In the words of the classic Huey Lewis song - Christopher Ward’s latest launch shows that it’s ‘hip to be square’!
Three decades on from that song Christopher Ward’s first new launch of 2016 presents the company’s thinnest-ever mechanical model, the C5 Malvern Slimline Square - creating a stunning new streamlined style option to further expand the highly popular Malvern range.
At 37mm square, the C5 Malvern Slimline Square has been meticulously proportioned to sit perfectly on almost every size of wrist and, with a height of only 8.25mm, it will slide elegantly under the most sharply tailored shirt or blouse cuff. On the dial the refined diamond-polished nickel hands are dual faceted, blending sophisticated style with ease of reading. The Sellita 210-1 movement is housed in a newly re-engineered case and the Côtes de Genève finish on the bridge further enhances the pleasure of viewing the power unit through the transparent case-back. The two initial dial colour options offer a sunray effect one-piece dial in blue or a classic matt white, creating startlingly different expressions of the 'square style' of the C5 Malvern Slimline Square.
Designing the perfectly proportioned square watch had become something of an obsession for the design team at Christopher Ward, as Mike France, co-founder of the brand, explains: “The square format has long been a design classic that presents a particularly strong challenge to the watch designer to get it exactly right. With the right proportions it is a shape that can be used to blend retro elements with a contemporary tone to create a truly standout design. However, that unique balance between classic and contemporary, modern yet retro, the proportions have to be absolutely spot on - and I think we really hit that mark with this design. The square shape is sometimes overlooked by watch aficionados but I hope that our C5 Malvern Slimline Square shows that the shape is not only eminently practical but that this design also projects a blend of discreet old-school style with a dynamic modern edge. The leather strap option helps to dial-up the classical character while the fine-knit Milanese bracelet delivers a stunning modern expression to our Malvern collection.”
The C5 Malvern Slimline Square is offered in white and blue dial options with a choice of an embossed alligator pattern Italian leather with CW- motif clasp (£399) or a fine-knit stainless steel Milanese bracelet (£475).
The C5 Malvern Slimline Square is available on Pre-order for delivery in early February.
Photographs: Christopher Ward
Hand-wound mechanical movement with Côtes de Genève finish on bridge
42-hour power reserve
Surgical grade stainless steel case and crown
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Diamond-polished, dual faceted nickel minute and hour hands
Sun-ray effect one-piece dial (blue)/ Matt, one piece dial (white)
Transparent case back
Screw-in back plate
Unique engraved serial number
Embossed alligator pattern Italian leather with CW motif clasp/ Fine-knit, stainless steel Milanese bracelet
Height: 8.25 mm
Calibre: Sellita 210-1
Vibrations: 28,800 vph
Case: 316L Stainless steel
Water Resistance: 3 ATM / 30 metres
Dial Colour: white or blue
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