|Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on April 16, 2013 at 2:30 PM||comments (0)|
There are without doubt some very exciting watches emerging from Christopher Ward lately and this is no exception. It's bold, brave and beautiful but bargain basement it isn't - from £499 upwards, which is a £200 premium on the standard C7MkII watch! We like it, we like it a lot but then we like a lot of watches at the £500 mark.
|Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on April 1, 2013 at 3:25 PM||comments (0)|
To coincide with the new Formula One season Christopher Ward has released some very appealing new models to be seen wearing at the race track. There is the delicious C70 Vanwall shown above, or the distinctive and beautiful C7 MkII Italian Red limited to just 300 pieces, or the C70 British Racing Green model limited to 500 pieces.
The Vanwall is a COSC quartz watch in a limited edition of 1957 pieces to commemorate the year of the Vanwall's racing success and comes in at a not inconsiderable £600, while the Hot Red Italian model is £399 and the British Boy £425.
At Beastie Folly we believe you are onto a winner with any of these models though we would be hard pushed to choose between the Vanwall and the Italian Red for our personal collection. We love the Italian Job as it just revels in its redness but the Vanwall oozes class with its COSC credentials. take your pick, but importantly just make sure you pick one.
Pictures from Christopher Ward.
|Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on March 2, 2013 at 1:50 AM||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.
See more Christopher Ward Motorsport Watches here.
|Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on December 31, 2012 at 10:00 AM||comments (1)|
The Cunningham Stripe Watch
To begin with I got a C70 DBR1. This was a Christopher Ward limited edition of 500 pieces and it followed on from the original C70 series of 6. I had wanted all six of the original set but knew I couldn't afford this and was agonizing over a UK Brooklands or the Italian Rosso Corsa. The DBR1 came along and I went for that. Then Christopher Ward cleared the last few out cheaply so I did pick up the C70 Italian job. They then brought out a C70 Monte Carlo and with a good sale price I could not resist that. Without realising it I had begun to collect the C70 watches. I bid for a few on eBay but was outbid as they were starting to fetch very high prices. I just lost out on a C70 US Cunningham and Jan from the Christopher Ward Forum contacted me. He had not bonded with his C70 Cunningham so he would sell it if I wanted it. He wanted it to go to an enthusiast who would give the watch the love it deserves so we agreed a price and today this beauty arrived at the Post Office. Thank you Jan it has been a pleasure to deal with you.
We are big MINI fans in the car world and we have two MINIs, a Clubman and a MINI Coupe and both of these have Cunningham style stripes on, so I am very pleased now to have a watch with these stripes on too.
Tommy Milton drove his Miller 122 to victory in the 1923 Indianapolis 500, which was the first time this legendary race was considered part of the International Grand Prix series. Although the Cunningham racing stripe was not introduced by American, Briggs Swift Cunningham II until much later, as the first ever racing stripe.
It is highly appropriate that it is sported by the C70US as the famous blue parallel lines on white ground have become synonymous with American motor racing.
|Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on November 24, 2012 at 11:55 AM||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.
|Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on August 5, 2012 at 1:00 AM||comments (2)|
The recent Christopher Ward Sale included some huge discounts on some of his ladies watches and when Mrs Peanut saw the Alex range with 70% off she could not resist. The Alex watch came on a metal bracelet or with a leather strap as above. She decided that the full bracelet would be too similar to her iconic Hamilton Ventura so she went for the anthracite finish on a grey leather strap. For good measure she also bought a matching full metal bracelet.
The honest opinion here is that at full price it was a lot to pay for this watch but in the sale it became a different proposition. We suspect that this was the consensus view as CWL must have had a lot to clear to offer such a large discount. Nonetheless it makes for a different and attractive fashion watch, which means that the search for a tool watch for Mrs P's small wrists goes on. The Hamilton Khaki Lady Officer remains favourite but the price point means it needs some saving up for.
Conclusion: a little cracker from the Christopher Ward sale.