This specific addition looks to unite”bold colours” and”bolder ambition” in its vintage-inspired styling. The inspiration for this neo-vintage timepiece comes from the late 1960s: Christopher Ward CEO Mike France cites the model as”a celebration of color and the fearless, optimistic spirit of the era” and proceeds to call it”the sort of Mechanical gravesnewark watch which David Bowie could wear his way into a studio session at Soho.”
The brand new watch’s launch is accompanied by a Craig & Karl first pop-art example commissioned by the brand, which showcases the eccentric colors and thoughts of the 1960s that inspired the diver chronograph’s watch production. Christopher Ward has even hinted that it might eventually create the illustrative model as a physical, one-off piece, perhaps for one of those”unique watch” charity events that pop up through each year.
The C65 Chronograph includes a strong, 41-mm steel case, which stands proportionally on the wrist at 15 mm thick and a lug-to-lug period of 47.1-mm. The 150-meter water-resistant case features alternating polished and brushed finishing and is fastened to the wrist using a triple link steel bracelet. Both the crown along with the chronograph pushers screw down to the case.
The dial includes a white tachymetric scale on its outer edges and a sunburst blue colour, matching the bezel, at the big central area. Along with those outskirts we view the minute ring with extended, white printed tick markers, punctuated at most hours with applied indices and divided up in the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions with the 30-minute chronograph counter, date window, and operating seconds, respectively. It is about the 30-minute counter which we locate the many”popping” part of the watch, a retro-look vintage”Heuer Skipper” design with blue, white, and red sectors. The highlighted third of the feature finds an unusual parallel to the dial appropriate, with the very first 20-minutes of the dial’s lume markers applied in crimson while the remainder are in white.
Inside the C65 Chronograph is your Sellita SW510 BHa, that hosts a 48-hour electricity book and beats at a frequency of 28,800 vph. The SW510 relies on the Valjoux 7750, which might have been used in certain 1960s and’70s Skippers, so it seems fitting the newest opted to use this motion in this model. While suitably used, but the mechanism itself offers a comparatively uninspiring degree of timekeeping precision, ranked by the newest at +/-20 seconds each day. Christopher Ward has made a reputation because of its value proposition of its timepieces, and lackluster timekeeping may well detract from this here, even though the watch will almost certainly have appeal for its novelty alone. Perchance a chronometer-certified grade, like others used in the C65 series, would have been a better choice.
Christopher Ward has clearly put an enormous effort to the design and creation of this C65 Chronograph. This is evident in the historical inspiration of those Skipper and Skipper-like models of the late 1960s and early 1970s, whose elements frequently included screw-down pushers and lots of eye-catching (some may argue overwhelming) details like the many colors used to denote jogging time and chronograph time. The effort can also be seen in some of the smaller details and design options, including using orange for both of the chronograph hands, or matching the lume dots for the first 20 minutes on the border of this second ring into the colors of this 30-minute chronograph countertops.
Delving to that last detail, it is not exactly clear from a practical standpoint why the first 20 minutes of this second ring could be emphasized, rather than, say the first 15 minutes of the sailors’ bezel. Another somewhat odd component is in the brand’s use of lume throughout the running time features, like the dial proper and hour and minute hands, but not on the running moments. This design option was likely to coordinate with the lack of lume over the 3 o’clock 30-minute counter, even though it is often useful to observe the running seconds in the dark.