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Back in 2014, Christopher Ward broke into the world of in-house movement manufacturing with the introduction of the Calibre SH21. As an unexpected move to witness from a young, independent brand, industry experts were curious, surprised, and in many ways, thrilled to see this kind of dedication from Christopher Ward. Since then, the British brand has released a handful of attractive watches that utilize the the SH21 – like the the Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Power Reserve. Today, Ball Watches Rubber Strap Replica continues to push the limits of their very own in-house movement and now aim to find new ways to build upon the SH21 as a base movement to be used in newer and more feature-packed timepieces.
The story of the Calibre SH21 can be traced back to late 2009, when Christopher Ward’s master watchmaker, Johannes Jahnke, began the long process that would eventually end with the first in-house Christopher Ward movement. Another important step in the process was the merger with Synergies Horlogères, a partner crucial to the execution and development of the SH21. After four years of hard work, trials, failures, and successes, the Calibre SH21 was revealed to the watchmaking world in July of 2014.
The Ball Watches Glasgow Replica C1 Grand Malvern Jumping Hour shares exactly the exact same restrained 40.5mm stainless steel case by the flagship C1 Grand Malvern Power Reserve, with a polished bezel and drag tops along with a brushed case band, giving it the appearance of a well-proportioned apparel watch. Like another Malvern watches, the Jumping Hour has a 30m water-resistance evaluation along with a twin-flag motif on the crown.Under the dial, the Christopher Ward C1 Jumping Hour stocks an identical beating heart to its predecessor, the C9 Harrison. The ETA 2824-2 foundation of the predecessor was replaced by a Sellita SW200-1, and it is a well-known substitute for the ETA and more popular given the fast declining supply of ETA moves to non-Swatch manufactures. On top of this robust, workhorse motion is the JJ01 module, developed in-house. The modular path makes sense over developing a new movement from the ground up given that among their brand’s goals is to keep prices affordable.The watch is given in three dial colours; blue, black, and white, with the latter having a domed opaline finish, using sunray finishes on the other two. There’s no seconds hand but the second hand is simple and clean and polished or blued (determined by dial shade). It’s identifiable as a Malvern using the dial the case and finishing the apparel watch aesthetic. The window for the jumping hour is at 12 o’clock and contains sloping edges that echo the design of their date windows on other Malvern lines. This is a neat bit and the attention to detail is appreciated.
The Christopher Ward Calibre SH21
The Christopher Ward Calibre SH21 was also a response to the waning supply of third party movements, particularly at the hands of the Swatch Group’s reduced distribution to competitors. Though this is due to have an effect all the way through 2020 (and beyond), Christopher Ward takes pride in seeing this as an issue early on and investing heavily in the research and development of a movement that would facilitate true independence. It was clearly a worth-while effort and now, Christopher Ward is now in a position to license its design out to other brands, and help create some new competition in the watch industry.
Christopher Ward’s master watchmaker, Johannes Jahnke
Industry shake-ups aside, the Christopher Ward Calibre SH21 is quite special for the brand. Consisting of 164 parts, it features an in-series twin barrel system that allows for 120 hours of power reserve, which is something that often comes at a huge premium from other brands. It operates at 4Hz (28,800bph) but the movement’s crowning feature is of course, its timekeeping. All Christopher Ward Calibre SH21 movements are COSC certified, making them the perfect base movement for new and compelling in-house releases and innovations.
Although the Calibre SH21 can be seen as a huge accomplishment, Ball Watches Replica Replica still has their sights set on the future. In-house movement production is a big move for any brand but it’s important to keep moving. Now, Christopher Ward is eager to take things to the next level with the Calibre SH21 at their side as a base movement in order to bring new, mechanically interesting, and value-driven timepieces to watch enthusiasts everywhere. As the the first commercially viable movement from a British watch brand in 50 years, this movement is sure to stand as a crucial point in the brand’s history and a catalyst that’ll spark new growth and competition in the watch industry. christopherward.com
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