Last week, Christopher Ward unveiled three new watches in the C1 Grand Malvern collection along with a couple of entry level additions to the C8 Flyer line. All three of the new watches in the C1 family represent new visions for watches that were once part of the C9 line. These updated versions consolidate Christopher Ward’s premium dress watches under the Grand Malvern name that was introduced late last year. And the C8 Flyer family has long been Christopher Ward’s modern take on the pilot watch, and two new three-handers now offer a more affordable entry point into the collection.
C1 Grand Malvern 5 Day Automatic – $1,705
First up in the C1 Grand Malvern line is the new 5 Day Automatic, utilizing the flagship SH21 movement but now in the slightly slimmer Grand Malvern case. The combination of polished and brushed surfaces on the new 40.5mm case along with the modern styling of the dial make the C1 Grand Malvern appear to be a more complete package. The date aperture at three takes the same form as the one in the redesigned C5 Malvern line launched earlier this year, and the Christopher Ward branding at nine o’clock is balanced nicely across the dial. The polished blued hour and minute hands give a nice contrast against the domed opaline white dial.