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  • Writer's pictureReece Bithrey

Christopher Ward Unveils 'The Twelve' Watch


CW The Twelve in Titanium. Image Credit - Christopher Ward.

After a few days of cryptic teasers, British-Swiss watch brand Christopher Ward has unveiled their brand new watch, The Twelve, ahead of next week's Wind-Up Watch Fair in San Francisco.


Designed by Will Brackfield, the man behind several of CW's best-loved watches, The Twelve Comes with a dodecagonal bezel and a case back that features three different finish types. That's a first for CW, and another shining example of the brand bringing high-horology features at a more affordable price point. We saw it with the Bel Canto and its chiming complication for $3595 in November 2022, and less than six months later, the brand has pulled the rabbit out of the hat again here.


The Twelve also comes with an integrated bracelet, complete with screw links and a hidden butterfly clasp. It's available in either steel or titanium, which makes it an excellent-looking sports watch suitable for everything from dress to casual wear. There is also 100m water resistance thanks to its screw-down crown. The link height and length at 2.5mm and 6mm respectively help to make The Twelve an especially comfortable timepiece. With this in mind, it is also possible to get The Twelve on a rubber strap, if you'd prefer. Moreover, the rubber strap is available in Black, Dark Blue, and Light Blue. As for dimensions, both the steel and titanium versions have a diameter of 40mm and carry a lug-to-lug of 44.5mm, while the Ti version is 1mm slimmer than the steel - their heights are 9.95mm (steel) and 8.95mm (titanium) respectively.

CW The Twelve in Titanium on the rubber strap. Image Credit - Christopher Ward.

The star of the show though, is the watch's gorgeous textured dial that finds inspiration in some of the greatest integrated bracelet watches of the last five decades, without skipping out on CW's own innovative and eye-catching designs. There are a total of six colours available, with four available in the steel and two exclusive to the titanium model. In the steel, The Twelve is available in a light Glacier Blue and a darker Nordic Blue, as well as Basalt Grey, and Arctic White. By contrast, the Ti model is available in a choice of fume colours - either Astral Blue or Nebula Purple.


As for mechanics, the steel model of the Twelve is fitted with a 26-jewel Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement, which features a 38-hour power reserve and a tolerance of -20/+20 seconds per day. The titanium model comes with a 25-jewel Sellita SW300-1 COSC automatic movement complete with a 56-hour power reserve and a tolerance of -4/+6 seconds per day.


As for pricing, in steel, The Twelve retails for £850/$995/€1,095 on a rubber strap and for £1,050/$1,225/€1,350 on a bracelet. The titanium models are a little more expensive at £1,225/$1,450/€1,595 on a rubber strap and for £1,595/$1,895/€2,075 on a bracelet.

 

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