Christopher Ward presents their latest dress watch collection C3 Grand Tourer that combines retro motorsport styling with the sophisticated case design of Malvern MKIII timepiece.
Drawing its name from the glamorous coupés produced during the 1950s and ‘60s, the C3 Grand Tourer watch features an eye-catching dial that pays homage to the elegantly textured dashboards of old, a feature that is reminiscent of one of the first timepieces that Christopher Ward ever released, the C3 Malvern Chronograph, which was inspired by the dashboard of an Aston Martin.
The C3 Grand Tourer’s two lateral bi-compax subdials each bear an azzuré finish designed to play with the light to create a pleasing visual effect; elsewhere, applied Arabic numerals and dot markers add depth. There are two different dial configurations available for the new timepiece, the first has a domed silver white finish and the second a vintage blue complemented by silver-white subdials and Old Radium SuperLumiNova numerals.
Matching the sleek curves of vintage touring cars, the C3 Grand Tourer is encased in an adapted version of the case used by Christopher Ward’s premium Grand Malvern dress collection.
With graceful, arcing lugs, and a combination of polished and brushed steel surfaces that create a slimming effect on the wrist, the case ensures that the C3 Grand Tourer can be a subtle companion when it needs to be. But for those moments when extra engine growl is required, piston-style pushers and the engraving of our twin flag emblem onto its crown and backplate prove this is a watch committed to grandeur as much as detail.
The C3 Grand Tourer is powered by a gold-plated Ronda 5021.D, a Swiss-made quartz chronograph accurate to -10/+20 seconds a month. A movement already relied upon by Christopher Ward for previous releases including the C7 Rapide Chronograph Quartz, the 5021.D features small second, central stop second and 30-minute counter capabilities, in addition to a date wheel that displays at 6 o’clock on the dial.
The C3 Grand Tourer is priced at £395 / $455 and is available with a Tiber leather strap in camel, tan or black.
Model: C3 Grand Tourer
Ronda 5021.D Quartz chronograph movement
Add & Split-time functions
Small second, 1/10th, 30-minute and 12-hour counters
Timing tolerance: -10/+20 secs per month
Steel case with brushed and polished facets
Lug to lug: 45.8mm
Push-down crown with twin flag motif, two pushers to operate subdials
Anti-reflective double curve top sapphire crystal
Snap case back with unique twin-flag engraving and serial number
Water resistance: 3 ATM (30 metres)
Domed Opalin white finish dial with azzuré subdial finish / Vintage blue with Old Radium SuperLumiNova numerals and silver-white azzuré subdial finish
Applied Arabic numerals and dot markers
Brushed, polished and curved hour, minute and central second hands
Tiber leather strap in camel, tan or black
Luxurious presentation case and owner’s handbook