Christopher Ward C1 Moonglow

The new C1 Moonglow watch from Christopher Ward marks 50 years since mankind’s greatest exploratory achievement. Launched on 27th June, the C1 Moonglow from Christopher Ward builds upon the traditional horological moonphase complication to create a modern timepiece that uses Callibre JJ04, an in-house modification accurate to a day every 128 years.

Unlike some moonphase complications that transition once per day, JJ04 offers a more dynamic approach. Using the ETA 2836-2 as a base, the date wheel, along with its spring-loading assembly, have been stripped out and replaced by four further wheels to drive the moon disc, with two more required for the setting mechanism.

The result is a smooth perpetual action that sees the moon arc gracefully across the dial, which is decorated to mimic a star-filled night sky. If kept wound, Calibre JJ04 will remain accurate to a day every 128 years.

The innovative new timepiece features two eye-catching 3D moons on the dial, both of which are coated with Grade X1 GL C1 Super-LumiNova® that emits an otherworldly ‘moonglow’.

Positioned opposite from one another, the two 3D moons will perpetually rotate thanks to Calibre JJ04, which allows the wearer to read the phase of one moon on their timepiece through an aperture at 12 o’clock while the other is clouded from view beneath smoked glass.

Another impressive technical feature exists around the outside of the Moonglow’s dial. In place of a conventional date window, a rotating ring has been coated with Grade X1 GL C1 SuperLumiNova®, aside from one individual non-lumed section in red which aligns with the current date on a lumed outer date ring. This new additional modification allows the wearer to read the date as well as the time during night or day.

Grade X1 GL C1 Super-LumiNova® is also applied to the hands and Arabic numerals of the C1 Moonglow, ensuring that it is undoubtedly one of the brightest watches Christopher Ward has ever made, giving it an enchanting character.

Matching the Moonglow’s muted dial, the Calibre JJ04 rotor has a black diamond-like carbon finish as well as being engraved with Christopher Ward’s twin flag pattern.

The new C1 Moonglow is priced at £1,695.  Available to purchase from 27th June 2019.

Technical details

Brushed and polished marine-grade (316L) stainless steel case
Diameter: 40.5mm
Height: 12.35mm
Lug to lug: 48.55mm
Push-down crown with twin flag motif
Anti-reflective domed sapphire crystal
Exhibition backplate with unique engraved serial number
Water resistance: 3 ATM (30 metres)

Polished and smoked finish dial
3D stamped luminescent Moonphase disc visible through unique wide and curved aperture
Raised and polished indexes
Super-LumiNova Grade® X1 GL C1 moons, hands, indexes, numerals and outer date ring
Brushed, polished and curved steel hands

Self-winding 25 jewel ETA 2836 movement with ‘JJ04’ in-house Moonphase module
38-hour power reserve
Lumed date ring with shaded section
Diamond-like carbon (DLC) finished rotor with twin-flag engraving
Vibrations: 28,800 per hour (4 Hz)
Timing tolerance: -10/+20 seconds per day

Width: 20mm

Swiss made

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