When news of this new version of Christopher Ward’s C9 Jumping Hour Mark II dropped into my mail box, I opened up the mail and instantly disliked this watch. I just did not like the mix of stainless steel case and gold bezel and I could not believe the price hike of £600 pounds from the all stainless version.
However, after spending time reading the discussions about the watch on the Christopher Ward forum and hastily posting up my negativity towards this watch, I began to have a change of heart about the watch and I bagan to really rather like it. I feel like Jeremy Clarkson reviewing a car, sending the viewer down one path and then twisting in the opposite direction at the last minute to either applaud or dismiss the car. Typically he did this with the new Jaguar recently. He loved it, he adored it, everything was good and then at the last knockings he dismissed the car due to its frankly terrible twitchy suspension. I suspect his age and height are giving him a bad back which means his reviews differ now to how they would have been twenty years ago!
Back to the Jumping Hour. First, I could not see why it was £600 more but in my haste to anger about this I did not grasp that it is solid gold and not a rose gold plating that we usually see at this price range. As soon as I realised this I understood why it was not all gold and why the price hike was so great. Secondly, I began to appreciate the unusualness of the fusion of metals and in my mind I reconciled this with the styling of the watch – an unusual look for an unusual watch – i got it and I liked it. I have done this complete change around before. Me and Lady Peanut drive a MINI Coupé. When I saw the concept I loved it but when I first saw it in the flesh at its launch I was so disappointed and really did not like it but now we in fact own one and absolutely love its styling.
So take a long look at this watch before you decide. It really is a fantastic Jumping hour at a great price and with solid gold trimming. I have a few solid gold watches from the 1960s but the movements are a bit run of the mill. This in contrast, is a marriage of a unique movement, good enough to satisfy the train engineer in all of us, with a beautiful clean style, all elevated a notch by the addition of a talking point rose gold bezel and baton detailing.
Yes it really does get the thumbs up here at Beastie Folly. Below is a reproduction of Christopher Ward’s technical details for the watch and the promotional text from the e-mail.
16 August 2013
Christopher Ward’s Mark I version of the C9 Harrison Jumping Hour watch was a finalist in the ‘00/24 Watch World European Watch of The Year Awards 2012’ and the extraordinary JJ01 complication, created by Master Watchmaker Johannes Jahnke, has deservedly been acclaimed by many experts since its arrival in 2011. Now, the German genius has taken this beautiful watch a golden step further.
For the Jumping Hour Mark II, Johannes further refined his ingenious adaptation of ETA’s 2824-2 movement to produce what, in his own words, is ‘probably the most precise jumping hour movement the world has yet seen’, and a true collectors’ piece – and it is now available in a special Limited Edition with an 18ct solid rose-gold bezel.
Witnessing the Mark II’s remarkably smooth transition of the hours and the perfect alignment of minute hand and hour dial is a delight and glorious affirmation of devotion to continuous improvement. Additionally, the adoption of the case and dial aesthetic that was introduced for Christopher Ward’s highly acclaimed C900 Single Pusher Chronograph gives the C9 Jumping Hour Mark II a crisp and subtle design. Definitely for the purist.
“For our first use of solid gold we knew we had to go with rose gold,” says the company’s co-founder Chris Ward. “Rose has now become the dominant gold colour in virtually all the major markets, including the UK, and works beautifully with the classically elegant style of the C9 Jumping Hour Mark II.”
Each of the Limited Edition 250 pieces of this special rose gold version of the C9 Jumping Hour Mark II will be assembled at Christopher Ward’s own workshops in Biel, Switzerland, by Johannes and his team and will arrive with a letter of authenticity signed by the man himself.
The rare and simple beauty of the highly acclaimed C9 Jumping Hour Mk II has captured the imagination of watch aficionados across the world since its launch last year and the subtle tones of rose gold further accentuate the beauty of the watch. This first use of solid gold by Christopher Ward adds a precious element of real inherent value of itself and is complemented beautifully by an ethically-sourced Louisiana alligator strap, in black or tan, as standard.
The rose-gold edition of the C9 Jumping Hour Mk II is available to pre-order now for delivery in September in a limited edition of only 250 pieces.
• 18 ct solid Rose Gold bezel
• Bespoke ETA 2824-2 Jumping Hour automatic modification by Johannes Jahnke
• 38 hour power reserve
• Worldwide limited edition of 250 pieces
• Personally assembled by Master Watchmaker Johannes Jahnke and his team
• Hand-finished, surgical grade, stainless steel case and crown
• Optic white one-piece metal dial
• Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
• Screw-down transparent case back with anti-reflective mineral crystal
• Individually engraved limited edition serial number
• CITES certified, premium grade, Louisiana alligator strap with Bader deployment
• Personalised authenticity certificate signed by Johannes Jahnke
• Luxury presentation case and owner’s handbook
• Diameter: 43mm
• Height 13mm
• Calibre: JJ001 Jumping Hour modification of ETA 2824 automatic movement
• Case:18ct Solid Rose Gold bezel with 316L stainless steel
• Water Resistance: 5atm /50 metres
• Strap: CITES certified, premium grade, Louisiana alligator deployment
• Dial: Optic white