There was a time when fashion was immensely important to me. While I have never been a conformist, I have succumbed to the pull of creating my own fashion statements. Over the years, I have employed several stylists that worked with me to create a unique style that was expressive of who I am. I have since resigned to a very casual and relaxed approach, a’la Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. There are two areas that I still have a major fetish in, footwear and timepieces. I absolutely love a nice watch. The Chris Ward collection has a lot to choose from for the conservative dresser. Unfortunately, there are a lot of consumers who are not aware of what the brand has to offer. Following are the top five Christopher Ward watches currently on the market — each having its own style and statement.
C8 Power Reserve Chronometer ($2,057)
The watch sports a caliber SH21 movement that was introduced in 2014. The watch was designed by Johannes Jahnke. The brand allowed Jahnke to experiment with the watch, using it as sort of a canvas of creativity. The Black dial serves as the ideal backdrop for dual sub-dials. The simplicity and primitive nature of the leather strap contribute to the unique personality of the watch. The indexes on this dial are highly legible — making this watch highly practical for actually telling time. The date wheel numerology has been laser etched into the metal with the highlight coming from interior lighting behind the face. Not only is this watch attractive and stylish, but it is designed to be rugged and durable.
C70 3527 FT Chronometer Limited Edition ($2,853)
This watch was birthed through a collaboration between TMB Artmetal and Christopher Ward. The watch is the symbolic representation of one of the most iconic cars in the world — the Ferrari 250 GTO. The face dial is made of a museum-style sapphire crystal — mimicking the design of the GTO. The chronograph overlay lends to the complexity of the design as does the triple sub-dial design with contrasting black backgrounds. The Black leather band with the thin red trip is also symbolic of the Ferrari design. Even the side of the case is reflective of the connection between the watch and the car.
C9 D-Type Limited Edition ($3,974)
Once again, we have a watch that is inspired by auto engineering. This time the automobile being represented here is the Jaguar D-Type — a car that is one of the most adored models in history. The metal used to make this watched was derived from one of the pistons used to build that iconic Jaguar model. Talking about symbolism and association. When it comes to attaching itself to the Jaguar, this watch design has gone the extra mile. The black dial with large white numbers provide complete contrast for easy viewing and time reading.
C9 Single Pusher Chrono 18ct Gold Bezel ($3,974)
Let’s start with the obvious here. The 18 ct gold bezel places this watch in rare company. The gold impression is bold but not overbearing. It is the perfect infusion of elegance and style in a watch with a sleek profile. The white dial and gold impressions speak to the sophistication of the design. While it is sleek in design, the watch is very durable. Additionally, the alligator imprinted leather band contributes to the aesthetic appeal of the watch. If you are a person who is looking to make a statement in a subtle way, this watch should definitely be on your short list.
C9 DB4 ‘1 VEV’ Limited Edition
Any time you see limited edition on a watch by a brand like Christopher Ward, you know that you are getting something that you can hang on to. Apart from an exceptionally beautiful design, the metal that is used to design the watch is derived from some of the most exclusive cars on the planet. As you can see, Christopher Ward has a thing for infusing automobiles into its watch designs. This watch is derived from the DB4 GT Zagato. One of the rarest cars on the planet. The Black dial with large white numbers provides simplicity in a bold frame. The single sub-dial adds personality and style to the watch. As is common with Christopher Ward Watches, the brown leather band with white stitching keeps things on the conservative side.