Introducing: The New Christopher Ward Dragonfly Blue C63 Sealander GMT And Mulberry Red Automatic 36mm
The Christopher Ward C63 Sealander collection was a game changer for small-wristed people. With case diameters not exceeding 40mm, the brand offers a wide range of complications, colors, and styles. From everyday automatic models to GMTs and chronometer-certified badass field watches. I reviewed a few Sealanders over the past two years and liked them all. In good Christopher Ward fashion, the brand just announced two additions to the ever-expanding Sealander family: the 36mm Automatic Mulberry Red and 39mm GMT Dragonfly Blue. And the icing on the cake: a brand new bracelet called the Consort (more on that at the end of the article.)
The Base Models for The Two Additions
The two new Christopher Ward models are based on two core chassis of the C63 Sealander collection: the 36mm Automatic and 39mm GMT. The former is an every day, nimble, and elegant sport watch with dimensions clocking in at 36 × 42.87 × 10.75 mm. It is powered by a Sellita SW200-1 caliber which ticks at 28,800 BPH (4Hz) and comes with 38 hours of power reserve. The latter, the GMT, is an elegant traveler’s watch with dimensions of 39 × 45.8 × 11.85 mm. It is powered by a Sellita SW330-2 ticking at 28,800 BPH (4Hz) with 56 hours of power reserve. Both models come with what can now be described as Christopher Ward’s signature quality of manufacturing and finish. And I would add, for a reasonable amount of cash.
The C63 Sealander Automatic Mulberry Red
Although it is not the first colorful 36mm Sealander, the Mulberry Red is perhaps the most visually striking. Confession time: I had to Google what a Mulberry is, and now the model’s name makes total sense. Mulberries are, well, small berries whose color ranges from deep red to black. Christopher Ward opted for the former, which looks great combined with a sunray finish. It looks as if the sun is reverberating this little fruit’s unique hues and tones. Set against hands and applied markers filled with white lume (during the day,) the dial is legible and remains so at night. (When the BGW9 glows blue). What is a little different here for Christopher Ward is that the brand did not match the color of the date disc to that of the dial.
The C63 Sealander GMT Dragonfly Blue
This one carries its name well too. And it is pretty amazing that the brand perfectly matched the iridescence of the insect’s blue color this model is named after. (I encourage you to Google Dragonflies as I did.) The C63 GMT also received a sunray finish—the essential design choice here—and color-matched the date disc to the dial. This particular shade of blue contrasts nicely with the hands and applied markers, as is the case with the 36mm Automatic Mulberry Red. A zoological tidbit for you: Dragonflies are the longest flyers in the world. These tiny insects can cover up to 11,000 miles (almost 18,000 kilometers) in distance over their life-span. Why am I telling you about all of this? Well, isn’t the color and name of this GMT the perfect analogy for its intended purpose? You know, traveling long distances…
The Icing on the Cake: The Consort Bracelet
It has been a while since we’ve seen a new Christopher Ward bracelet design. Most sports models from the British brand feature a three-link bracelet that was upgraded last year. (Better finish, screws instead of pins, and a more dramatic taper.) The Consort is new for Christopher Ward, although it takes cues from iconic bracelets which preceded it. It looks more like a Jubilee bracelet on steroids than anything else, despite having a butterfly clasp. Its five-link construction ensures wearing comfort all day, and the alternation of brushed and polished surfaces gives it an air of elegant versatility.
Finally, it’s time to wrap things up on these two new Christopher Ward watches. Both models will be available directly from the brand’s website starting today, Tuesday, August 1, at 3 pm BST (4 pm CET.) The price for the 36mm Automatic Mulberry Red starts at €890 on a strap and will set you back €1,090 on the Consort bracelet. The Dragonfly Blue starts at £905 | $1,090 | €1,165 on a strap and goes for €1,365 on the bracelet. These two models are regular production models, and not limited.
What do you think of these two new colorways for the Sealander line? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.