When Christopher Ward first announced the C1 Grand Malvern, I was very excited. Over the last six years, we’ve seen that brand grow and change many times over and after a slight bump with their rebrand, the C1 looked like they were back on track. Great styling, even greater price and featuring their SH21 movement with a new, sexier design; there was a lot to like. Aside from the watch itself, what I was excited to see was a C Ward that had its own voice. It wasn’t derivative of other brands, nor was it “classically” styled. Rather, it was something new, something they could own.
Needless to say, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to spend some time with the watch, which has finally come. The C1 Grand Malvern is an evolution on their in-house watches, which have always sported a certain masculine-dress charm. It has their remarkable five-day chronometer movement and a price tag of $1,935, which is actually a bit lower than some of the previous models with the caliber. More over, the design is a new direction for the brand, in both the case and the dial, and just might be a high-point stylistically.