Christopher Ward creates its slimmest mechanical timepiece

British watch business Christopher Ward has unveiled its slimmest-ever mechanical watch.

The C5 Malvern 595 is 6mm thick, and houses a 2.5mm deep ETA 7001 movement.

“It’s not often that we start using a new movement we’ve never tried before, but the closer we looked at this one, the more impressed we were. In particular, we loved how robust and stable it seemed,” said Christopher Ward’s co-founder Mike France.

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The watch, which is sold directly from Christopher Ward’s website on a vintage oak leather strap in camel, brown or black, or on a Milanese mesh bracelet, costs £595.

 

 

The use of an unmodified ETA movement means Christopher Ward had to focus on differentiating from competitors with the watch’s design and architecture. The company’s senior designer Adrian Buchmann chose to keep things simple.

“Because the 595’s most important quality is that it’s very slim, it was important we didn’t distract from that – which, mostly, meant removing clutter. So, the dial is very simple, with no raised elements or extraneous detail, and we needed exceptionally pure, clean hands. The main detail, in fact, is on the rear of the watch, where we have used a crystal exhibition caseback, so the movement can be viewed,” he describes.

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