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The Twelve is Christopher Ward’s First Sports Luxe Watch

Christopher Ward The Twelve (Ti)

When you think of Christopher Ward, it’s likely that your first thought will be of incredible value for money and a fleet of dive watches in numerous styles and designs. Now though, they’re bucking the tool watch trend in favour of their first sports luxe model called The Twelve.

Don’t worry though, while their inspirations are the rather expensive Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, Girard Perregaux Laureato and Patek Philippe Nautilus, they’ve stuck to their signature accessibility.

Christopher Ward The Twelve (Ti)

The Twelve features a 40mm case in either stainless steel or titanium with a sweeping tonneau shape and 12-sided bezel. It pays clear homage to the octagonal bezel of the Royal Oak although the overall shape reminds me more strongly of the Zenith Defy Skyline as that watch also has a dodecagonal bezel. Naturally, to complete the sports luxe appearance it has an integrated steel bracelet, although a rubber alternative is available too.

Christopher Ward The Twelve

Moving on to the dial, that too features a Genta-esque design, by which I mean that it has an intricate texture of repeating geometric shapes. This is quite possibly one of the most complex textured patterns I’ve seen on a watch, inspired by Christopher Ward’s own twin flags logo. If you look really closely you can see that it’s made up of tiny, interlocking, ramped cross shapes – the world’s gnarliest skate park for ants.

Christopher Ward The Twelve (Ti)

In terms of colour, there are a few to choose from although they are restricted to either the steel or titanium versions of the watch. The steel edition has dials in blue, white, grey or light blue and the titanium has fumé blue or fumé purple. I actually prefer the flat colours of the steel versions because the dial is already so complex, the gradients take it too far.

Christopher Ward The Twelve Caseback

Beneath the surface are two different movements, again it’s one for the steel and one for the titanium. In the steel model we have the Sellita SW200-1 with a 38-hour power reserve and deviation of +/-20 seconds per day. The Twelve (Ti) has the Sellita SW300-1, a COSC chronometer calibre with a much improved 56-hour power reserve and +6/-4 seconds per day accuracy. While I prefer the look of the steel, the calibres alone might be enough to get me to favour the titanium.

Christopher Ward The Twelve
Christopher Ward The Twelve (Ti)

Lastly, we come to pricing and that signature accessibility I’ve been talking about. The Christopher Ward The Twelve in steel is £850 on a rubber strap or £1,050 on the bracelet while the The Twelve (Ti) in titanium is £1,225 or £1,595. That’s frankly ludicrous value.

For Christopher Ward’s first sports luxe outing I think this is a really strong launch. I don’t think it’s perfect because the dial’s pattern is a little too complicated for my tastes and I’d like a few more colour options in titanium, but in the grand scheme of things those are only small criticisms. Plus, this Christopher Ward we’re talking about, they probably have another dozen variants in the works already.

Price & Specs:

  • Model: Christopher Ward The Twelve and The Twelve (Ti) Chronometer
  • Case/dial: 40mm diameter x 9.95mm thickness, stainless steel case with Glacier Blue, Nordic Blue, Basalt Grey or Arctic White textured dial (The Twelve) or titanium case with Astral Blue or Nebula Purple textured dial (The Twelve (Ti))
  • Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
  • Movement: Sellita calibre SW200-1, automatic (The Twelve)
    Sellita calibre SW300-1, automatic, COSC-certified (The Twelve (Ti))
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
  • Power reserve: 38h (The Twelve)
    56h (The Twelve (Ti))
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
  • Strap: Rubber or stainless steel bracelet
  • Price/availability: £850 (rubber strap) or £1,050 (steel bracelet) (The Twelve)
    £1,225 (rubber strap) or £1,595 (steel bracelet) (The Twelve (Ti))

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.