Christopher Ward's super-slim C5 Malvern 595 dress watch looks great especially when you know its price

Dressing for a night out just got easier

Christopher Ward's watches are always on point and usually look about 4 times more expensive than they really are. Now the British-designed, Swiss-made maestros of affordable premum launches its slimmest watch to date, the C5 Malvern 595. 

The Malvern line boasts 'quintessentially English design values', by which we don't mean it comes in a teak box, then falls apart after five minutes. With a depth of just 5.95mm (hence the name) and a 39mm polished 316L steel case, the 595 petite but still projects a certain masculinity. It's like a featherweight boxer. But a handsome one. 

Technical info

Diameter: 39mm

Height: 5.95mm (tolerance +0/-0.10)

Weight: 33g

Calibre: ETA 7001

Case: 316L Stainless Steel

Water Resistance: 3 ATM (30 metres)

Vibrations: 21,600 per hour (3 Hz)

Timing tolerance: +15/-15 seconds per day

Lug to lug: 45.8mm

Strap: 20mm

Straps: Oak leather: black, brown, camel

Bracelet: Milanese Mesh

The glass is anti-reflective flat sapphire crystal. The movement is the Swiss automatic ETA 7001, a 17-jewel mechanism with an incabloc shock protection system and 42-hour power reserve. 

Christopher Ward’s Co-Founder Mike France says, "It’s not often that we start using a new movement we’ve never tried before, but the closer we looked at this one, the more impressed we were. In particular, we loved how robust and stable it seemed.”

The dial is similarly stripped down, with no date, numerals or second hand; just Christopher Ward's recently modernised logo and hour markers.  The main detail is 'round the back, where a crystal exhibition caseback reveals the movement.

The face comes in a choice of pearly white or cool grey, with a sandblasted finish and printed indexes. The black hands are "polished with soft curves to create a monochromatic contrast into the dial". As you can see, the result is extremely easy to read. 

As a result of the smaller case size, the C5 Malvern 595 is being aimed at both men and women. Although we'd say it looks more blokey with a camel, brown or black leather strap, there is the option of that Milanese mesh bracelet which is arguably more fem-friendly.

Continuing the 595 theme, this version of the C5 Malvern is priced at just £595. That's a bargain, although the price does ramp to £680 if you want the Milanese loop bracelet.

Duncan has been writing about tech for almost 15 years and fitness ever since he became middle aged and realised he could no longer rely solely on his boyish good looks. He used to be on telly loads, but an unfortunate incident put a stop to that, so he now largely contents himself with telling people, "I used to be on the TV, you know."
Pre-lockdown Duncan was widely regarded as the best-dressed man ever to work for T3 – admittedly not saying much. Post-lockdown he is looking forward to wearing clothes other than shorts and hoodies again very soon, assuming he can still fit into them. He currently writes about cycling, fitness tech that isn’t too heavy, and all things kitchen and home related.