ENGLISH WATCH BRAND ON THE UP

 
Timothy Barber
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BOLD NEW DESIGNS AND WEBSITE FROM CHRISTOPHER WARD
Englishman Christopher Ward set up his watch brand a few years ago with the aim of creating affordable high-quality watches. His latest collection of Swiss-made timepieces sees him reaching a new level of design sophistication. There’s the suavely dressy, hand-assembled “jumping hour” watch, the C9 (below), in which the hour is marked out in a Roman numeral that changes each hour, while a single minute hand rotates round the dial. The pick of the collection, though, may be the C700 Rapide (left), a strikingly handsome chronograph. At £1,150 and £799 respectively for these two watches, and an eye-catching C60 diving watch for just £365 among the new pieces, Ward’s offering about the best value in mechanical timepieces that we know of right now.