A Lasting Legacy - Important News from Christopher Ward

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Re: A Lasting Legacy - Important News from Christopher Ward

Post by atnits » Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:19 am

A sad announcement.

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Post by bspj » Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:08 am

I wish Chris and Wera all the very best for the future.
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Post by Tony Rama » Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:46 am

I wonder if it was Chris's idea to leave. One would have thought that if it was, he would have made the announcement, since he was the co-founder. But he just disappeared off the radar.

A very nice guy. When I was thinking of buying a C6 T3 in a sale (which I did), I called CW and he personally answered the phone and we chatted about a few non-watch subjects as well. I lived in Liverpool from 1989-1999.

Anyway, all the best Chris. I hope you continue with your watch profession.

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Post by StrappedUp » Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:36 am

Interesting development and surprised that we've heard no words from the big man himself.

Anyhow, I would also like to wish Chris the very best for whatever he chooses to do going forward.

Thank you Sir :thumbup:
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Post by albionphoto » Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:47 pm

Best wishes to Chris and Wera.
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Re: A Lasting Legacy - Important News from Christopher Ward

Post by Devarika Woulf » Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:54 pm

When I first got into CW watches I thought, like many others, that Chris Ward himself ran the company. Even after learning he was one of three, I thought of him as the spokesman of sorts for the brand. Many times dealing with the head of customer service, his wife, aided that thought. This is the "folder" photo I use for my CW pictures:

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I only spoke to him once when I suggested a few designs through email. Of course he was nice. But with both Wera and now Chris gone, it is truly the end of an era. That's just adding to the huge amount of changes over the years. From logos to mergers to advanced designs. You just have to compare the original Malverns to the newest Tridents to see where the company is currently at opposed to back then. With Mike and Peter now running things hopefully that philosophy of great affordable watches doesn't disappear anytime soon.

I also hope they keep the name as I can't see any situation where changing it has a positive effect. Actually, I think it'd be quite negative and hurtful to the brand long-term; more so than any logo change. Moreover, Christopher Ward evokes a James Bond classiness... Peter Ellis doesn't have quite the same ring to it. :wink:

Au revoir, Chris!

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Re: A Lasting Legacy - Important News from Christopher Ward

Post by zonnicso » Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:24 am

Sad announcement, wish them all the best. Guess we'll get a new logo by the end of the year ;)

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A Lasting Legacy - Important News from Christopher Ward

Post by gaf1958 » Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:08 am

The wonderful Wera left the company a few years ago and despite the loss of our favourite CW miracle worker, the company soldiered on. There were some hiccups along the way, but by and large it worked.

Chris is now following suit, perhaps to spend more time with his wife, perhaps to try his hand at something else. I suspect the company will, once again, soldier on. Maybe we’re in for some interesting times.

As to logo changes, I suspect there may be no changes in the wind; wasn’t Mike France one of the main proponents behind the current logo?

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Re: A Lasting Legacy - Important News from Christopher Ward

Post by DavecUK » Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:12 pm

gaf1958 wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:08 am
As to logo changes, I suspect there may be no changes in the wind; wasn’t Mike France one of the main proponents behind the current logo?
I expect Mike felt MF might not look good on the watch face. I think with new money injected that a company name change is inevitable once the existing stock has mostly worked it's way through the system. Wouldn't surprise me if they are working on the new watch faces and branding at the moment.

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Re: A Lasting Legacy - Important News from Christopher Ward

Post by downer » Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:35 pm

DavecUK wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:12 pm
I think with new money injected that a company name change is inevitable once the existing stock has mostly worked it's way through the system. Wouldn't surprise me if they are working on the new watch faces and branding at the moment.
Is this based on anything other than assumption?

There are any number of brands named after a founder who is no longer involved, and I see Chris' involvement and the brand name as two entirely separate things.

I wish Chris and Wera well in their next chapter.
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Re: A Lasting Legacy - Important News from Christopher Ward

Post by DavecUK » Sun Jan 05, 2020 8:17 pm

downer wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:35 pm
Is this based on anything other than assumption?
No, why would you think otherwise?

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Post by Thegreyman » Sun Jan 05, 2020 8:52 pm

DavecUK wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:12 pm

I expect Mike felt MF might not look good on the watch face. I think with new money injected that a company name change is inevitable once the existing stock has mostly worked it's way through the system. Wouldn't surprise me if they are working on the new watch faces and branding at the moment.
I would be utterly astounded if that happened. After all the time and money to build the brand, why would anyone do that.

I remember the Royal Mail rebranded as Consignia. That didn’t last long.
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Re: A Lasting Legacy - Important News from Christopher Ward

Post by MarkingTime » Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:28 pm

Thegreyman wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 8:52 pm
DavecUK wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:12 pm

I expect Mike felt MF might not look good on the watch face. I think with new money injected that a company name change is inevitable once the existing stock has mostly worked it's way through the system. Wouldn't surprise me if they are working on the new watch faces and branding at the moment.
I would be utterly astounded if that happened. After all the time and money to build the brand, why would anyone do that.
Whilst I would tend to agree, we've already seen two rebrands and several variations on the theme and that's with all of the original members at the helm.

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Re: A Lasting Legacy - Important News from Christopher Ward

Post by jtc » Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:48 pm

MarkingTime wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:28 pm
Thegreyman wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 8:52 pm
DavecUK wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:12 pm

I expect Mike felt MF might not look good on the watch face. I think with new money injected that a company name change is inevitable once the existing stock has mostly worked it's way through the system. Wouldn't surprise me if they are working on the new watch faces and branding at the moment.
I would be utterly astounded if that happened. After all the time and money to build the brand, why would anyone do that.
Whilst I would tend to agree, we've already seen two rebrands and several variations on the theme and that's with all of the original members at the helm.
Perhaps that was the problem (too many cooks/captains), and now there will be more cohesive planning...
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Re: A Lasting Legacy - Important News from Christopher Ward

Post by andrewht » Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:05 pm

I was fortunate to attend the Manchester GTG last year and met all 3 of the founders. Had a chat with Chris and was impressed with how down to earth, knowledgeable and passionate about the brand and LFC! I'm sure the brand will continue to develop and grow and wish him well for the future.

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