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Very Frederique Constant in our eyes, but none the worse for that as Christopher Ward continues to flirt with elegance. We bet we know what the CW Moonphase will remind us of! Here is their take on this rather attractive new piece.

As the company celebrates its 10th anniversary year, Christopher Ward has gone ‘back to the future’ to create a stunning new watch — the C5 Malvern Slimline – inspired by the first ever Christopher Ward model, the now legendary C5 Malvern Automatic.

Over the years, the revered original has provoked a series of requests from Malvern owners for a sleek contemporary version of their favourite watch. The Malvern MK I made waves at its launch with the watch-buying cognoscenti never having previously witnessed such quality and style at so accessible a price, marking an extraordinary new presence in the luxury watch market with an unprecedented blend of design, quality and value.

The stylish new C5 Malvern Slimline, as well as embodying the established Christopher Ward values, is set to stir the emotions of watch lovers who will recognise not only the quality of the componentry but also the architectural excellence of its form.

The case not only superbly houses the compact, hand-wound ETA 2801 mechanical movement but also actually accentuates its slimness with beautifully subtle lines. The resulting wrist watch, at 40mm, is 2mm wider than that pioneering first automatic, has wider lugs (20mm) and, importantly, its height is 2.10mm lower at only 8.70mm. But most of all, it is a simply gorgeous piece to wear and behold.

The three colour options range from a classic Optic White one-piece dial to the mesmerisingly beautiful tones of the Charcoal and Blue versions with galvanic sun-ray effect one-piece dials.

The fineness of the elongated indexes and hands add to the overall impressiveness of a watch which, as well as being a fitting way to celebrate Christopher Ward’s first decade, makes a confident nod towards an even more exciting future.



  • Swiss made
  • Hand-wound mechanical movement
  • 38 hour power reserve
  • Hand-finished 316L stainless steel case
  • Unique engraved serial number
  • Transparent case back
  • Screw-in back plate
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • One-piece dial (3 versions)
  • Italian embossed alligator pattern leather strap with engraved buckle


  • Diameter: 40mm
  • Height: 8.70mm
  • Calibre: ETA 2801-2
  • Vibrations: 28,800 vph
  • Case: 316L Stainless steel
  • Water Resistance: 30 metres
  • Strap: 20mm (black leather or brown leather)
  • Dial Colour options: Optical White; Charcoal (galvanic sun-ray); Blue (galvanic sun-ray).



Author: ibeastie

Interested in Photography, Watches, Style and Cars


  1. As a Chris Ward admirer and owner of four of his watches i find this newie pretty boring. There are many dress watches out there and we certainly do not need another. what we do need is design innovation, don’t get to the Rolex stage where all of their stuff look’s the same and is ludicrously overpriced! By the way Adrian! why have you left Oris off the list? one of the oldest
    and good value for money companies in the watch world.

  2. Hi Barry. I rather like this watch but I take your point on innovation as this is very like the Frederique Constant offerings. I liked the original C70 range as I thought they were very different. No reason for not having Oris on my blog. I am not trying to cover all watches it is very biased to what comes to my attention. I am sure that now you have highlighted them I will be checking them out!

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