The MINI Watch
When the Christopher Ward C70 Monte Carlo first came out I wanted one immediately, quite simply it ticked all the right boxes for me. However, having already got two C70 watches, I could not justify a full price purchase even for a limited edition. However, as the watch comes to the end of its run a 30% off sale forced my hand and the watch has been added to the collection.
The Monte Carlo Rally is a big deal in Beastie Folly. First we love MINIs and secondly we holiday every year in the South of France. In 2004 we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Mini winning the Rally in 1964 by taking CooperBeast our BMW MINI Cooper to Monte Carlo to drive one of the legs of The Rally. We left St Tropez in 20 degress and lovely sunshine and parked in the snow at Col de Turini for lunch! Great, great fun.
In 2006 we were there again with our friends RVW and Storm to drive the rally route again, this time in CheckBeast our BMW Mini Cooper S JCW and again the fun was incalculable.
The connection that Mini has with the rally is well known and we have documented it here. It is this association that almost guaranteed that this watch would end up in our collection. We love MINI, we love the Monte Carlo Rally and well let’s face it this is my sixth Christopher Ward watch so there is lots of love there too.
Recently, we went to the Le Mans 24 hour Classic event and we were smitten by the Renault Alpines on show. This one caught our eye as it nodded its respect to the 1973 Renault Alpine Monte Carlo winner driven by Jean-Claude Andruet . Returning from this event and finding the C70 Monte Carlo on sale, was just too much to resist!
The watch itself is a joy to behold. it is more understated than the rest of the C70 series, as if it has grown up. This gives it a broader appeal, it is less in your face, less offensive than say the garish C70 IT which I have in glorious rossa. If it was a car then it would be a Mercedes Benz in silver. Like the car it is designed with one eye on the resale value, cometh the day that the collector decides to move it on. I can however, cope with its maturity and forgive it, its nod to middle class conservatism, because it achieves that while still kicking back to its teenage rebel days – the red stitched matt finished strap for example, is very racy. The chronograph function is very neat on this model as there is a full circle of markers on the watch face on this design, which allows accurate reading whenever the chronograph is stopped. This is not the case with the more rebellious rest of the C70 range!
In conclusion, a sexy looking, grown up C70 which pays respect to the marvel that is the Monte Carlo Rally. Yep it’s a winner!
Specs and description below courtesy of Christopher Ward.
Long distances, glamorous locations and, of course, fast cars rallying is one of the inspirations for Christopher Wards motor sport inspired collections, and the Monte-Carlo Rally epitomises that inspiration. Marking the 100th anniversary of the Monte-Carlo Rally and forming part of the Grand Prix range, the C70 Monte-Carlo has its own distinctive look, featuring the colours and icons of the Principality of Monaco. This superbly executed timepiece features all the chronograph functions associated with motor racing and is powered by the superb ETA movement. The C70MC is limited to 500 pieces worldwide.
- Worldwide limited edition of only 500 pieces
- Swiss made
- 22 jewel Swiss thermo compensated quartz movement
- Convex Anti-reflective sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
- Principality crest on reverse and chequered dial
- Adjustable quick-release butterfly clasp
- Screw-in crown
- Chronographic dials with split minutes / seconds /1/10 seconds
- Tachymeter bezel
- Deluxe box upgrade
- Water resistance 10 atm
- Spanish ‘Toro Bravo’ Italian leather strap
- Unique engraved individual serial number
- Beautiful presentation case and owner’s handbook
- Diameter: 42mm
- Height: 10.7mm
- Weight: 88g
- Calibre: ETA 251.272
- Vibrations: n/a