in opaline white, sunray blue, or sunray dark. For the most intelligibility, I recommend the opaline white dial variants of the C1 Grand Malvern Power Reserve, with your decision of tie color.
The dial extents are all around finished with pleasantly estimated hands and good intelligibility. All things considered, the dial materials experience the ill effects of altogether too much reflectivity (clean). Adding to this issue is the way that the domed sapphire precious stone doesn’t have an enemy of intelligent covering applied to the top. This implies that the C1’s gem has an enormous volume of unfortunate glare. I’ve brought this issue up to Christopher Ward (just as numerous different brands), who guarantee to investigate working with their provider on better sapphire precious stones later on. The objective, obviously, is to have a decent measure of AR-covering on the two sides of the gem. Notwithstanding railing brands about issues with hand size, I’m progressively attempting to push brands to center however much consideration as could be expected on the creation of their sapphire precious stones (and the covering thereof).
Christopher Ward right now offers the C1 Grand Malvern Power Reserve on a decision of four lashes or a Milanese cross section metal arm band. As I said above, as I would see it, the watch comes alive the most on the attractive calfskin lash – which glances especially pleasant in nectar shaded earthy colored. The blue tie ought to likewise look really pleasant. Christopher Ward utilizes a very much made crease over deployant catch that conceals the abundance lash inside, instead of outside – which is the thing that we see on most better quality watches these days.
For folks whose wardrobes are a smidgen more traditionalist, the Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Power Reserve is an exceptionally respectable day by day wear. It comes from a developing brand that actually has a decent “boutique operation” story, has an unmistakable British-character (for those sharp in England-based brands), and houses a proficient development which keeps on being an incredible incentive for the cash. The watch isn’t awesome, yet it has the stuff to fulfill a ton of watch sweethearts. With less glare on the precious stone, the watch even has the stuff to compete with a ton of different watches that cost a few times as much.
Price for the Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Power Reserve watch is $1,935 on a cowhide tie and $1,970 on the lattice metal arm band. christopherward.com
>Brand: Christopher Ward
>Model: C1 Grand Malvern Power Reserve
>Price: $1,935 USD
>Size: 40.5mm wide, 12.8mm thick
>Would analyst by and by wear it: Yes
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: British-brand adoring watch darling looking for a spending plan neighborly day by day dress watch with a truly skilled development that horological geeks will enjoy.
>Best normal for watch: Case, development, and dial configuration cooperate in an extremely amicable way. Wearing comfort is exceptionally high and by and large case configuration is great.
>Worst normal for watch: Lack of top-applied AR-covering results in considerably a lot of dial glare, which holds the watch brand from being as pleasant as it very well may be. Some dial materials and completions could be a smidgen all the more very good quality looking, however generally, it is a decent looking piece.