First launched in late 2022, the Christopher Ward C1 Bel Canto has already developed a cult following in fanatic circles due to its manufacture-developed passing chime complication at a sub-$4000 value level. Bringing this haute horlogerie component to a much more accessible market phase has been a major coup for the model, and after its preliminary introduction the model is understandably desirous to increase the collection. Developed in partnership with watch collector group [email protected], one of many first reinterpretations of the Bel Canto platform (and the very first Bel Canto collaboration design) provides a handful of bespoke touches to the design alongside a luxe new colorway. The brand new restricted version Christopher Ward C1 Bel Canto x [email protected] brings an opulent new vitality to the Bel Canto line, and acts as an efficient demonstration of stylistic flexibility for the younger collection.
Measuring in at 41mm-wide, the titanium case of the Christopher Ward C1 Bel Canto x [email protected] is kind of an identical to the usual manufacturing Bel Canto in pictures. Like earlier iterations, it is a clear, conventional design general, with sporty tapering lugs and a steady polished case facet chamfer to interrupt up the predominantly brushed surfaces. The unique Bel Canto’s distinctive 2 o’clock pillbox crown and 4 o’clock rectangular chime pusher additionally make a return right here, giving the case an apparently uneven look in pictures. Christopher Ward units this mannequin other than earlier Bel Canto choices with its customized engraved caseback, which options the [email protected] group emblem on the heart of a collection of radiating sound waves. As with earlier fashions within the collection, it is a far cry from a sporting timepiece, and the miniscule 30 meter water resistance score serves to strengthen that truth.
The dial of the Christopher Ward C1 Bel Canto x [email protected] is the place this mannequin’s new additions shine by brightest. Slightly than the graceful sunburst texture of earlier fashions, the C1 Bel Canto x [email protected] gives a closely grained, nearly hammered important dial floor in pictures, with a vivid, luxurious yellow gold end. In fact, this dial exists primarily as a backdrop for the uncovered chiming complication, together with the skeleton bridge supporting the 12 o’clock timekeeping subdial. Like earlier iterations, that is an open, ethereal, and visually balanced format, with the chiming gong curling from 2 o’clock to 10 o’clock to create a pure body for parts just like the sculptural hammer at 7 o’clock and the 4 o’clock chime activation indicator. This indicator additionally highlights the C1 Bel Canto x [email protected]’s different main tweak to the Bel Canto formulation: blued palms. Each the triangular indicator hand and the skeletonized baton handset on the principle timekeeping subdial are rendered in a vibrant blue tone, contrasting dramatically with the gold base dial in pictures.
As with earlier Bel Canto iterations, the Christopher Ward C1 Bel Canto x [email protected] makes use of the closely modified, Sellita SW200-1-based FS01 computerized passing chime motion. Though a lot of the efficiency of the FS01 is on par with its Sellita donor motion, together with a 38 hour energy reserve and a 28,800 bph beat fee, that solely tells a small portion of this powerplant’s story. The putting mechanism for the passing chime complication was totally developed by Christopher Ward technical director Frank Stelzer, and options over 60 bespoke parts. Whereas the ending on the uncovered dial-side motion parts is comparatively simple in pictures, largely consisting of linear brushing and sharpening, the model continues to be in a position to extract a wealth of visible drama from these parts with considerate use of format and shaping. Christopher Ward completes the watch with a wide range of strap choices, together with a three-link oyster-style bracelet in titanium, together with basic leather-based straps in black, muted tan, and deep navy blue.
Arriving lower than 4 months after the preliminary launch of the Bel Canto line, the restricted version Christopher Ward C1 Bel Canto x [email protected] builds on the success of the unique with an attention-grabbing new colorway whereas showcasing the road’s potential for visible adaptability. Solely 200 examples of the Christopher Ward C1 Bel Canto x [email protected] shall be made, however 110 of those fashions shall be reserved for [email protected] group members, leaving solely 90 models for most of the people. The watch is accessible to pre-order now, with anticipated supply in late July 2023. Beginning MSRP for the Christopher Ward C1 Bel Canto x [email protected] stands at $3,595 USD as of press time. For extra particulars, please go to the model’s web site.