Complications keep things interesting. Chronographs, perpetual calendars, minute repeaters, day/dates, moon phases, and many more mechanical wonders that do more than just tell the time – complications can be both the reason for a watch to exist, as well as to purchase them. But, new complications – developing complications – tend to be an art limited to the higher end, and understandably so. R & D for such things is expensive and daunting.
Yet, there’s a brand that has always firmly played in the approachable side of the pool, and still has managed over its history to develop some impressive complications in-house: Christopher Ward. With today’s launch of the Christopher Ward C1 Bel Canto they’ve shown, once again, that ingenuity, horology, and a taste for the exotic aren’t limited to five and six-figure watches.
It’s easy to overlook, or perhaps forget, that Christopher Ward has developed several of its own modules for complications over the years (and an in-house movement, but that’s a different story). There’s a huge, central moon phase, a criminally neglected Unitas-based mono-pusher chronograph, a couple of clever world timers, and a briefly used regulator (that might not count as a complication… but they still had to make it), but the complication that always stands out, and is relevant to today’s launch, is the jump hour.