It’s always odd to see businessmen, IT professionals and corporate types strapping on wrist bling that betrays neglected dreams of the Thug Life. For those who prefer a little more depth to their beauty and a touch more gravitas to their style, watchmaker Christopher Ward has come up with the Natalie Portman of watches.
The C9 Harrison 5 Day Automatic features Christopher Ward’s in-house, Calibre SH21 movement, which powers the watch’s impressive 120-hour power reserve. The Swiss made, 31-jewel beauty takes a subtle approach, with an almost industrial look that is more understated traditional English in look rather than German heavy metal. The theme carries through to the in-house movement, which has been finished using a hand-grinding technique favored by English watchmakers of an earlier era, with flat-polished screws that have the more traditional English steel finish. The wheels are all turned and gold-plated. The movement is not just remarkably reliable, it’s all there to be admired through the sapphire crystal exhibition window in the case-back. It even sounds cool – yet serious – with its solid tungsten rotor hacking away the seconds.
The watch is fitted with either Louisiana alligator strap or bracelet, with both options tipping just above the US$2000 mark. So what time is it? Time to get serious about your watch.