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Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Jumping Hour Watch

Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Jumping Hour Watch Watch Releases Written by Praneeth Raj Singh for aBlogtoWatch

Since its rebranding efforts early in 2016, Christopher Ward has been busy refreshing existing models and releasing new watches that are designed to get the brand’s new image to a wider base. The new Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Jumping Hour watch is the first jumping hour piece from the brand since the C9 Harrison in 2011. The new Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Jumping Hour is in line with the new design philosophy with the brand’s usual conservative but classy looks.

Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Jumping Hour Watch Watch Releases

Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Jumping Hour Watch Watch Releases

For those who may be new to this complication, a “jumping hour” as we see here means that instead of gradually moving from one hour to the next like most hour hands do, the hour display jumps at the moment when the traditional minute hand crosses the 60-minute mark. Of course, the hour hand is done away with here and the hour is displayed via a window which shows the hour as a “digital” display. The objective with this complication is to reduce the confusion of having to read two hands on a dial and is also helpful for anyone who’d like to know what hour it is at a quick glance. Also, it just looks unique compared to a three-hander.

Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Jumping Hour Watch Watch Releases

The Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Jumping Hour shares the same restrained 40.5mm stainless steel case from the flagship C1 Grand Malvern Power Reserve, with a polished bezel and lug tops and a brushed case band, giving it the appearance of a well-proportioned dress watch. Like the other Malvern watches, the Jumping Hour has a 30m water-resistance rating and a twin-flag motif on the crown.

Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Jumping Hour Watch Watch Releases

Under the dial, the Christopher Ward C1 Jumping Hour shares a similar beating heart to its predecessor, the C9 Harrison. The ETA 2824-2 base of the predecessor has been replaced by a Sellita SW200-1, which is a well-known substitute for the ETA and increasingly popular given the rapidly declining supply of ETA movements to non-Swatch manufactures. On top of this robust, workhorse movement is the JJ01 module, developed in-house. The modular route makes sense over developing a new movement from the ground up given that one of the brand’s goals is to keep prices affordable.

Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Jumping Hour Watch Watch Releases

Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Jumping Hour Watch Watch Releases

The watch is offered in three dial colors; black, blue, and white, with the latter having a domed opaline finish, with sunray finishes on the other two. There is no seconds hand but the minute hand is simple and clean and either polished or blued (depending on dial color). It is recognizable as a Malvern with the dial complementing the case and completing the dress watch aesthetic. The window for the jumping hour is at 12 o’clock and has sloping edges that echo the design of the date windows on other Malvern lines. This is a neat touch and the attention to detail is appreciated.


Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Jumping Hour Watch Watch Releases

While the design is conservative, considered, and not particularly flashy, it is the jumping hour complication that makes this watch standout. The Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Jumping Hour is likely to appeal to people looking for something different or horologically interesting over the standard dress watch. The Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Jumping Hour is priced at $1,595 and available with Shell Cordovan straps with Bader deployant or a Milanese bracelet.



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  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    Conservative, 40.5mm, interesting complication. What’s not to like. I like them.

  • ???

    To me, it’s a pity that this new model doesn’t come with their SH21 movement.

  • Unlike Linconshire Poacher, I will comment on the brand font. I don’t like it, not that I cared much for the previous Chr. Ward printing either. Do like the watch though and the price is reasonable for what you get. I’d do the blue if I was a buyer.

    • Sevenmack

      I actually liked the Chr. Ward. That word mark was fitting with the brand’s ties to Britain and added an old-school feel to its watches. The new word mark, on the other hand, looks like was designed on Microsoft Word using the Calibri font. At least Ward could have used Google’s Roboto.

      The watches are quite nice. The finishing on the movement isn’t as well-done as on the Five Day manual movements. But it is nice.

      • They appear to be Elabore grade Sellita SW 200 movements (as the base caliber). So yeah, nicer looking than a standard grade ETA 2824 or Sellita SW 200.

      • IG

        Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto.

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  • Ross Diljohn

    I would wear the white on some occasions I can think of but still not very often.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Given the choice ( the best of a bad bunch really ) i would go blue mesh . The novelty would soon wear off and it would be banish until i wear the sweater that compliments it. I preferred Chr. Ward on the dial. For a nice dressy watch , you could do worse.

  • Mark1884

    I really like CW and will be following them. The jumping hour Malvern is just too cool. I have been interested in “one handers”. My choice would be the blue dial on the Milanese bracelet.
    It could be a unique watch for a casual event.

  • Richard Baptist

    There’s something about this I don’t like, I’m not sure what it is. I preferred the older versions of their jumping hour watches. I think its the shape of the window with the sloping edges. The price is great though.

    • ???

      Agreed. I also prefer the previous version that looks more elegant to me.

  • BILL

    Somebody better call Sir Mix-a-Lot because that is one huge aperture.

    • JimBob

      OH. MY. GOD, Becky.

      • Berndt Norten

        Look at that case back.

        • SwissMatic

          It looks like one of those “rap guy’s” watches.

  • I’d rather have the “Christopher Ward” aligned in the center beneath the jumping hour, in two lines of text.

  • Ricardo Cabza

    Can’t stand the bland “Christopher Ward” lettering on the watch, could they have picked a more boring font to use?

  • Karl J Seward

    It has a gorgeous shade of blue, still reserving judgment on the new branding till I have seen it in the flesh but this is an interesting piece on the less.

  • Word Merchant

    I’m not keen on the size and shape of the hour aperture and I agree wholeheartedly with Panagiotis below re logo placement, but this is a hell of a lot of watch for the money and generally a very crisp and clean design.

    I’ll write it again: why the hell would anyone ever buy a Bremont when they could buy a Christopher Ward watch and a very nice weekend away with it.

  • MEddie90

    It has risen, Hallelujah. Glad to see that Ch Ward hasn’t been given the same treatment as RGM.

    Quite like the watch, solid movement, good readability, reasonable size and a useful and well implemented complication. Styling is simple and attractive with the applied markers on every other hour and a silver grained dial texturing, not to keen on the brand logo and placement though, would have possibly worked better at 6:00. A good option for an everyday business casual watch at a reasonable price.

  • “The objective with this complication is to reduce the confusion of having to read two hands on a dial”

    Is it? Because I find this far more confusing. 40 years of reading analog clocks and watches has wired my brain to interpret a watch dial as “big hand displays minutes, little hand displays hours, window displays the date.” I don’t know if it’s a design flaw, or my own cognition throwing up a wall, but to me, every time I glanced at this watch, I’d think the hour hand fell off.

    And CW, what’s with the left-justified logo in Arial? It doesn’t look invigorating or modern. It looks like you’re doing cross-over marketing with American Apparel.

  • BrJean

    Very attractive price for a watch with such a rare complication.

  • SuperStrapper

    I was going to say that with a nice (genre) seconds indication that this would be a pretty cool watch, but then we’d be back in that confusing state of having to decipher 2 watch hands on the same dial! O noes!

  • JCRV

    I’m wondering about the jumping hours. With my chronograph, when the seconds hand is at 12, I can’t be really sure if the minutes hand has already jumped. I’m assuming you would have a similar problem here when the minutes hand is at 12?
    Both problems can be easily fixed of course. Restart the chronograph or in this case, wait 30 seconds. Still think I would prefer to tell the time at a glance, though.

  • TheChuphta

    For such a cool complication these are missing a certain je ne sais quoi but still very appealing. I wish jumping hours popped up at this price point more often.

  • Word Merchant

    …and we’re back!

  • Yan Fin

    Boring design, mediocre movement, confusing time display…pass

    • ???

      How can you feel confusing with just a jumping hour in window and a central minute hand?

      • Yan Fin

        I feel like someone stole a few hands?

      • IG

        Low IQ?

  • DanW94

    I think this is a great value for the price given the not so common complication. But once you move past the hour window the dial’s just too empty. I believe the older CW jumping hours had Arabic numbers that gave the dial some character. I prefer a jumping hour design like the Oris (B&M makes one also) where the minutes and seconds are indicated in sub-dials. It lends the dial some visual depth. But despite it’s lack of panache I think it’s a smart choice as a dress watch.

    • Yan Fin

      Previous had Roman numerals, this one has Arabic.

    • Mark1884

      I agree. Would look better with Arabic numerals in place of markers.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I was sure i had seen this watch not that long ago on the blog but i couldn’t see it ,………..spooky. I really like it appart from the date window being far to big ( was it even needed in the first place ) . Blue/ mesh please.

  • Jonathan Smith

    I really like this watch and have liked CW for a long time. I think the watch placement is pretty interesting but they could certainly do better with another font style

  • Shinyitis

    The said font actually suits the minimalist dial, but it’s kinda hard to shake off its sterile museum watch shop look..


    I used to own the C9 Jump hour and was murdered on resale. I bought on look alone and liked the jumping hour concept. The case though was too big and too thick for a dress watch and the crystal distortion when viewing the time on the side was spectacularly huge. So no thanks one time sucker only.the grey dial w blue hands looks nice but good luck reading the time at a glance.

    • Atif Chaudhry

      Same here, bought it for $1,700 brand new being the noob that i was. First it was the price drop to $1,000 and then the seasonal sale that brought it down to $450 that killed the brand for me. Never again.

      • BNABOD

        yup for CHr Ward, CWard Christopher Ward the only way to buy is to wait for their clearance fire sale.

  • HectorAsuipe

    This is a nice look and would fit great in a collection of 20-25 watches. I would have to handle it in person to make a better judgement, like if it could serve as the dress watch or business casual piece in a 15-20 watch collection.
    How’s that for backhanded compliments?

  • IG

    They look nice but the rotors ruin them.

  • Ulysses31

    An elegant look, but with such a large indicator for the hour it ought to be dial-coloured, and then of course, there’s the CW logo problem. They don’t listen.

  • BobBob

    Uh, first since 2011? They’ve had several models between then.

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