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C1000 Typhoon FGR4 Ceramic.
5/5 based on 2 review(s)Rating:
- Price: $1,375.00 - In stock
Beautiful Look and FeelReview by CD
Of the 7 or 8 watches I own, the C1000 is my favorite. In the flesh, it looks as good or better than competing models from IWC, Omega etc. To my taste, it's better - more understated, crisp lines, and a beautifully transparent sapphire crystal. The back of the case is a work of art, haven't seen this level of detail executed by any commercial competitors, at least in this price range.
The feel, though, is even more impressive. It's got a nice weight, and the time set is silky smooth. The stopwatch function is precise as well, with a solid positive click to the start / stop and reset buttons. The band is double-layered, with rugged black webbing on the outside, and leather next to your wrist. Probably the best canvas band I've seen.
Although it's tough and great looking - I never really got used to that band . It was just a little stiff for me, maybe should have tried to soften it up with some leather cream. I switched the canvas band for the leather version, which also looks great and which feels just a little more comfortable on my wrist. That was a tough call, the canvas band goes better with the watch, so I can see myself switching back at some point.
In the end it's hard to accurately capture the inherent quality feeling of this watch in words. Like all CW watches, it feels like it cost at least 3x as much as it does.
Technologically and aesthetically superbReview by Berkshire
After reading several articles about how some watchmakers are turning to new technologies I decided on a trip to London and Bond Street to look at a couple of examples, the Omega Dark Side of the Moon and the IWC Top Gun; both high-tech ceramic, light weight, scratch resistance watches with arguably that 'wow factor'. I'm not going to make a comparison with the C1000 as that would be plain stupid but what I will say is that I believe that all three watches share the same advanced composites yet the CWL comes in at a fraction of the cost of the others. In my opinion that was a good reason to take look at the C1000. Having read the reviews and followed the forum threads I was still left with more questions than answers. My wife suggested that I should make an appointment to visit No.1. Without seeing the C1000 in the flesh I can honestly say that it would have been impossible for me to fully appreciate the watch.
In the looks department what struck me first was the motto etched into the matt black chunky case. I was also drawn to the subtle design clues which in my mind made the watch especially easy to read. In the power department I was impressed by the modified 7750 movement. With a little research I discovered that the movement is the most successful automatic chronograph ever produced, which I believe is also found in a range of high-end watch brands; including IWC, Tudor, TAG Heuer, Panerai and Hublot. I also understand that the movement celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and that it would easily meet COSC Chronometer standards, kinda added bonus for me. Needless to say I'm delighted with the watch.