When trying on the watchmaking panorama of 2020, followers of reasonably priced watches must be in awe of the number of choices obtainable. Day-after-day there appears to be one thing new and thrilling, however, for those who have been to roll again the calendar ten years or so, pickings have been slim. Crowdsourcing wasn’t a factor, Instagram had simply kicked off, Worn & Wound was simply an thought in our heads, so the reasonably priced scene, so to talk, was restricted to boards. But, regardless of the challenges of publicity, one model managed to not solely make it work, however thrive. One of many earliest direct-to-consumer manufacturers, Christopher Ward, now 15 years previous, are trailblazers, ushering in a complete technology of manufacturers.
Please be a part of us for an Instagram reside dialogue about this venture with Mike France, CEO and Co-Founding father of Christopher Ward and Zach Weiss at 11am EST, 11/17/20
A model we’ve been writing about since yr one, Christopher Ward has all the time represented most of the identical rules that we constructed Worn & Wound on. Worth, high quality, accessibility, honesty, and an absence of pretension. Through the years, it has been superb to observe them refine and develop their model and their watches to the place they’re now, which is rating amongst the most effective watches obtainable at their value level, and some notches increased as properly.
As we speak, after practically 10 years of working collectively, we’re honored and excited to announce our first collaboration with Christopher Ward; the C65 Sandstorm and C65 Sandstorm Blackout Chronometers.
Please notice: we’re working this publish three hours earlier than the watches can be found for buy (12PM EDT) with the intention to give folks a while to study in regards to the watches, get pleasure from, and resolve in the event that they wish to purchase them.
For this collaboration, we needed to do extra than simply change a few colours of an current watch. We needed to make one thing completely different that might stand out from Christopher Ward’s current collections, in addition to our rising archive of collabs. So, we seemed for inspiration exterior of the world of watches, and landed on a theme each groups discovered very agreeable.
The C65 Sandstorm and Sandstorm Blackout Chronometers have been impressed by the rugged automobiles of desert rally racing and overlanding. Instruments themselves, these automobiles endure and attempt in a few of the most inhospitable environments on Earth. As a place to begin for the collaboration, we knew we needed to instill watches with at-a-glance toughness based mostly on the armored appearances of those machines. We knew they wanted a darkish and earthy tonality, impressed by dusty and soiled exteriors, in addition to hostile terrains. We needed the watches to have understated masculinity and funky, timeless fashion, however we additionally needed to ensure we didn’t lose the truth that these too are instruments, constructed for a goal.
Beginning with the case, we based mostly the C65 Sandstorm and Sandstorm Blackout on Christopher Ward’s best-in-class 38mm C65 “mild catcher” design. A stable little rock of metallic with unique strains, it sports activities a field sapphire crystal, 150 meters of water resistance (simply in case), and a sturdy screw-down crown. Sized completely for all-day-wear, the case measures 38 x 45.three x 11.6mm, with 20mm lugs. The ending and considerate curves of the C65 mild catcher really make it stand out from different comparable sport watch circumstances available on the market. A dance of strains and undercuts accompanied by distinctive ending make it put on thinner, and look sleeker than you even anticipate. An ideal stability of nice watchmaking and critical specs.
For our collaboration, the deeply stamped case-back incorporates a vortex motif representing the Sandstorm idea, and every is individually numbered. There are two variations: one in shiny metal with brushed and polished surfaces, and the opposite in matte black. The previous restricted to 200 items, whereas the latter a mere 100.
Whereas we relied on Christopher Ward’s current C65 design for the case, for the dial we collaborated on one thing new that might give these watches their very own persona. What emerged was a toolish sector-dial with an adventurous spirit. Concentric rings of raised metallic alternate with valleys of matte coloration creating various ranges of top and visible weight. The metallic rings match the circumstances round them, bringing industrial materiality into the dial. Punched out numerals in a military-inspired sort mark the three, 6, 9, and 12 hours, establishing a daring set of factors to maintain the watch oriented, whereas lume plots at each hour and on the fingers be sure that there’s clear visibility in low mild as properly.
Drawing from the mighty C1 Moonglow, in lieu of a conventional date window, the date is learn through a pointer-disk seen by means of a small hole in the direction of the middle of the dial, thus avoiding asymmetry-inducing holes or a fourth hand. The date is then printed on the dial floor, permitting for a fast learn, framing the innermost part of the dial which ties all of it along with a easy crosshair.
For the Sandstorm model, the dial is rendered in a cool, metallic palette, with spikes of coloration from teal lume plots, and raised brushed metallic surfaces for texture. Darkish grey metallic hour and minutes fingers level to their respective marks whereas a contrasting white and crimson seconds hand ticks away. The date is clearly indicated by a crimson bar, including a contact of heat distinction to the dial floor as properly. The Sandstorm comes mounted to both a Camel canvas two-piece strap, for a relaxed and weathered look, or to Christopher Ward’s wonderful metal bracelet, for clear and technical fashion.
The Sandstorm Blackout flips the distinction, with a brighter decrease floor and black metallic rings. The nice and cozy khaki, darkish grey and daring crimson accents add legibility, whereas khaki lume plots stand out in opposition to blackened metallic rings. Gun-metal hour and minute fingers, and a crimson tipped seconds, inform the time. A crimson bar on an identical khaki disc factors to the date for a seamless look. The Sandstorm Blackout comes on a Black canvas two-piece strap for a rugged, darkish aesthetic.
The ensuing dials, expertly manufactured by Christopher Ward, are dense and complicated, with ending that rivals the circumstances round them. Someplace between an exploration-field watch and an instrument ripped from a touch, the Sandstorms accomplish what we got down to obtain: purposeful device watches with a singular, hard-bitten look that will get throughout, in a non-overt means, a few of the simple, primal enchantment of the automobiles that impressed the idea.
Watches with such a technical look deserve a motion of a better order, so we went with chronometer-rated Sellita SW200s. Regulated, examined, and authorized by the COSC as correct to -4/+6 seconds a day in six positions and a wide range of temperatures, they promise a stage of precision befitting the extremely detailed dials, and technical machines that impressed them. Sturdy and dependable, the SW200 options 25-jewels, hacking, hand-winding, a custom-made date, 38 hours of energy reserve, and a frequency of 28,800 beats per hour, for a easy gliding seconds hand.
“I suppose the best praise I will pay the C65 Sandstorm and C65 Sandstorm Blackout is that a part of me needs they have been CW main-range sequence watches as they’d grow to be instantaneous best-sellers.” – Mike France, CEO and Co-Founding father of Christopher Ward
Almost a yr within the making, we couldn’t be extra happy with the Christopher Ward x Worn & Wound C65 Sandstorm and Sandstorm Blackout Chronometers. Exceptionally executed and uniquely enticing (properly, in our humble opinions) they symbolize each manufacturers properly, in addition to commemorate the years we’ve labored and grown collectively. And, in fact, for followers of watches usually, provide a brand new and extremely unique timepiece that’s in contrast to every other. Beginning at $1,085, the C65 Sandstorm and Sandstorm Blackout will probably be obtainable 11/17/20 at 12pm EDT solely by means of the Windup Watch Shop. Watches will start transport in early December.
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