C1 Grand Malvern Jumping Hour S01-40AJH1-S00B0-CC
Calibre JJ01 - one of the most accurate jumping hour complications ever created
- to the Grand Malvern range for the first time, the C1 Jumping Hour applies a modern
finesse to the traditional minimalist charms of its predecessors.
movement guarantee 60 Month Warranty from 01/07/2020 (written in euro format 07/01/2020) The company has ran out of the manual so it comes as it was sent to me from CW without a manual.
2011, Christopher Ward has introduced a variety of horological modifications -
known as JJ Calibres, after our Master Watchmaker Johannes Jahnke - with the
very first being a jumping hour complication. There is a fitting symmetry that,
over half a decade later, that very same JJ Calibre is also the first to debut
in our signature C1 Grand Malvern collection.
Launched as our premium line of dress watches, the C1 range has received a
distinctive new aesthetic, courtesy of Senior Designer Adrian Buchmann. The
most notable change from previous Jumping Hour models is the case; a signature
new design devised for this collection, its combination of brushed and polished
surfaces and 'light-catcher' lines coalesce into a metal form that is fluid and
Combined with a choice of Opalin and Sunray finishes and a wide-bevelled
aperture at 12 - a key aim for Buchmann was to produce a dial that would catch
the light, providing depth from every angle - the C1 Grand Malvern Jumping Hour
skilfully updates a watch whose past iterations are revered by many.
through a crystal case back sits Calibre JJ01 - Johannes Jahnke's unique
modification of an elabore-grade Sellita SW200-1 movement, and one of the most
accurate jumping hour complications in existence.
Typically, conventional jumping hour watches release the power held in the
mainspring unevenly because of the surge required to move the hour disc forward
every 60 minutes. Johannes's complication evens this out by taking its power
from the central minutes wheel, making the 'jump' more accurate.
Our Grand Malvern collection prides itself on close attention to detail.
Suitably, the Jumping Hour's movement has been embellished with additional
detailing: the bespoke rhodium rotor has received our twin flag pattern, while
the name Christopher Ward has been engraved into a blue enamel semi-circular
arc (the colour here signifying its place as a JJ Calibre). It's a level of
finishing that a movement as stunning as Calibre JJ01 deserves.
Sellita SW 200-1 with bespoke JJ Calibre 01 module
316L stainless steel
Resistance: 3 ATM (30 metres)
28,800 per hour (4Hz)
tolerance: +/- 15 secs a day
to lug: 48.55mm
'JJ Calibre 01' Jumping Hour module hand-built on Sellita SW 200-1
surgical-grade stainless steel case with brushed sides
crown with twin flag motif
double curve top sapphire crystal
Sunray finish dial
multi-faceted brushed and polished steel hand
exhibition case back with engraved serial number
strap with dress buckle
WHY CHRISTOPHER WARD?
With so many watch brands to choose from it’s a good question.
However, if you are interested in luxury Swiss watches, you might want to
consider this small English company that has been causing a stir in the global
luxury watch industry since 2004.
Discovering they could access the same components and superb
manufacturing as many of the Swiss big boys, three friends, Mike France, Chris
Ward and Peter Ellis decided they would turn the industry’s distribution model
on its head and launch the world’s first online only luxury watch brand with a
simple aim,“…to put premium watches within the reach of
More than ten years on, the Christopher Ward brand has become
synonymous with creating superb timepieces at remarkable prices. So how does
David take on and beat the Goliaths of the luxury watch industry?
Our watches are all made in Switzerland –
the universally acknowledged home of fine watchmaking.
We have a unique business model that
puts the customer directly in touch with the watchmaker and takes out all the
We apply fair margins to
our cost prices, and we’re open about that, resulting in honest pricing.
The sort of customer care you may have thought had vanished in the
last century but which is alive and well at Christopher Ward and under-pinned
by our industry-leading 60:60 Guarantee.
MADE IN SWITZERLAND
We’re an English company with our HQ in Maidenhead, Berkshire, so
it’s perhaps no surprise that our watch designs are heavily influenced by
English narratives and our aesthetics are often discreet and understated in
that quintessentially English way. But to ensure a level of quality that it’s
just not possible to procure by manufacturing in Britain, all our watches are
made in Switzerland under the auspices of our own workshop in Biel/Bienne,
where we count Omega, ETA and Rolex as neighbours.
It’s simple. The Swiss have the best watchmaking infrastructure in
the world which trains, develops and attracts the very best watchmakers in the
world. We are very fortunate to have some of the finest young watchmakers in
Switzerland working for us, and we give them the freedom to craft remarkable
innovations (like the development of our own in-house movement, Calibre
SH21, launched in 2014). For these guys nothing is too much trouble to
ensure our watches consistently reach the highest quality levels.
UNIQUE BUSINESS MODEL
We turned the traditional luxury watch distribution model on its
head by deciding to handle the direct selling of our own watches, rather than
relying on third party retailers. By launching online with no cost of running
stores we were able to immediately halve the selling prices of our watches
compared to other luxury watch brands. However, we didn’t stop there.
There’s no doubt that paying celebrities to promote a brand is the
fastest way to grow sales. It’s also extremely expensive and the enormous costs
involved are passed on to the customer in higher selling prices.
We took the view that there’s a growing constituency of
well-informed people who understand this and who don’t need and, moreover,
don’t want the endorsement of an arbitrary yet expensive face trying to sell
them a watch, preferring instead to do their own research, often online, before
making their decision. So, if you see someone like Brad Pitt or Nicole Kidman
wearing a Christopher Ward watch (and you’d be surprised just how many celebs
own a CW) you can at least have the satisfaction that they paid for it
Well, not in the traditional way at least. You won’t see
Christopher Ward on an F1 car or Premiership football shirt anytime soon –
although to date we have been approached by two of the former and five of the
latter- because the costs are extraordinary. However, we introduced our
Christopher Ward Challenger Programme in 2013 to offer support to young people
with world-class potential to achieve their goals against the odds, but who are
desperately in need of funding – against the world, against all odds, as it
were. This chimes with our own mission to take on and beat the big Swiss
brands, has huge positive impact for the Challengers, and we are proud to have
already had several world champions including Olympians, Sam Brearey yachstman,
skeeter Amber Hill, rower Will Satch and wheelchair athlete Sammi Kinghorn.
FAIR MARGINS, HONEST PRICING
Again, it’s a simple philosophy that informs our approach to
pricing our Swiss watches. Whatever the cost price of the watch, we multiply
this up to 3 times and that is the selling price, including VAT. This gives us
just enough to make a fair margin after covering the running costs of the
Our competitors may start with a similar cost price but that’s
where the similarity ends. Their overheads, including those celebrity endorsements
and Formula 1 sponsorships, aren’t small. They then sell to the distributor at
a price which includes enough margin to make a profit after taking those big
overheads into account. Of course, the distributor has big overheads too,
especially as luxury goods tend to be sold from very expensive retail premises
on the world’s most expensive High Streets – and they, of course, need to make
a profit too. This usually means the price they paid the watch company needs to
be doubled at least…all financed from the pocket of the customer.
This means a watch
of the same quality and cost as a Christopher Ward, but from a brand using the
traditional wholesale model, will usually be sold to you at between 7 and 12
times the cost price compared to our x3.
We aren’t naive and understand the world of branding and the costs
that can be associated with creating “brand halos” but in a world that is
increasingly able to see beyond the logo we are proud to be a pioneer in the
democratization of luxury watches. Vive la Revolution!
UNRIVALLED CUSTOMER CARE
We have an unashamedly old-fashioned approach to customer service
that eschews platitudes and relies on respect, courtesy and common sense. It’s
borne of an acknowledgement that our success is entirely dependent on your satisfaction
and delight. And that’s what we aim for every time.
introduced our famous 60:60 Guarantee so you can buy with complete confidence
and our approach to value extends to our service and repairs programme which
will keep your Christopher Ward watch in tip top condition during a lifetime of
we get things wrong we aim to put them right quickly with the minimum of fuss
and hassle for you. And if ever you are unhappy or frustrated with our service
(or delighted and wanting to share the love) you can contact one of the
founders of the business at the email addresses below and be sure one or more
of them will help you out.