21st March 2013 by CW AskMen WATCH OF THE YEAR 2013 – VOTE C700 GRANDE RAPIDE AskMen, one of the largest online men’s magazines, have nominated the Christopher Ward C700 Grande Rapide in their Watch of The Year 2013 Awards. Their illustrious panel of watch aficionados and experts have selected ten watches in each of five categories and chosen the C700 in the “Beginners” category – watches which would make the perfect first foray into the world of fine, some would say, grown-up timepieces. They said, ‘The good news is that watches now represent such amazing value that you can find chronographs, diving watches, dress watches, mechanical movements, fashion pieces – anything you like – without worrying about what the brand name on the dial says about you and here in England our very own Christopher Ward is delivering unimaginable bargains’. Praise indeed, when you consider who’s passing comment. The expert panel comprises: Ken Kessler, well known and highly respected watch journalist for titles such as QP, Wall St. Journal, FT and GQ. Robert Jan-Boer, owner of Fratellowatches.com – a popular blog devoted to the finest timepieces in the world. Benjamin Clymer – founder and Executive Editor of Hodinkee Frank Geeler – an expert on independent haute horologerie and founder of the popular blog, Monochrome “The Watch Snob” – AskMen’s very own watch equivalent of The Stig The panel’s citation for the C700 Grande Rapide reads: “A handsome British chronograph with a Swiss made Sellita SW500 Automatic movement at this price? What a gift!” We really couldn’t have put it better ourselves, though both watch and movement are, in fact, entirely Swiss made. That our C700, a motorsport-inspired automatic chronograph has been chosen alongside pieces such as Hamilton’s Intra-Matic automatic, Victorinox’s Infantry Large and the Field Automatic 1800 by Luminox makes us immensely proud. And because the shortlist of watches has been drawn up by such an respected group of experts, we are confident that Christopher Ward is equal to some of the most celebrated watch brands in terms of innovation, design and craftsmanship. However, the final awards are not chosen by the experts but by watch lovers like you. Which is great because at Christopher Ward we never stop listening to what our customers think about what we are trying to achieve. So, please complete the survey at AskMen – it’s a riveting read, by the way – because we feel that the technical sophistication of our watches, not to mention our famous customer service means we can compete with the very best. Let us know if you agree. Or better still vote for the C700 Grande Rapide… …because everyone likes to get one over the big boys!