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Christopher Ward Has A New C70 - The Vanwall

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on March 2, 2013 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (0)



The Christopher Ward C70 range has long been admired here at Beastie Folly and in truth I am a collector of this range. I have 4 of them already, the C70 DBR1, the C70 IT, the C70 US and the C70 MC. Each one has been a limited edition of 500 so now it is a case of keeping my eye out for them as and when they pop up on the used market.


In keeping with the format of limiting them to 500 ,Christopher Ward has released a new C70, The C70 British Racing Green, which you can see below. This release comes due to the popularity of the green versions of the C70 but for my personal tastes the all green look, doesn't quite sit as well in the range as the new VW4 shown in the main picture. This one really works for me and in my mind I can justify putting it on my "Want" list because it would be the first COSC watch in my C70 collection. However, at £600 the cost of ownership is very high for a quartz watch. Confirmation that they are using the Thermocompensated Quartz movement rather than the one listed on the website might help me get over this high price.  Christopher Ward are so confident of the success of this watch that the edition will run for 1957 models, so you pay more for a less unique model.


Anyway, I have featured the watch because it has caught my eye, I like it and to my eyes it is as attractive as the best in the C70 range. The features and official blurb on the watch are below.



Images and text below courtesy of Christopher Ward


The C70 VW4 Chronometer has been inspired by the 1957 victory at Aintree of the Vanwall VW4 racing car that started with Tony Brooks behind the wheel and took the chequered flag with Stirling Moss in the driver’s seat. This was the first time a World Championship Grand Prix race had been won in Britain by a British car, driven by British drivers. As the Vanwall cars were constructed in Maidenhead, the home of Christopher Ward, the astonishing story of how this British team fought off and beat the then all-conquering Ferrari’s is particularly close to us, and we felt an overwhelming need to create a watch of equal style and panache to celebrate the achievement.


 

The movement, a rare chronometer version of Eta’s superb 251.272 calibre movement, sets the bar very high for yet another signature motor racing watch from the CW design studio. The Number 20 of the winning car occupies the 12 position on the face, while the 18 of the second machine is highlighted in Vanwall’s trim colour of yellow on the bezel. Moss’s astonishing 90.61mph best average lap speed is picked out in red on the tachymeter. The reverse of the watch enshrines the British achievement with a deep-etched engraving.

 

The C70 VW4 Chronometer is available in a limited edition of just 1,957 models.


Features


  • Worldwide limited edition of only 1957 pieces
  • Swiss made 27 jewel Swiss quartz movement and COSC Certification
  • Convex sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
  • Adjustable quick-release butterfly clasp
  • Screw-in crown Chronographic dials with split minutes / seconds /tenths seconds
  • Tachymeter bezel
  • Water resistance - 10 atm
  • Spanish 'Toro Bravo' Italian leather strap
  • Unique engraved individual serial number
  • Deluxe box upgrade and owner's handbook



Technical

  • Diameter: 42mm
  • Height: 10.7mm
  • Weight: 80g
  • Calibre: ETA 251.272 COSC
  • Strap:22mm Leather



See more Christopher Ward Motorsport Watches here.

Junkers- 6060-5

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on February 6, 2013 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (3)


This variant of the Junkers Bauhaus watch comes with a power reserve meter at 12:00 and a 24 hour sub-dial at 6:00. The beautiful creamy white dial features thin hour markers (very Junghans) with luminous dots and a 60-minute scale. The silver hour and minute hands are luminous filled and a date window is shown at 3:00. Inside is a modified 26-jewel Citizen self-winding movement with a silver rotor that is viewable via an exhibition case back. The result is a very attractive watch with a very handy power reserve indicator. The 24 hour dial gives you the option of military time. It also features a domed Hesalite crystal.


Features


  • Movement: Modified Citizen Automatic (self-winding)
  • Case: Satin finish stainless steel, 40mm x 11mm thick.
  • Back: Exhibition screw-in back
  • Crystal: Domed Hesalite
  • Band: Black or brown leather, buckle closure. 20mm
  • Water Resistant: 30 meters
  • Warranty: 2 Years


This watch comes in at around 450 Euros  but its refreshing minimalist bauhaus looks make it a Beastie Folly winner, destined for the Wall of Want.



Images courtesy of POINTtec

Christopher Ward C3 Chronograph

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on November 24, 2012 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Photographs and specs courtesy of Christopher Ward.


A stylish look is always fashionable.


Back in 2004 the Christopher Ward team came up with the original C3 chronograph after seeing vintage Aston Martin dashboards at the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon. This classic looking sports watch would become an iconic watch for the CW brand.


The Christopher Ward website points out that, In Mark II trim, the new version loses none of the quintessentially English appeal of the original but the new, metal, one-piece optic white dial, which as well as bringing the face a fresh contemporary look, also brings greater clarity and simplicity to the Aston Martin inspired chronograph eyes, giving them even greater prominence.


At Beastie Folly, we feel that the MkII has a much cleaner look due to the one piece face and the lovely optic white colouring. Yes it is a quartz but the price point (currently £215) makes it almost irresistible. The styling is conservative and classy, reminiscent of a Frederique Constant or a Tag and none the worse for that. The 39mm sizing is perfect, not too big, not too small, making this a watch that puts style before fashion, knowing that style never goes out of fashion.

Features

  • Swiss made
  • Quartz chronograph
  • movement 1/10th second split timing function
  •  Hand finished 316L stainless steel case
  • Unique engraved serial number
  • Screw-in crown and back plate
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • SuperLuminova hands and indexes
  • Matt finish optic white one-piece dial
  • Italian leather strap with easy opening butterfly clasp

Technical

  •  Diameter: 39mm
  • Height: 10.3mm
  • Calibre: Ronda 5040.D
  • Case:316L stainless steel
  • Water Resistance: 50 metres
  • Strap: 18mm black leather
  • Dial Colour: Optic white



BRM Caterham Range

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on November 14, 2012 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)


We were lucky enough to see these watches on the BRM stand at the 2012 Paris Motor Show and instantly fell in love with the Caterham BRMs. The colours are simply amazing and Lady Peanut tried the 38mm version on. Frankly on her small wrists it was perfect. The 38mm for many would be small but for the smaller ladies' wrist it gave a fantastic big watch look on a face that could be easily read. This is a big gripe with Mrs P - why are ladies' watch faces so small and hard to read, especially when the eyes begin to fade after a certain age!


For Chrono fans the V12-44 is a must and the three pushers on the side look very business like.


Buying one of these gets you into a very exclusive club as they are limited to just 70 of each version. Without doubt this is the most desirable watch we have seen for Mrs P such a shame that the exclusivity comes with an exclusive price!


Mind you BRM do deliver on service, as while we were there my Son-in-Law Fandango ordered a new strap for his BRM, which they custom made to fit his wrist size and at the same time they gave his watch a free service as he mentioned that the timekeeping was a tad off.  A handshake from the big boss himself and fantastic service from Charles on the stand and we were all smitten with BRM. Yes he could have sold all four of us a Caterham BRM if only we had the money!


V12-44-CATERHAM-AN

Limited edition of 70 pieces

Automatic chronograph movement

Polished stainless steel case

Stainless steel case pushers and crown

Stainless steel lugs and buckle

Black hands

Green dial with yellow stripe and Caterham logo

Green strap with yellow holes and double stitching

5 600 €


V6-44-CATERHAM-AN

Limited edition of 70 pieces

Automatic movement

Polished stainless steel case

Stainless steel case pushers and crown

Stainless steel lugs and buckle

Black hands

Green dial with yellow stripe and Caterham logo

Green strap with yellow holes and double stitching

3 100 €


V7-38-CATERHAM-AG

Limited edition of 70 pieces

Automatic movement

Polished stainless steel case

Stainless steel case pushers and crown

Stainless steel lugs and buckle

Grey hands

Green dial with yellow stripe and Caterham logo

Green strap with yellow holes and double stitching

2 800 €




Autodromo Monoposto - Again!

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on November 3, 2012 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)



We have already looked at the Autodromo Monoposto here, but I could not resist adding some more pictures of it to BeastWatch.

Autodromo Monoposto

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on October 27, 2012 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)



Here at Beastie Folly we are big fans of Officine Autodromo  and have previously looked at some of their watches here and this latest offering is right up our street. They can be ordered in the UK from Page and Cooper and this is a definite for our Wall of Want! I like everything about this watch and think that this fresh brand is onto something with their stylish looks.


The Monoposto is produced in a Limited Edition of 500 pieces, with 250 Black dials and 250 silver dials. Each piece is individually numbered and lavishly presented in a numbered collector's box.


The Monoposto -- literally meaning "single seat" -- was created to recall a simpler era of Grand Prix racing, when the only information the driver had was contained in a few oversized dials and in the seat of his pants.


In this golden age, things were a little less mathematical than today.  Since there were no rev limiters or electronic aids to keep the driver from blowing up his engine, well intentioned mechanics would commonly apply a strip of red tape, or a line of red paint on the glass of the rev counter to make sure the driver knew his engine’s limit at a glance.  Autodromo pays homage to this humble practice with our own red line crystal.


The full grain, hand crafted Italian leather strap and polished roller buckle are inspired by the hood straps that would keep the car's bonnet in place at high speeds.


Specifications


  • Individually Numbered Limited Edition of 500 pieces
  • Japan Made Miyota 821A Automatic Movement
  • Calendar Complication
  • Polished Stainless Steel Case with Exhibition Caseback
  • Custom Domed KI Glass front crystal with Sapphire Coating
  • Hand Made Full grain leather strap
  • Case Thickness - 10mm
  • Strap - 20mm Width






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