The 2018 Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Worldtimer (the model with reference number C01-43AWT2-S00W0-CC with a “Camel” leather strap is reviewed here, but there are two more versions available with “Tan” and “Blue” leather bands,) is the young watchmaking brand’s latest attempt to conquer the niche of dressy ‘UTC’ watches. This time, it offers a better-calculated combination of good quality, great exterior, and a nice automatic movement that is equipped with a complication that is manufactured exclusively for Chr. Ward by its long-standing Swiss-based partner.
In less than two months, Christopher Ward will start selling the 2016 C8 UTC Worldtimer. Styled as an “aviator” and featuring an appealing combination of a robust Swiss-made movement with their new distinctive approach to design, the new timekeeper is well worth the serious chunk of cash that the watchmaker plans to charge for it.
Although the 2014 Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley Automatic Diver (Ref. PM2096B-S1J-BK) still features that “polarizing” patented crown guard system as previous iterations of the watch, it is still one of the most elegant members of the growing family. As refined as a diving tool can be, it is also not expensive sporting a price tag around $1000 lower than that of an IWC Aquatimer.
Christopher Ward has finally caught that ‘worldtimer’ superbug that keeps infecting European watchmakers at an alarming rate. Still, their new Chr.Ward C900 Worldtimer offers an unusual combination of functions: it not only tells you time both in the home and the second time zone, but also displays a three-letter airport code that makes it a tad easier to always set the correct time in the place of your current stay.
Although to some the new Tissot Heritage Navigator 160th Anniversary (refs. T078.641.16.037.00 & T078.641.16.057.00) automatic watch may look suspiciously similar to the gorgeous Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox International model that was released more than three years ago, the source of their inspiration lays in a radically different place and time. This elegant traveler’s companion is almost an exact reproduction of the model that the Swiss watchmaker introduced sixty years ago for its centennial anniversary.
Searching for a moderately sized “aviator” with a nice old-fashioned feel and a military-style 24-hour time display? Well, then you should perhaps have a look at the Glycine Airman 1953 Vintage Limited Edition (ref. 3904.14.TB9). The Swiss-based niche brand offers the device in a nice, vintage-styled body, which is equipped with a rotating bezel that can serve as a secondary time-zone indicator, too. Although the self-winding movement that powers it doesn’t look as sexy as those NOS Unitas calibers that you can find in some other recently introduced timekeepers (like, for example, this elegant Archimede Deck Watch R (UA7952)), it still offers you a combination of quality and reliability that you can expect from a watch, which is sold at more than €2000.
The 2008 Sinn U2 Meisterbund.III is a professional-grade diver that was created exclusively for the Japanese market. The special-edition diving tool is a sort of “hybrid” that takes the best features of the German brand’s bestselling models and splices them into this brilliant package. Featuring a relatively compact body crafted from a highly corrosion-resistant steel alloy used for making submarine hulls, this limited edition looks like it was inspired by nothing less than a modern nuclear submarine.
The new GMT-capable Auguste Reymond Cotton Club Worldtime has its day/night indicator painted in the shape of a blue moon crest. Like the Japanese Katana sword, it is mesmerizingly beautiful in its laconic simplicity.
Officially presented at Baselworld 2011 show -an industry even that is, unlike the revered SIHH, isn’t reserved exclusively to Swiss-based manufacturers and allows international brands to show their most outstanding timekeepers to a lot wider audience-, the new Mühle Glashütte Marinus GMT (ref. M1-28-53-KB) diver offers the right combination of useful water resistance rating of 30 ATM together with a 24-hour second time zone indication courtesy of a Swiss-made automatic movement. All of that at an affordable price.
It is always a pleasure to see a smaller brand going the hard way and turning a simple (and common) complication into a unique feature of its product. The new Hamilton Khaki SkyMaster UTC (refs. H77525553 & H77505433) is the latest example of such a daring approach.