First Look: Christoper Ward The Twelve Halo
On October 12, 2023 Christopher Ward announced the newest addition to the ever popular The Twelve collection. This time it was the Christopher Ward The Twelve Halo edition that was released in stainless steel with an 18k rose gold bezel. The design for the Halo has taken a more sophisticated and elegant approach. Not only is Christopher Ward using 18k rose gold (5N), they have also reduced the dial to essentially their logo on a brushed surface. All aspects of this watch seemingly want to drive the attention to the bezel, which I’m sure was the intension from their expert British design team.
Sized at 36mm, the newly released Christopher Ward The Twelve Halo series sits right in the sweet spot for both men and women for an elegant sports watch. Depending on your preference, the Halo can be purchased in a silver (rhodium) or black dial configuration. Black appears to be the more masculine option and the silver one is a softer look that might be more attractive to the ladies.
- Diameter: 36mm
- Height: 9.95mm
- Lug to lug: 40.8mm
- Materials: Stainless steel and 18k Rose Gold
- Crystal: Flat sapphire
- Water Resistance: 100m
- Movement: Automatic
- Calibre: Selitta SW 200-1
- Frequency: 4 Hz
- Power Reserve: 38 Hours
- Accuracy: -20/+20 seconds per day
- Jewels: 26
When I was introduced to The Twelve Halo by Christopher Ward, the first thought in my mind was, “They did it again!”. Christopher Ward has really found success with the Twelve collection and they have been smart to expand on it. Where I think the Halo will do well is for collectors who are wanting to get into a two tone watch. Gold is coming back in style and the Halo has perfectly executed just the right amount of it on a stainless steel sports watch to give it that elegant and sophisticated look. What is even more awesome about the Halo is all the intricate finishing that happens throughout the watch to give it beauty at every angle.
I understand why they went with no indices on the dial, they were wanting to drive attention to the bezel, but personally I think it is hard to read a watch on an empty dial. I’ve owned an older Movado for years but hardly find myself wearing it because it simply isn’t easy to tell the time. I’m excited to get hands-on with this watch because that may not be an issue because of the dodecagon shaped bezel. The bezel has twelve points
18k Rose Gold (5N) Bezel
The main feature on The Twelve Halo is the 18k rose gold bezel. Weighing in at 10g, there is a fair amount gold at this affordable price point. Just like the other The Twelve watches, the gold dodecagon shaped bezel has 12 sides and features both polished and satin finishing.
Brushed Dials Void Of Distractions
The Twelve Halo comes in two different variations, one with a black dial and the other with a silver. Both dials have a vertical satin brushed finish with the intention of drawing the wearers eyes to the luxuries rose gold bezel. Void of all distractions, the dials perfectly execute telling time at a glance while enhancing the other beauties that The Twelve Halo proudly displays.
A standout feature of all The Twelve watches, including The Twelve 36mm stainless steel variation, is the sharply designed integrated bracelet. From my personal experience, I can confidently say that the bracelet feels sturdy and comfortable to wear. Securing the integrated bracelet of The Twelve Halo is a butterfly clasp that is almost hidden, which allows the bracelet design to be uniform throughout.
Finishing At Every Angle
At every angle, The Twelve Halo has found magnificent ways to incorporate beautiful finishing throughout the watch. The dodecagon bezel, integrated bracelet, dial, and case all have sharp angles that lend itself to many different finishing patterns that are a mix of polished and satin finishing. Usually in a watch at this price point, attention to detail of this degree is almost non-existent, which makes The Twelve Halo a special watch.
Pricing & Availability
The Twelve Halo collection from Christopher Ward costs $2,555 on the stainless steel bracelet and $2,325 on the rubber strap and is available for purchase on their website.
I’ve got hands on with other Twelve 36mm references and I can attest to the value that Christopher Ward delivers. Their watches look great in person, are built very well, and are priced at a great value.