Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Christopher Ward Launches Exclusive Timepiece Collection in Partnership with Morgan Motor Company

Christopher Ward in association with luxury motor car manufacturer Morgan Motor Company has unveiled a three-piece watch collection which marks the beginning of an exciting and unique five-year partnership.

The three timepieces, all of which take inspiration from Morgan Motor Company’s legendary British craftsmanship and engineering, are available exclusively to current and former owners of a Morgan motorcar and will be available to order from May 2017 from Morgan dealerships worldwide and the Christopher Ward website.

The collection, designed by Christopher Ward's Senior Designer Adrian Buchmann in collaboration with Morgan’s Chief Designer Jonathan Wells, marries Christopher Ward and Morgan in both performance and design. At the heart of each timepiece is a custom-made version of Christopher Ward’s renowned in-house movement, Calibre SH21, hand-built by watchmakers at their atelier in Biel, Switzerland.

C1 Morgan 3 Wheeler Chronometer
The first watch in the collection is the C1 Morgan 3 Wheeler Chronometer housed in a dynamic and sleek black diamond-like carbon coated Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern case. The timepiece offers a number of visible parallels to the Morgan 3 Wheeler motorcar and has been designed to offer vintage elegance, perfect for those with a classic sense of style. The matte black dial is reminiscent of the car’s aviation-inspired design and the bespoke bridge design of the movement reflects the V-Twin design of the 3 Wheeler’s engine.
The C1 Morgan 3 Wheeler Chronometer sports a Tiber leather strap which is available in three colour options, camel, brown and black with an Aviation Black interior.

Technical details
C1 Morgan 3 Wheeler Chronometer, Swiss made

Movement
Christopher Ward’s in-house 27 jewel hand-wound Calibre SH21 with 120-hour power reserve
COSC-certified chronometer
Vibrations: 28,800 per hour (4 Hz)
Timing tolerance: -4/+6 seconds per day
Sandblasted black PVD finish to movement with unique skeletonised bridge

Case
Marine-grade black DLC steel case
Diameter: 40.5mm
Height: 11.60mm
Lug to lug: 48.5mm
Push-down crown with Morgan logotype
Anti-reflective double curve top sapphire crystal
Screw-in exhibition case back with engraved Morgan chassis number and serial number
Water Resistance: 3 ATM (30 metres)

Dial
Matte black dial with Old Radium lume
Multi-faceted top-polished and sandblasted steel hands

Strap
Italian hand-crafted Tiber vintage leather strap with whip-stitch, sandblasted DLC dress clasp and engraved CW motif
Strap width: 20mm

Packaging
Luxury presentation case and owner’s handbook

Retail Price
RRP £2,250

C1 Morgan Classic Chronometer
The second unique design to be unveiled is the C1 Morgan Classic Chronometer. Inspired by the Classic’s timeless design, the flowing lines of Christopher Ward’s Grand Malvern case capture the light perfectly presenting a watch of understated elegance and refinement.

Available with either the classic or contemporary Morgan Motor Company logo in the 12 o’clock position, the C1 Morgan Classic Chronometer incorporates the unique concentric circle motoring design on the twin barrels visible beneath a skeletonised bridge with polished chamfers that reflects the distinctive steering wheel design of the Morgan Classic.
With a smooth and pliable Piccari leather strap available in three colours, camel, brown and black with a Morgan Blue interior, the C1 Morgan Classic Chronometer is the ultimate addition to any dress watch collection.

Technical details
Model: C1 Morgan Classic Chronometer, Swiss made

Movement
Christopher Ward’s in-house 29 jewel hand-wound Calibre SH21 with 120 hour power reserve
COSC-certified chronometer
Vibrations: 28,800 per hour (4 Hz)
Timing tolerance: -4/+6 seconds per day
Colimaçoné finish to movement with unique skeletonised bridge and polished chamfers

Case
316L polished surgical-grade stainless steel case
Diameter: 40.5mm
Height: 12.45mm
Lug to lug: 48.5mm
Push-down crown with Morgan logotype
Anti-reflective double curve top sapphire crystal
Screw-in exhibition case back with engraved Morgan chassis number and serial number
Water Resistance: 3 ATM (30 metres)

Dial
Domed Opalin dial with domed and polished nickel indexes
Multi-faceted top-polished steel and blued hands

Strap
Italian Piccari leather strap with polished dress clasp and engraved CW motif
Strap width: 20mm

Packaging
Luxury presentation case and owner’s handbook

Retail Price
RRP £2,250

C1 Morgan Aero 8 Chronometer
The third watch in the collection, the C1 Morgan Aero 8 Chronometer is a key timepiece to add to the collection of the most discerning Morgan owner. The seamless design features a 120 hour power reserve indicator, encapsulated in a polished case with brushed sides to accentuate ‘light-catcher’ lines to enhance the play of light and present a slimmer profile. The dramatic curved matte black and opalin azureé dial, finished with raised and printed indexes and layered subdials echoes the dials of the cars cockpit, celebrating the aeronautical yet playful feel of the car.
The perforated Piccari leather strap, available in three different colour options camel, brown and black with a Racing Red interior.

Technical details
Model: C1 Morgan Aero 8 Chronometer, Swiss made

Movement
Christopher Ward’s in-house 31 jewel hand-wound Calibre SH21 with 120 hour power reserve and power reserve complication
COSC-certified chronometer
Vibrations: 28,800 per hour (4 Hz)
Timing tolerance: -4/+6 seconds per day
Sandblasted black PVD finish to movement with unique skeletonised bridge and polished chamfers

Case
316L polished surgical-grade stainless steel case with brushed sides
Diameter: 40.5mm
Height: 12.45mm
Lug to lug: 48.5mm
Push-down crown with Morgan logotype
Anti-reflective double curve top sapphire crystal
Screw-in exhibition case back with engraved Morgan chassis number and serial number
Water Resistance: 3 ATM (30 metres)

Dial
Opalin dial with multi-layered azuré subdials
Multi-faceted top-polished steel hands

Strap
Perforated Italian Piccari leather strap with polished dress clasp and engraved CW motif
Strap width: 20mm

Packaging
Luxury presentation case and owner’s handbook

Retail Price
RRP £2,795

The three timepieces are the result of a collaborative design between Christopher Ward Senior Designer Adrian Buchmann, and Morgan Head of Design Jonathan Wells to give Morgan enthusiasts a chance to incorporate the brand’s iconic designs into their everyday life through a quality British and Swiss timepiece. All the Christopher Ward C1 Morgan watches will be engraved with the owner’s past or present Morgan car chassis number on the back plate. Available from May 2017.

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