Christopher Ward C1 Bel Canto Limited Edition

Christopher Ward presents its first wristwatch with a chime (‘Sonnerie au Passage’) mechanism, powered by an ingenious mechanical calibre.

Christopher Ward C1 Bel Canto Limited Edition

Chime is an haute-horlogerie complication, mastered by a few watchmaking Maisons. For the first time, this prestigious function has been made accessible by Christopher Ward, with the C1 Bel Canto watch. Its new FS01 movement incorporates a ‘hammer’ that strikes a chime to mark the hour in every 60 minutes.

Christopher Ward C1 Bel Canto Limited Edition

It features a Grade 5 titanium case that improves the resonance and tone of the chime. It also ensures lightness and durability.

Christopher Ward C1 Bel Canto Limited Edition

The movement of the Bel Canto watch was developed by master watchmaker Frank Stelzer. He found that the module in the JJ01 calibre of the Christopher Ward C9 Harrison jumping hour watch of 2011 could be adapted to chime on the hour. This enabled the development of the module for the Calibre FS01, with the addition of 50 new components.

Christopher Ward C1 Bel Canto Limited Edition

With a generously-sized titanium gong surrounding the movement, its hammers viewed from the dial side, the C1 Bel Canto can be left in the “on” position to ring on each hour, or set to “off” from the same button at the 4 o’clock position.

Christopher Ward C1 Bel Canto Limited Edition

It has layered dial design with an Azzurro blue dial plate and floating time-telling dial in rhodium finish. Ringing status is indicated by a small red arrow adjacent to the button at 4 o’clock. With the hours and minutes dial contained at 12 o’clock, the entire mechanical ballet is on view at all times.

Christopher Ward C1 Bel Canto Limited Edition watch with titanium bracelet

This Swiss made mechanical chiming watch is limited to only 300 pieces. Fitted with a solid titanium case-back, its 41mm diameter case has a water resistance of 30 meters. Secured with four screws, the deep-stamped case-back spotlights soundwave motif.

Christopher Ward C1 Bel Canto Limited Edition

The Christopher Ward C1 Bel Canto watch price is £2,995 ($3,595 /€3,895).

Technical details

Model: Christopher Ward C1 Bel Canto

Case
Material: Grade 5 Titanium
Diameter: 41mm
Height: 13.00mm
Lug-to-Lug: 48.00mm
Case Weight: 53g
Water resistance: 3 ATM (30m)

Dial
Sub-dial Colour: Rhodium
Dial plate Colour: Blue
Lume: SLN C1 X1 BL

Movement
Calibre FS01, Self-winding with FS01 chiming module
Power reserve: 38 hours
No of Jewels: 29
Complication Type: Passing Chime
Vibrations: 28,800 p/hr (4Hz)
Timing Tolerance: +/-20 sec p/day

Strap
Italian leather and Titanium bracelet
Leather Strap Colour: Blue and camel
Strap Size: 22mm

Suggested retail price
£2,995/ $3,595/ €3,895