Christopher Wards New Racing Inspired Range
It’s great news for all my British readers and all you guys out there that appreciate an Anglo-Swiss luxury Watch collection, because Christopher Ward has released the new C7 Rapide Collection inspired by motor racing. For those of you who don’t know Christopher Ward, you can read my review here but for the rest of you it’s a no-brainer when it comes to the build quality, design, precision, durability, and accuracy, that’s up there with the best of them but with substantially lower prices straight out of the gate.
What’s The Big Idea?
The principle behind the new race inspired collection was based in the glamorous world of motor sport where tenths of a second can prove the difference between success and failure. So the C7 Rapide Collection has been built using the same principles of engineering precision and flawless design, using only the highest quality materials throughout.
As Christopher Ward put it “Designing a watch is like designing a car. With the movement or engine a predefined entity, I wanted to concentrate on making the case or body as tactile as possible, transmitting all that power and dynamism into the part that you hold in your hands”
Part of this attention to precision engineering is illustrated by the development of the four-piece case that’s described as technically complex and the most expensive case across all collections to produce.
The entry level C7 Rapide Quartz has bold looks and a solid build quality due to its Swiss-made Ronda 715 quartz movement. It’s available in 42mm case with two face options, blue or black, although you have a choice of 7 different straps.
The C7 Rapide Quartz comes in at £395 to £460 or that’s $515 to $600 to our cousins across the pond.
They say of the new four-piece case construction influenced by the science and innovation in motorsport, that it’s a new manufacturing technique mastered by the Christopher Ward team bringing the collection up to ‘Tier 1’ in the luxury brand market. This case construction is used in all but the entry level Rapide Quartz model.
Propriety Four-Piece Case
As you can see from the numerous models the detailing on the C7 Rapide Quartz’s dial is fantastic featuring the same detailing that appears at the top end of the collection such as:
• Choice of black or blue dial finishes
• Twin flag logo at 12 o’clock
• Bevelled full minute track
• Multi-faceted hands with SuperLuminova®
• Stainless steel case
• Aluminium bezel with 55-minute markers
• Deep-stamped screw-down backplate
• Cross-hatched and embossed crown
• Accurate to within -10/+20 seconds a month
• Mercury-free battery with up to 60 months’ life
• Date window at 3 o’clock
• 70 per cent power-saving device
C7 Rapide Collection
If motorsport is all about winning in style then your motorsport inspired timepiece should reflect that is bucket loads. That’s exactly why the Rapide Collection has its own very distinct characteristics of polished indexes, double height numerals, and a choice of bold colors to let it really stand out.
Video courtesy of Christopher Ward
Between the precision of the Rapide Quartz collection and the mechanical, the Valjoux 7750-powered Rapide Chronograph Automatic, there’s something for everyone. The entry level Chronograph Quartz starts at £395 and moves steadily northwards up to £1,560 for an Automatic, but the C7 Rapide Quartz looks at home regardless of your environment, or should I say whether you’re in the driving seat or the pit lane.
If you would compare these entry level pieces to those of other Swiss Made pieces you’ll see just how affordable they are. Breitling and Omega, for example, will give you very little change from $3000 if you find them discounted, so it’s a real option if you’re looking for luxury at a down to earth price.
I will leave you with this. Right now you could take advantage of the low value of the GBP, and claim tax back. Well, it’s a thought, isn’t it?
So, if you’re looking for the perfect Watch at the perfect price, from a trusted source, you know it can be a stressful experience, with the right help and advice, you too can find your dream timepiece. As I’m considered an expert in my field and I write for other publications like Wrist Review I know you’ll benefit from my experience and avoid the pitfalls.
If you are considering buying online you may be interested in reading the “How to choose a watch for your wrist size” article here.
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