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Christopher Ward has launched a Chronograph look at that really has me fairly intrigued. I've usually uncovered that CW is surely an intriguing business with replica watches that occur in in a really appealing value issue, but haven't seriously been specific interested in the mixture of design and elements which they have employed in the previous till now. Christopher Ward is a young organization, established in 2005 and has been developing value-oriented mechanical replica watches for that past several yrs.
The C900 features a greatly modified and prolonged Unitas 6497 base motion that's been up-to-date using a Single pusher chronograph complication and dubbed the JJ02, named following the movement's designer, Johannes Jahnke.
The C900 Solitary Pusher Chronograph will not be low-cost at £2450, but seems to be a great price given the features of the check out. It will be unveiled in a limited edition of 250 pieces, all hand assembled by either Jahnke or his assistant Frank Stelzer. No other information was provided as to size (A CW Forum Member has provided Diameter to be 43mm as seen below in the comments) and water resistance but I would assume fairly large size given the foundation Unitas movement and water resistance must be decent as well since the gasket system on the crown is highlighted.
From Christopher Ward:
"With its rare complication and bespoke movement, Christopher Ward's C900 One Pusher Chronograph is one of the most significant replica watches to be launched by a British watchmaker this year. The automatic chronograph which can be started, stopped and reset by using a single 'pusher', or button, represents unrivalled benefit at ?2,450. Available to pre-order from the end of August for mid-October availability, the C900 will allow many view enthusiasts to buy into a world that they could previously only have dreamt about.
The timeless and understated dial of the C900, with its continuous seconds sub-dial and 30-minute totaliser, was designed by Christopher Ward in Britain, but it is the extensively developed and adapted Unitas 6497 calibre that is the real star of the show. Watchmaker, Johannes Jahnke, based in Christopher Ward's Swiss atelier, has taken the base motion and turned it into something magnificent.
Right from the start, Jahnke's aim was to create a calibre which would allow customers to see how every part of the view functioned, through a wide exhibition back. The first step in achieving his vision was to ensure that the main plate and all the connections fitted the foundation module like a glove. Jahnke then set about introducing a sliding gear and reworking the bridges, the winding mechanism and the centre and second wheels, as well as the swan-neck adjustment system.
To make so many major mechanical and aesthetic improvements required a mastery of traditional watchmaking skills - which have sadly become increasingly rare. Even among many of the leading luxury replica watch brands, mass-produced movements have become the accepted standard.
To help him create the new Single Pusher, Jahnke approached Jean Fillon who has worked with chronograph movements ever since the 1940s. Despite an age gap of nearly 60 years the two men struck up a close friendship. Jahnke, affectionately refers to Fillon as 'opi', or 'grandpa', while the older watchmaker delights in how 'JJ' has drawn on his traditional skills to create such an affordable and contemporary chronograph.
For anyone intrigued in how a purely mechanical device can measure fractions of a second while also keeping time accurately for months on end, the reverse of the C900 provides one of the finest views within the enjoy world. The C900's exhibition back reveals a masterpiece of clarity and simplicity. Jahnke's JJO2 calibre is supremely elegant, clean and, above all, 'understandable'. It is even possible to see how the sliding gear, clutch and brake allows the chronograph to be controlled by an individual pusher, set within the crown.
'The last chronographs I made cost ?70,000,' says Jahnke, 'and most of them are probably locked up in a safe somewhere. I have only ever seen one being worn. I'd like more people to get pleasure from my work and understand what I do. Christopher Ward has given me the opportunity to do that. The C900 is often a enjoy which I am hugely proud of, which is also affordable enough to be worn, applied and appreciated by a much wider range of customers.'
It is extremely rare for even the most expensive replica watches to be put together by just one man but that is exactly how each of the 250 limited edition C900s are being assembled - either by Jahnke or his assistant, Frank Stelzer. More than 100 separate jobs and many more parts go into making every observe, and just fitting the hairspring can take 40 minutes - making the value of the C900 all the more remarkable.
Aside from the movement, a vast amount of thought, ingenuity and skill has gone into developing other parts of the C900. For example, the bespoke crown continues to be designed from scratch in order to overcome the challenge of incorporating the central axis as well as four 'O' rings, which allow the pusher to be depressed while still ensuring the check out remains waterproof.
'The C900 brings the world of complications and the upper end of watchmaking within reach of more people than ever before,' says Chris Ward. 'One day we may produce even more complicated replica watches but the C900 will normally be incredibly special for me. Johannes has accomplished something extraordinary.'"