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Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Jumping Hour Watch

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Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Jumping Hour Automatic Watch Blue dial聽

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Introducing 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.

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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.

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Description

聽Since 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.聽

Since 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 graceful.

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.

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聽Visible 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.

Technical

  • Diameter: 40.5mm

  • Height: 12.65mm

  • Weight: 62g

  • Calibre: Sellita SW 200-1 with bespoke JJ Calibre 01 module

  • Case: 316L stainless steel

  • Water Resistance: 3 ATM (30 metres)

  • Vibrations: 28,800 per hour (4Hz)

  • Timing tolerance: +/- 15 secs a day

  • Lug to lug: 48.55mm

  • Strap: 20mm

Features

  • Swiss made

  • Bespoke 'JJ Calibre 01' Jumping Hour module hand-built on Sellita SW 200-1 automatic movement

  • Polished surgical-grade stainless steel case with brushed sides

  • Push-down crown with twin flag motif

  • Anti-reflective double curve top sapphire crystal

  • Domed Sunray finish dial

  • Curved, multi-faceted brushed and polished steel hand

  • Screw-in exhibition case back with engraved serial number

  • leather strap with dress buckle

WHY Experts Watches?

With so many watch brands to choose from it鈥檚 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鈥檚 distribution model on its head and launch the world鈥檚 first online only luxury watch brand with a simple aim,鈥溾o put premium watches within the reach of everyone.鈥

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?

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Our watches are all聽made in Switzerland聽鈥 the universally acknowledged home of fine watchmaking.

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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聽industry-leading 60:60 Guarantee.


MADE IN SWITZERLAND

We鈥檙e an English company with our HQ in Maidenhead, Berkshire, so it鈥檚 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鈥檚 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.


WHY SWITZERLAND?

It鈥檚 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,聽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鈥檛 stop there.


No Celebrities

There鈥檚 no doubt that paying celebrities to promote a brand is the fastest way to grow sales. It鈥檚 also extremely expensive and the enormous costs involved are passed on to the customer in higher selling prices.

We took the view that there鈥檚 a growing constituency of well-informed people who understand this and who don鈥檛 need and, moreover, don鈥檛 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鈥檇 be surprised just how many celebs own a CW) you can at least have the satisfaction that they paid for it themselves!


No Sponsorships

Well, not in the traditional way at least. You won鈥檛 see Christopher Ward on an F1 car or Premiership football shirt anytime soon 鈥 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 鈥 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鈥檚 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 business.

Our competitors may start with a similar cost price but that鈥檚 where the similarity ends. Their overheads, including those celebrity endorsements and Formula 1 sponsorships, aren鈥檛 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鈥檚 most expensive High Streets 鈥 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鈥ll 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鈥檛 naive and understand the world of branding and the costs that can be associated with creating 鈥渂rand halos鈥 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鈥檚 borne of an acknowledgement that our success is entirely dependent on your satisfaction and delight. And that鈥檚 what we aim for every time.

We 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 precision timekeeping.

When 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.

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