The Cherwell is designed as a dress watch with a contemporary feel, and we use several elements to achieve it. The dial is made up of two layers, combining to offer a simple yet elegant way of reading the time efficiently. The base layer holds the minute markers detailed by subtle squares that line the outer edge of the dial - a visual cue to a minute’s duration.
The sub-dial is sunken sharply and furnished with a stunning radial pattern that shimmers in the daylight - the sweeping second hand providing a visual acknowledgement that the watch is powered. The hour batons, polished or bead-blasted depending on the version, rise just that bit higher than the upper layer and stretch out into the void towards the perimeter. The hands, again polished or bead-blasted, reach out and visually touch their respective marker with clarity and purpose.
We believe the rear of a watch should be as spectacular as the front, so the Cherwell flaunts the oscillating balance wheel with a large glass aperture. Internal engraving on the crystal can be seen only at certain angles offering an intimate flourish. Surrounding this visual spectacle is an inverse engraving with the words of renowned British author, poet and scholar, C.S. Lewis - who along with fellow novelist J.R.R. Tolkien, were active in the informal Oxford literary group; the Inklings.
"The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour"