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Christopher Ward C3 MKII Chronograph – Watch Collection No 22

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When designing this watch Christopher Ward were inspired by the dashboards of vintage Aston Martin dashboards which they saw at the Gaydon Heritage Museum. The salient features of the Mk11 version which I have added to my watch collection, are a slightly bigger 39mm case and a single piece optic white dial, resulting in a wonderfully uncluttered and simple  chronograph dial. This has been on my wish list for way too long, so when a nearly new one came on sale on the Christopher Ward web site for a bargain £150 I could not resist. In fact only the week before I bidded for one on Ebay which actually went for £190! I am delighted to have this beautiful, elegant quintessentially British watch in my collection.

Features
  1. Swiss made
  2. Quartz chronograph movement
  3. 1/10th second split timing function
  4. Surgical grade stainless steel case
  5. Unique engraved serial number
  6. Screw-in crown and back plate
  7. Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  8. SuperLuminova hands and indexes
  9. Galvanic sun-ray effect one-piece dial
  10. Embossed alligator pattern Italian leather strap with CW motif clasp
Technical
  1. Diameter: 39mm
  2. Height: 10.2mm
  3. Calibre: Ronda 5040.D
  4. Case:316L stainless steel
  5. Water Resistance: 5 ATM / 50 metres
  6. Strap: 18mm black leather
  7. Dial Colour: Optic white
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Breitling Reworks The Colt

Courtesy of Breitling. Breitling has redesigned the entire Colt collection while reviving its original spirit: that of a military watch combining peerless performance with an efficient and understated style.

Colt was born in the 1980s and initially intended for the armed forces – like other Breitling watches such as the Navitimer and the Chronomat – before winning over a broad audience through its sturdiness, its reliability and its readability. It has since established itself as the most accessible Breitling model. The newly revamped Colt features a design that reinterprets all the essential assets on which it has built its success. The broad unidirectional rotating bezel with a satin-brushed finish and engraved hour-markers is adorned with four rider tabs – a Breitling signature feature – ensuring excellent handling as well as enhanced protection of the sapphire crystal which is glareproofed on both sides. The polished steel case, water-resistant to 200 meters (660 ft), is equipped with a large screw-locked crown with protective reinforcements. The black, blue or silver dials are enlivened by a fine circular raised motif and their readability is enhanced by oversized hands and hour-markers, accentuated by a luminescent coating. The satin-brushed steel bracelet may be replaced by a rubber or leather strap. The new Colt comes in a range of four models: a 44 mm watch with a mechanical selfwinding movement certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) – the highest official benchmark in terms of reliability and precision; a watch and chronograph equipped with SuperQuartz™ movements, ten times more accurate than standard quartz; and a Lady watch with a smaller diameter and an optionally gemset bezel. All of which brings fresh momentum to this collection with a youthful, dynamic and winsome attitude.


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Autodromo’s Latest Offering – The Stradale

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Here at Beastie Folly we are still hankering after Autodromo’s last watch the Prototipo and now they have brought this to market. I am torn between the blue strapped grey dial or the brown strapped cream dial. What I do know though is that I want one. As a car lover I feel I should give this brand a go and also I do not have any watches powered by this Japanese movement and I rather like the idea of having one in my collection. So there you are not the most rational of reasons / excuses for getting one but let’s be honest is any watch purchase in this wortld of smart phones especially rational? Of course not let’s talk honestly we buy watches because we want to and there is nothing wrong with that. By the way lest you have not guessed, I want this watch!

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Here is Autodromo’s persuasive  blurb on this latest watch of theirs. Works for me.

In the era of Gran Turismo, each journey was a unique adventure on winding roads and narrow mountain passes, accompanied by the sound of a mighty engine up front and a whiff of petrol and leather. Stradale, meaning “road going” in Italian, conjures memories of that special time when the gentleman driver blurred the distinction between a road car and a race car.

The Autodromo Stradale draws inspiration from dashboard instruments from Italian sports berlinettas of the late 1950s and early 1960s, featuring a fascinating multi-layered dial. Beneath the domed sapphire crystal, the hour indexes are applied to a transparent glass ring, which floats over the colored dial below for a 3-dimensional effect. The custom designed leather strap makes reference to the luxurious interiors of the time.  This timepiece is powered by a 24 jewel Japan-Made automatic movement, beautifully finished and displayed behind a sapphire exhibition caseback. As with all of Autodromo watches, the Stradale arrives in beautifully conceived packaging evoking the idea of a road trip in Northern Italy circa 1960, complete with vintage-inspired map hand stamped with your purchased date.

Available in 3 colors:

Black dial with burgundy strap

Cream dial with brown strap

Gray dial with blue strap

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Specifications

  • Miyota 9015 automatic 24 jewel mechanical movement
  • Calendar complication and hacking
  • Sapphire crystals, front and rear
  • Stainless steel case
  • Water resistant to 50 Meters (5 ATM)
  • Genuine leather strap
  • Case diameter 40mm
  • Case thickness 10.8mm
  • Strap width 18mm at lugs
  • Internal K1 glass ring with number indexes

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The Watch Wall of Want – August 2014

Each month I will post a top ten of the watches on my want list. It is a very personal list and generally will be of watches that I can actually aspire too. It is not a list I intend to tick off as life isn’t that kind and in truth it has been a long while now since I actually bought a watch, but if funds came available it would be something off this list. Each month the list will change slightly as desires and wants change, or as watches become unavailable and so on. So here is my list for August, with photos following.

1. Breitling Aerospace Evo – Grey edition.

2. Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase – blue edition.

3. Chopard Monaco Historique MF Time Attack.

4. Christopher Ward C70 – D Type

5. Junkers Bauhaus Power Reserve Automatic.

6. Hamilton Pan Europ three Hander

7. Autodromo Prototipo – orange and silver edition.

8. Chopard Monaco Historique 2014 Edition Chronograph.

9. Christopher Ward C3 Chronograph – optic white edition.

10. Rolex Milgauss Blue Face.

Now, have fun thinking what your top ten would be!


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Christopher Ward Releases The C70 – D Type

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Christopher Ward has released some new C70 Watches. The D – Type Chronograph featured here  from £499 and the C70 3527 GT Chronometer – Limited Edition at £2150 This is expensive basically because it is a COSC chronometer and it has a piece of an Old Ferrari tucked behind some sapphire crystal glass on the back of the watch. Lovely we say, but not for us.. Check it out though at Christopherward.co.uk. This one though has caught our eye here at Beastie Folly and I could resist no more, so the order has gone in for one.  So that’s it, our review is simple – we liked it so much we bought one.

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Photographs and text below, courtesy of Christopher Ward.
Sir William Lyons of the Jaguar Car Company designed the sleek and finely streamlined D-Type entirely with Le Mans in mind, and from 1955 to 1957 he was rewarded with an historic hat-trick of victories there.

It was under the illustrious Flag Metallic Blue livery of Scotland’s Ecurie Ecosse team, however, that secured the most famous victory for the car when, driven by Britons Ron Flockhart and Ivor Bueb, chassis number XKD 606 stormed the race, ahead of another four D-Types in the top six places.

The C70 D-Type chronograph, powered by an ETA 251.272, 22 jewel quartz movement and dressed resplendently in the Ecurie Escosse team’s colours, carries the winning car’s chassis number in the tachymeter and the car’s registration on the side of the case. However, it is the attention to detail of the dial, where the D-Type’s various instruments are captured in the chrono eyes and the radiator grille has been faithfully reproduced, that best capture the spirit of this most famous of Jaguar’s racing cars. Until you look at the reverse of the case that is, where the car’s signature centre-lock spinner has been faithfully reproduced in our own signature three-dimensional deep stamped execution. Limited to only 500 pieces worldwide, this tour de force of a watch celebrates Sir William’s masterpiece in style and is certain to become the latest collector’s item in our celebrated C70 Motorsport Series.

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Price
  1. £499 on rubber or Lether strap
  2. £550 on Steel bracelet
Features
  1. Swiss made
  2. Limited Edition of 500 pieces Worldwide
  3. 22 jewel Swiss quartz movement
  4. Chronograph with split minutes/seconds/1/10th seconds
  5. Marine-grade stainless steel case and screw-in crown
  6. Chassis number inscribed on internal tachymeter
  7. Number-plate engraved plate on case side
  8. Deep-stamped center-lock spinner feature on back-plate
  9. Convex sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
  10. Multi-layered precision dial featuring honeycomb grille and dashboard detail
  11. Stainless steel buckle
  12. Tachymeter bezel
  13. Fine, twin-stitched Italian leather strap
  14. Luxury presentation case and owner’s handbook
Technical
  1. Diameter: 42mm
  2. Height: 11.8mm
  3. Weight: 73g
  4. Calibre: ETA 251.272
  5. Case: 316L stainless steel
  6. Water resistance: 10ATM
  7. Strap: 22mm Italian leather


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Frederique Constant Runabout Chronograph

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Press Release

Acknowledging Greatness: Frederique Constant Introduces the 2014 Runabout Chronograph Automatic Collection

Passion comes in many forms. Mr. Carlo Riva exhibited his passion through the design of the sleek, wooden power boats that graced the planet’s finest lakes from 1950. In 1998, the Riva Historical Society was founded with the aim of locating and aiding in the conservation and restoration of the magnificent Riva boats.

This year again, Frederique Constant is delighted to announce their continuing partnership with the Riva Historical Society. As a salute to the iconic Riva water craft and the passion that spawned them, Frederique Constant introduces the 2014 limited edition Runabout Chronograph Automatic Collection.

The new range features two models. Only 2,888 of each will be produced. Both are powered by the ultra-precise FC-393 automatic chronograph movement, offering 28,800 beats per hour, 25 jewels and an appreciated 46-hour power reserve. Functions include hours, minutes, seconds, date and a mechanical chronograph. The date window is located at the 3 o’clock positon. If you want to wear your new Chronograph Automatic while you’re out on the waves, you can, this model is water resistant to 50 metres.

With a case diameter of 42mm, the dial is protected by a diamond-hard convex sapphire crystal, and both models feature the exceptionally popular see-through case back, allowing owners to view the internal workings of this mechanical marvel. As an acknowledgement of the work they do and the passion with which they do it, the Riva Historical Society flag is etched into the case back glass.

The FC-393RM5B4 comes with a striking rose gold plated case, with a wonderfully contrasting silver dial featuring a guilloche decoration in the centre. The hour and minute hands are luminous white. The Arabic numerals are finished in rose gold and hand-applied. A luxurious crococalf leather strap in dark brown with a folding buckle completes the stylish and timeless look of this model.

The FC-393RM5B6 is the next in the new range. It features a gleaming, hand polished stainless steel case. The lustrous silver dial has the guilloche decoration at the centre, while the hand-applied indexes are pearl black Arabic numerals. This model is presented with a deep blue crococalf strap with white stitching and a folding buckle. The combination of colours, textures and styles all combine to give an appearance that is unquestionably modern yet undeniably timeless.

Each of the new Runabout Chronograph Automatics will be delivered in a specially designed gift box, complete with a delightful miniature replica of a wooden Runabout.

Given the company’s own slogan, “Live your passion,” Frederique Constant admires and respects the driving force behind the Riva Historical Society. The new Runabout Chronograph Automatic Collection is a salute to creative passion in all its forms, in the past, the present and in the years still to come.

 

For more information on the new Runabout Collection, please visit our website, www.frederique-constant.com, or contact us directly. You can email Mrs. Yasmina Pedrini at pedrini@frederique-constant.com.

 

Live your passion

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TECHNICAL INFORMATION

NEW Runabout Chronograph Automatic

Reference FC-393RM5B4

Limited edition of 2888 pieces, delivered in a special gift box with a Runabout boat miniature

Movement FC-393 Automatic chronograph movement, 28’800 Bph, 25 jewels, 46h power reserve

Hours, minutes, seconds, date, mechanical chronograph

Case Rose gold plated, diameter of 42 mm

Convex sapphire crystal, see-through case back

Riva Historical Society flag on case back glass

Water-resistant to 5 ATM

Dial Silvered dial, guilloché decoration in the center

Applied rose gold plated Arabic numerals

Hour and Minute hands with luminous

Date at 3 o’clock

Strap Brown crococalf strap with folding buckle

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

NEW Runabout Chronograph Automatic

 

Reference FC-393RM5B6

Limited edition of 2888 pieces, delivered in a special gift box with a Runabout boat miniature

Movement FC-393 Automatic chronograph movement, 28’800 Bph, 25 jewels, 46h power reserve

Hours, minutes, seconds, date, mechanical chronograph

Case Stainless steel, diameter of 42 mm

Convex sapphire crystal, see-through case back

Riva Historical Society flag on case back glass

Water-resistant to 5 ATM

Dial Silvered dial, guilloché decoration in the center

Applied Pearl Black Arabic numerals

Hour and Minute hands with luminous

Date at 3 o’clock

Strap Blue crococalf strap with folding buckle

 

Beastie Folly Verdict : Beautiful 5 Stars