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  1. With the launch of a new C3 Grand Tourer resplendent in British Racing Green, we delve into the history of this iconic automotive shade. Sport can evoke emotions like little else. But when it comes to the high-octane world of motorsport, these shift up into a wholly different gear. There’s the sheer adrenalin of it all: man and machine, hurtling around corners, defying death and physics in one relentlessly exciting cocktail of speed and bravery. Yet even in the earliest days of motor racing – a time before official circuits had been built, and where cars could hit speeds approaching 80 miles per hour – there was a practical consideration: cars needed to be discernible from one another at speed. The first use of international racing colours can be traced back to 1900 in France, when the first Gordon Bennett Cup was held between Paris and Lyons. A competition established by James Gordon Bennett Jnr, the millionaire owner of the New York Herald newspaper, multiple countries were invited to take part – each of whom required their own distinctive colour. Some found inspiration in historically linked hues – France chose blue, for example – but in the case of United Kingdom, the circumstances that led to the adoption of the now-iconic British Racing Green are slightly more fortuitous. When Great Britain won the 1902 Gordon Bennett Cup courtesy of one Selwyn Edge, its reward was the responsibility of hosting the next year’s event. Yet there was a small problem: motor racing was banned in Great Britain, thanks to a nationwide speed limit of just 12 miles per hour. Fortunately, Ireland, a country with no such restrictions, was still part of the wider United Kingdom at the time, and so the 1903 race was announced to take place on the roads of County Kildare instead. With the three colours of the Union Jack – red, white and blue – already reserved by the likes of America, Germany and France, the GB team decided to mark their thanks to their Irish hosts by selecting shamrock green, synonymous with the Emerald Isle, as their livery. Yes, you did read that correctly – a colour now indelibly linked to British motorsport stemmed from a courteous tribute to its neighbour across the Irish Sea! A 1907 Napier 60hp T21 car in a lighter green hue Thus far, a colour had been chosen to represent Great Britain; but the particular hue had not. Fast-forward to the 1920s and ‘30s, and shamrock green was joined by a darker shade (also known as Brunswick, moss or forest green); this adorned the Bentley Blowers taking part in Le Mans, along with vehicles taking part in other early Grand Prix events. Another two decades later, and this rich shade had found its way onto some truly iconic models in automotive history: think the Jaguar D-Type and Aston Martin DBR1 (one of which would become the most expensive British car in history at auction in 2017). For anybody still harbouring doubts about the enduring cool of British Racing Green, just know that Steve McQueen had his white Jaguar XKSS repainted green, while 007’s on-screen Bentley Blower in ‘From Russia With Love’ shares the very same hue (although Q branch’s idea of in-built telephone would never catch on!). A 1928 Bentley 4.1.2 litre Le Mans Tourer Birkin’s Blower 3 in British Racing Green In the modern era, the legacy of British Racing Green remains as powerful as ever. It was reintroduced as the colour of the Jaguar F1 team early in the millennium, while 2001 would see the return of a Bentley bearing those famous colours to Le Mans. Due to its popularity, many car manufacturers now offer BRG as a paint choice (our partners at Morgan Motor Company included), its luxurious shade alluding to over a century’s worth of automotive history. This sense of prestige also made it the perfect addition to the C3 Grand Tourer range. Watches and cars share a lot in common of course: both are pieces of engineering reliant upon performance and accuracy. The inclusion of British Racing Green in the C3 Grand Tourer family is a natural combination, the latter drawing influence from the dashboards of cars being driven when Racing Green was enjoying its original 20th century heyday. It permeates down to details such as its 30-minute subdial, where a highlighted red section mimics a speedometer, while the pushers on its side are shaped like engine pistons. Powered by a Swiss-made quartz chronograph movement, the C3 Grand Tourer isn’t just a blend of dress watch and sporty stylings; with the inclusion of British Racing Green colours, it’s a proud tribute to Britain’s enduring heritage on the automotive stage. The C3 Grand Tourer is available to buy today. View the full article
  2. Since its release, the C65 Trident Collection has earned acclaim for its lithe '60s dive watch stylings. This new addition combines those with the appeal of bronze, a material with maritime connotations; not only will its case develop its own unique patina over time, but its bronze dial has been delicately hand-scratched to possess its own distinctive character. And while vintage in appearance, the chronometer-certified movement inside this 500-piece limited edition represents the best of modern-day Swiss engineering. Description In the 500-piece limited edition, 'Ombré' finds its way into the C65 Trident Collection for the first time. But what exactly does 'Ombré' mean? While some find the term to be more synonymous with other industries - namely, hairdressing, but of course you knew that already - its literal translation from French means 'shaded'. The C65 Trident Bronze Ombré COSC Limited Edition's dial expertly demonstrates this: made from bronze, its colour is brass-like in its centre, before transitioning into a black varnish around the edge. The most intriguing aspect, however, is a number of delicate scratchings that adorn its surface; applied by hand, each dial throughout this 500-piece limited edition is completely unique. Elsewhere, a black aluminium bezel insert combines pleasingly with the edge of the dial, while the C65 Collection's signature case design is here present in bronze form. Measuring in at a well-sized 41mm, the C5191 (CuSn6) bronze alloy used in its construction will begin to develop to its own patina upon contact with the elements, meaning that every owner will possess a watch distinctive from each of the other 499 models made. Fittingly for a watch reflective of '60s dive watch design, the C65 is water-resistant to 150m, with a hint of the modern represented through CW's signature trident located on its seconds hand counterbalance and deep-stamped into its stainless steel backplate. Movement The C65 Trident Collection may devote itself to dive watch design 50 years ago, but the chronometer-certified Sellita SW200 calibre running inside the C65 Trident Bronze Ombré COSC Limited Edition represents the finest of engineering today. A Swiss-made automatic movement with date wheel, every SW200 movement that features inside the C65 has passed through the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres; with a certified timing tolerance of just -4/+6 seconds per day in a variety of temperatures and positions, this limited edition sits within the top 6% of all Swiss-made watches for accuracy. With a 4Hz frequency equating to a smooth eight ticks per second alongside a 38-hour power reserve, an in-built shock system will also ensure accuracy of timekeeping despite any sudden jolts or activity. As a watch in its element throughout those snorkelling or dive trips, the Sellita SW200 is the perfect choice for the C65 Trident Bronze Ombré COSC Limited Edition. Technical Diameter: 41mm Height: 11.55mm Weight: 68g Calibre: Sellita SW200 COSC Case: Bronze C5191 (CuSn6) Backplate: 316L stainless steel Water resistance: 15 ATM (150 metres) Vibrations: 28,800 per hour (4 Hz) Timing tolerance: -4/+6 seconds per day Dial Colour: Ombré Lume: TC-1 Super-LumiNova Strap width: 22mm Strap colour: Black Lug to Lug: 47.1mm Features Limited edition of 500 pieces Swiss made 26 jewel self-winding chronometer-certified movement 38 hour power reserve Date calendar Central hacking seconds Anti-shock system Raw bronze C5191 (CuSn6) case with screw-down deep-stamped 3D backplate Embossed screw-down crown Unidirectional raw bronze C5191 (CuSn6) bezel with anodised aluminium insert "Glass box" sapphire crystal Ombré finish dial with black varnish exterior Super-LumiNova®-coated and gold-plated indexes and hands Signature Trident counter-balance on second hand Unique engraved serial number Cordura® and rubber hybrid waterproof strap with Christopher Ward buckle and quick-release pins for easy changing Eco-friendly luxury presentation case and owner's handbook
  3. Water-resistant to 600m, and incorporating upgrades to its case, bezel and more introduced as part of our Trident 3 series, the C60 Trident Ombré COSC Limited Edition is a modern dive watch with the monochrome visuals to match. The inclusion of a hand-etched steel dial with an 'Ombré' faded finish around its edge means this 300-piece limited edition poses a more special opportunity: the chance to own a watch that is truly unique. Description Even in today's world of horology, where watches can be painstakingly built by hand over months at a time and can retail for the price of a house, it's rare to find one that is completely one-of-a-kind. But the C60 Trident Ombré COSC Limited Edition legitimately fulfils that statement thanks to a dial that has been delicately scratched by hand. Not only will its wearer take satisfaction in owning one of just 300 models produced as part of this limited edition run; compare theirs with another, and each has its own subtly different character. These light scratches then 'Ombré' fade into a varnished black around the edge of the dial - a neat transition into its matte ceramic bezel. The Ombré COSC also takes advantage of the numerous upgraded features introduced at Trident 3's launch that earned such acclaim earlier this year. Constructed from marine-grade stainless steel, its 42mm case utilises CW's 'light-catcher' design; its lugs gently arc into a swathe line at the case's central point, with brushed and polished surfaces creating a slimming effect when worn on the wrist. Trident 3's redesigned hands and indexes also appear: the former consisting of a triangular hour hand, baton-shaped minute hand and seconds hand complete with trident-shaped counterbalance; the latter combines top brushed and diamond polished finishes to capture the light. Both have been generously filled with Grade X1 GL C1 Super-LumiNova - the best lume available - whilst also featuring in the numerals and markers of its unidirectional ceramic bezel. Movement With the wealth of detail throughout the Ombré's design and construction, the next logical step was the inclusion of a Swiss-made chronometer to ensure the best levels of accuracy. Powered by the Sellita SW200, an automatic calibre with 38-hour power reserve and date wheel, every moment inside the Ombré's limited edition run has been comprehensively tested by the Controle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres to ensure the utmost levels of accuracy. In fact, with a timing tolerance of just -4/+6 seconds a day, the C60 Trident Ombré COSC Limited Edition sits within the top 6% of all Swiss-made watches for accuracy. And for those worried that its use inside a dive watch water-resistant to depths of 600m may affect accuracy throughout use, an in-built anti-shock system means the SW200 will continue to tick a smooth eight times per second (or 28,800 per hour, thanks to its 4Hz frequency). A touch few will see, the SW200's rotor has also been engraved with our award-winning twin flag pattern. A watch as rugged and beautiful as the C60 Trident Ombré COSC Limited Edition needs a movement with those qualities in equal measure - and the Sellita SW200 is certainly that. Technical Diameter: 42mm Height: 13.4mm Weight: 95g Calibre: Sellita SW200 COSC Case: 316L stainless steel Water resistance: 60 ATM (600 metres) Vibrations: 28,800 per hour (4 Hz) Timing tolerance: -4/+6 seconds per day Dial colour: Ombré Lume: Super-LumiNova Grade X1 GL C1 Strap width: 22mm Strap colour: Black Lug to Lug: 49.3mm Features Limited edition of 300 pieces Swiss made Self-winding 26 jewel mechanical chronometer 38-hour power reserve Date calendar Central hacking seconds Anti-shock system Twin-flag engraving over 'Colimacone' finish on the rotor Brushed and polished marine-grade stainless steel case Embossed screw-in crown with improved internal threading Unidirectional brushed and fully tracked zirconia ceramic bezel 3.4mm anti-reflective sapphire crystal Steel Ombré finish dial with black varnish exterior Super-LumiNova Grade X1 GL C1 hands, indexes and bezel Top-brushed indexes with diamond polished facets Sandblasted and polished hands Signature Trident counter-balance on seconds hand Screw-down deep-stamped 3D backplate Unique engraved serial number Vintage oak leather strap with Christopher Ward-engraved dress clasp and quick-release pins for easy changing Eco-friendly luxury presentation case and owner's handbook
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    C60 Apex Limited Edition

    Five years on from the release of Calibre SH21, the first commercially viable movement by a British brand in 50 years, the C60 Apex Limited Edition celebrates this landmark in unique fashion. With an architectural aesthetic revealing as much of SH21 as possible - assisted by the inclusion of an exhibition case back in our dive range for the first time - this 100-piece limited edition is a pinnacle of engineering that's equally at home 300m below the waves. Description It's not every day we design a dive watch in collaboration with Swiss skeleton watch pioneers Armin Strom, complete with exhibition case back, helium release valve and power reserve indicator. But then again, it's not every day your in-house chronometer - the first commercially viable movement by a British brand in 50 years - celebrates its fifth birthday. Our second Apex - a series that allows our design and technical teams to, well, cut loose - doubles as the first time its exposed aesthetic has appeared in our dive collection. When developing the C60 Apex, the challenge was to transition the Apex's semi-open approach into a watch that could thrive below the ocean's surface. And this 100-piece limited edition delivers: marking the first time a Trident has featured an exhibition case back, granting superb views of the decorated Calibre SH21 present inside its marine-grade stainless steel case, it remains water-resistant to depths of 300m. Located on the side of its sleek and graceful 'light-catcher' case, a helium release valve reinforces the Apex to be a diving tool that can be relied upon. For a release designed to celebrate one of the brand's greatest achievements, no expense was spared in crafting the most daring dive watch CW has attempted. Sporting a navy blue and orange colour scheme, the C60 Apex's dial is rich in detail: an anodised orange power reserve indicator rests upon a 3D bridge at 9 o'clock, while SH21's exposed hour wheel is surrounded by vertically lined plating. The volume present throughout is emphasised by the Apex's raised indexes and hands: brushed, polished and multi-faceted, they're filled with Grade X1 GL C1 Super-LumiNova®; the same lume applied to the markings and numerals found on its zirconia ceramic bezel. Movement While we could fill pages with the nuances of the Apex's dial, this watch wouldn't exist if it weren't for the movement inside it. To celebrate its fifth birthday, an automatic version of Calibre SH21 has been adorned with a number of intricate design flourishes that are visible through museum-grade sapphire crystal. For example, SH21's rotor boasts a brand new design. Constructed from aluminium and tungsten - the latter material's heavier mass allowing us to use less of it with no impact upon performance - its hollowed outer semi-circle has been finished in anodised orange. Look past that, and a skeletonised bridge features the very same vertically engraved lines that appear on the Apex's dial; with design and engineering working together cohesively, the C60 represents the art of horology in its purest form. Over the past five years, Calibre SH21's appearance has often been tailored to match the genre of watch it has appeared in; yet the technical specifications that warranted such astonishment upon its release have remained the same. Foremost, SH21 can deliver 120 hours of chronometer-certified timekeeping when fully wound thanks to its twin barrel construction. Factor in its power reserve indicator and cut-out date wheel, plus SH21's stringent testing in a number of positions and temperatures by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres that place it within the top 6% of all Swiss-made watches for accuracy, the C60 Apex is a technical colossus. As its name suggests, it represents the pinnacle of what a dive watch should be. £3,495.00 Technical Diameter: 42mm Height: 16.35mm Weight: 99g Calibre: SH21 - automatic with power reserve complication Case: 316L stainless steel Water resistance: 30 ATM (300 metres) Vibrations: 28,800 per hour (4Hz) Timing tolerance: -4/+6 seconds per day Dial colours: Blue/Orange Lume: Super-LumiNova® Grade X1 GL C1 Strap width: 22mm Lug to Lug: 54mm Features Limited Edition of 100 pieces Swiss made 35 jewel self-winding chronometer with power reserve complication 120 hour power reserve Hour, minute, central seconds, date Skeletonised bridge and decorated barrels, with anodised aluminium and tungsten rotor Brushed and polished marine-grade stainless steel case Unidirectional zirconia (ZrO²) ceramic bezel Integrated automatic helium release valve Anti-reflective flat sapphire crystal Semi-open dial with circular brushed Ruthenium ring, engraved Ruthenium plate and orange anodised aluminium bridge Bevelled matte blue outer ring with white minute markers, intersected with brushed and polished bevelled rhodium five-minute markers Shiny blue power reserve indicator ring with orange numerals and circular brushed rhodium outer ring Cut-out date wheel date wheel Super-LumiNova® Grade X1 GL C1 hands, indexes and bezel Top-brushed indexes with diamond polished facets Sandblasted and polished hands Signature Trident counter-balance on seconds hand Exhibition backplate with unique engraved serial number Cordura® and rubber hybrid waterproof strap with Christopher Ward buckle and quick-release pins for easy changing Eco-friendly luxury presentation case and owner's handbook
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    C60 Trident Elite 1000

    Arriving alongside Trident 3, the C60 Trident Elite 1000 is a special new addition to our dive family. With a helium release valve and Grade 2 titanium case water-resistant to 1000m, it's a dive watch with serious technical pedigree; and that's before any mention has been made of this 300-piece limited edition's chronometer-certified movement and stunning blue and orange colour scheme... Description With pressure increasing substantially below the ocean's surface, deep water diving requires an altogether more durable kind of dive watch. Enter the C60 Trident Elite 1000, whose 1000m water-resistance and automatic helium release valve confirm its status as the ultimate choice for any seasoned dive professional (although we'd still recommend a dive computer to be on the safe side!). In the Elite 1000, Trident 3's new case design has been crafted from brushed Grade 2 titanium. Famed for its anti-corrosive qualities and possessing the highest strength-to-density ratio of any metallic element, it's the perfect fit for a dive watch; combined with a sapphire crystal 3.8mm thick, the Elite 1000 is impressively tough for its slender 75g weight. A number of upgrades introduced as part of Trident 3 materialise in the Elite 1000. The application of Grade X1 GL C1 Super-LumiNova® fulfils a long-standing customer request for a fully lumed bezel, which also sports an orange 15-minute track and lume triangle. A glossy blue dial, combined with Super-LumiNova®-filled hands and brushed and polished indexes, offers exceptional clarity in all lighting conditions; our signature trident-shaped counter-balance also makes a welcome return. If you find you spend a lot of time in the ocean's mesopelagic zone - or maybe you just fancy a beautifully robust piece of engineering on your wrist - the C60 Trident Elite 1000 is the watch for you. With just 300 of these special chronometers available, catch it while you can. Movement This COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres) version of the Sellita SW200 has been tested in a range of positions and temperatures to gain its valued 'chronometer' certification. To achieve this, a mechanical watch must achieve an accuracy during these tests of between -4/+6 seconds a day. Only 6% of all Swiss movements attain this, while its appearance in many watches in far higher price brackets confirms its place as a trusted calibre throughout the industry. Inside the C60 Trident Elite 1000, the SW200's rotor has received a Colimaçoné finish before being engraved with the twin flags pattern reflective of our Anglo-Swiss partnership. Combined with a 38 hour power reserve, plus an anti-shock system and 4Hz frequency working together to deliver a smooth eight ticks a second throughout all manner of activities, this chronometer-certified version of SW200 can be relied upon wherever the Elite 1000 goes. C60-42ADA3-T0BB0-HBO Manual: https://www.christopherward.com/media/manuals/c60-trident-elite-1000-manual.pdf Technical Diameter: 42mm Height: 14.6mm Weight: 75g Calibre: Sellita SW200 (COSC) Case: Grade 2 titanium Water resistance: 100ATM (1000 metres) Vibrations: 28,800 per hour (4 Hz) Timing tolerance: -4/+6 seconds per day Dial colour: Blue Lume: Super-LumiNova® Grade X1 GL C1 Lug to Lug: 49.3mm Strap width: 22mm Strap colour: Blue/orange Features Swiss made Limited Edition of 300 pieces 25 jewel self-winding chronometer mechanical movement 38 hour power reserve Date calendar Central hacking seconds Anti-shock system Twin-flag engraving over 'Colimaçoné' finish on the rotor Brushed and polished Grade 2 titanium case Embossed screw-in crown Unidirectional brushed zirconia ceramic bezel Integrated automatic helium release valve 3.8mm anti-reflective sapphire crystal Polished dial with 'twin flags' matte finished at 12 o'clock Super-LumiNova Grade® X1 GL C1 hands, indexes and bezel Top-brushed indexes with diamond polished facets Sandblasted and polished hands Signature Trident counter-balance on seconds hand Screw-down deep-stamped 3D backplate Unique engraved serial number Cordura® and rubber hybrid waterproof strap with brushed buckle and quick-release pins for easy changing Eco-friendly luxury presentation case and owner's handbook
  6. The C60 Apex Limited Edition, created to show off the best of Christopher Ward – with a little bit of help from our friends at Armin Strom The fifth birthday of Calibre SH21, Christopher Ward’s well-regarded in-house movement, is an important milestone – so the ambitious, high end Apex series was created to celebrate it. These limited edition iterations of key models are each designed to push Christopher Ward watchmaking in new directions – and this is certainly true of the latest, the new C60 Apex Limited Edition. Based on the company’s most popular model, it takes the semi-skeletonised architecture introduced with the first of the Apex series, the C7, in a bold new direction. Most notably, it’s the first Christopher Ward dive watch to ever be offered with an exhibition case back. The C60 Trident Apex is a serious and highly capable dive watch, yes, but it’s also a piece of art designed for the wrist, with a highly-detailed iteration of SH21 visible both front and back. Naturally, creating it was a highly challenging project – but the Christopher Ward team didn’t have to tackle it alone. As luck would have it, one of the world’s leading modern proponents of the skeletonised watch happens to be a near neighbour of the CW Atelier, based just around the corner in Biel, Switzerland. Mr Armin Strom began an illustrious watch-making career in his native town of Burgdorf in 1967, and over the years became well-known for his hand-skeletonised pieces, often created for much larger brands. For a little over a decade, however, his eponymous company has been in the safe hands of family friend and watch collector Serge Michel, working alongside his own childhood friend, watchmaker Claude Greisler. Claude, too, had known Mr Armin Strom since childhood. Christopher Ward’s head of atelier in Biel, Jorg Bader Sr, is another who’s known Mr Armin Strom for many years. “It’s been over 25 probably,” he says, “and once Serge and Claude had joined him to energise the company, and with their new factory only a few hundred metres from ours, it was kind of obvious to keep in touch and follow the wonderful evolution they’ve enjoyed.” In its modern incarnation, Armin Strom remains small, independent, ambitious – and dedicated to the appeal of the skeletonised watch. In fact, it doesn’t make anything else. When Serge and Claude took control in 2008, they quickly moved into new premises in Biel, and had soon installed their own machines, developed their first in-house caliber – the ARM 09 – and launched their first complete collection. Today this remarkable boutique manufacture creates highly ambitious pieces in four different collections – Single Barrel, Double Barrel, Resonance and Masterpiece – at price points far beyond any Christopher Ward. (Most models are ten times the price of the most expensive CW, and some are well into six figures.) The occasional model even has its case made of sapphire crystal, which is both incredibly difficult to achieve and gives an almost disconcerting ‘see everything’ effect, reminiscent of the shock factor you get at first glimpsing some transparent frog or deep-sea fish. Along the way, Armin Strom has become a true manufacture, capable of making 97% of the components it needs for each watch in-house, and so the perfect partner for CW in creating the Apex line. “I’ve always felt that the movement is the most important part of any watch,” says Claude Greisler, “and following the Armin Strom tradition allows us to present it as the strongest element on the wrist. But there’s a big difference between old and new skeleton watches. The old-style skeleton watches were based on existing, conventional movements, which were then open worked by a master watchmaker. Modern skeleton watches, however, are developed from the start specifically to be skeletonised. The open worked design is an intrinsic part of what they are.” Armin Strom’s own watches don’t actually have dials in the conventional sense at all, only small sub-registers and dial rings – an approach that gives the wearer an unobstructed view right through the middle of the watch – but with the Apex watches Christopher Ward walks a different path. The new C60 Apex is a case in point: there is a dial, but we’re encouraged to peep right through it at various points, particularly on the left hand side around the power reserve register at 9 o’clock, where orange anodised Armin Strom bridgework is revealed. This open-worked dial gives a real feeling of depth, accentuated by the bold yet detailed design work – from the beautifully worked hands to the prominent polished screws – that together speak of an exceptionally high quality product. A contrasting orange-and-blue colour scheme has recently become a Trident trademark and it’s used particularly powerfully here, as well as through the display back, where the skeletonised rotor – made of tungsten and aluminium – also has a bold orange finish. “On the Apex models we’ve been producing various movement and dial parts,” Claude says. “Christopher Ward watches are of a very high standard for their price range, and we know that it’s a huge challenge to become a leader in the industry at any price point. We only work with independent watch brands like this, which exhibit a clear vision.” The Christopher Ward team has certainly been thrilled by Claude and his team’s contribution. “The orange Armin Strom pieces give the watch a special feeling, and make it immediately obvious that the back of the watch really belongs to the front, and vice versa,” says Christopher Ward’s head of product design Adrian Buchmann. “Everything seems to almost blend together.” “It also brings to Christopher Ward a flavour of the high horology that Armin Strom specialises in,” says co-founder Mike France, “but at a much more accessible Christopher Ward price point.” To discover more about the C60 Apex Limited Edition, click here. View the full article
  7. For most people, summer is the perfect chance to get away to the sun for a couple of weeks. But if you’re a watch lover – and that’s probably you – a fortnight in short sleeves also gives you the chance to show off your favourite Christopher Ward timepiece(s). But what makes the perfect summer watch? That depends on your what you’re doing. If you’re going to spend your time exploring old wrecks on the seabed, then a sleek dress watch isn’t going to cut. On the other hand, if your idea of relaxation is a sun-lounger, a fat novel and a bit of scrolling on Twitter (don’t feel bad, we all do it), then you’ll need something that looks as good by the pool as it does in the hotel bar. Another consideration is the strap. As foreign holidays can involve immersion in water, strong sunlight and exposure to strong cocktails, then a strap that merges good looks with rugged construction is the best bet. Our hybrid range of straps, with a Cordura® exterior and a rubber underside, are just the ticket. Finally, whatever watch you choose, it has to look just as good when you get back home as when you arrive at hotel reception. Though as these are Christopher Ward timepieces, that’s not something you need to worry about. The perfect pool watch: C60 Trident Pro 600 Mk 3 Christopher Ward’s best-selling watch has become an icon for a reason: few timepieces can beat its combination of classic diving-watch looks, quality construction and Swiss horological excellence. Available in 38mm, 40mm and 42mm sizes, every wrist size is taken care of – and as it’s waterproof to 600m, even the most intimidating deep end will hold no fears for you. Browse the C60 Trident Pro 600 Mk 3 range here. The F1 weekend warrior: C7 Rosso Corsa Limited Edition Late summer is when the F1 season really hots up, so if you’re going to cheer Mr Hamilton on, then it’s only right you should wear a watch that looks the part. Limited to just 200 models, the C7 Rosso Corsa is powered by a COSC-certified movement, putting it into the top 6% of automatic watches for accuracy. Add to this its retro looks and striking ‘Italian racing red’ colour scheme, and you’ve got a watch that will be as at home in the pits as it is in the hospitality suites. Browse the C7 Rosso Corsa Limited Edition range here. The world traveller’s companion: C60 Trident GMT 600 On first glance, you may be fooled that this is another version of the C60 Trident Pro 600, but a closer look reveals something different: namely a fourth ‘GMT’ hand. When used with the 24-hour bezel, it lets the wearer find out the time in a different timezone – ideal if you’re going on a multi-location holiday. Plus, it has the same construction as the ‘regular’ C60 Trident, making it waterproof to 600m. Browse the C60 Trident GMT 600 range here. The sun-seeker’s retro timepiece: C65 Trident Diver “The name’s Ward. Christopher Ward.” Referencing the great diving watches of the 1960s (and a certain fictional spy), the C65 Trident Diver is made for leisurely dives in azure waters, cocktails on the beach and sophisticated dinners with a beautiful companion. There’s so much to love here, from the oversized numerals at 12 and 6, to the slim light-catcher case and hand-wound movement, plus, of course, the modern-day construction, which ensures the watch is waterproof to 150m. Browse the C60 Trident Bronze Pro 600 range here. The festival ‘beater’: C60 Trident 300 Sleeping in a tent and getting so lost in music even Sister Sledge would struggle to cope, festivals are not places you want to take your most valuable timepiece. Which is why the quartz-driven C60 Trident 300 is such a good call. Made of aluminium, and water-resistant to 300m, the watch has much of the rugged appeal of the Pro 600, but only requires a battery to keep it going. Something you’ll be glad of when your mobile phone runs out of juice at 3am. Browse the C60 Trident 300 range here. And the one extra to help you pretend you’ve been away: the C60 Trident Bronze Pro 600 Not everyone wants to leave the country every summer, instead opting to spend their well-earned time off in the garden (or pub). But – if required – the C60 Trident Bronze Pro 600 helps maintain the illusion of the well-traveled adventurer: with a bronze alloy case that develops its patina throughout your time with it, you can convince your friends its weathered appearance resulted from a dip in the Pacific, not the accidental trip into the pond. Discover the Bronze Pro 600 here, and while you’ve made it this far, our entire range of hybrid-ready watches can be seen here. View the full article
  8. As this Thursday sees the beginning of our Quartz event, 11 days dedicated to the ultra-precision of the battery-powered watch, we sat down with Technical and QC Manager Andrew Henry for a chat about the science and functionality behind a technology that may or may not split horophiles right down the middle… Hi Andrew, do you own any quartz watches? I own a couple of Swatch watches from my childhood, but unsurprisingly they don’t get very much wrist time now! I also own a Seiko quartz chronograph 7T32-6A50, again which I have kept more for sentimental value than appreciation. Technical and QC Manager Andrew Henry Getting down to business, how do quartz-powered watches work? Most simply, a battery sends electricity to a quartz crystal through an electronic circuit. The quartz crystal, which is shaped like a tiny tuning fork, oscillates at a precise frequency of exactly 32,768 times a second. The circuit counts the number of vibrations and uses them to generate regular electric pulses – one per second. These pulses drive a small stepping motor, turning gear wheels that make the watch’s second, minute, and hour hands tick. Are there any challenges to working with quartz from a servicing/repairs perspective? Quartz movements do not need nearly as much maintenance as mechanical ones due to the fact they have far fewer moving parts – primarily just the gears that move the hands on a simple quartz analogue movement. They’re generally much easier to fix than mechanical watches – they either run and keep time, or they have a problem! The “working but not keeping time at all” state that mechanical watches can end up in doesn’t exist here; a quartz movement may not tick due to a mechanical issue (the motor is mechanically stuck) or because of an electrical problem. While they can be repaired in many cases, it’s generally being more cost effective to replace them, unlike with a mechanical movement. Sometimes we also receive quartz chronographs back from customers, as the chrono hand hasn’t reset to 12 o’clock – although this is something that can be easily fixed at home, with instructions now featured in our recent owner’s handbooks. The C3 Grand Tourer utilises a Swiss quartz movement, the Ronda 5021.D You mentioned quartz movements have less moving parts than mechanical ones. There can be a tendency from some to look down on quartz, as they lack the intricacy of their mechanical counterparts. Do you think that’s fair? It depends which side of the fence you sit on really. Some prefer mechanical movements as they are more ‘alive’, but its higher frequency oscillator means quartz has an accuracy that perhaps only a few mechanical chronometers can match. Quartz crystals are made from a chemical compound called silicon dioxide (also used to make computer chips and, more recently, balance hairsprings), which is piezoelectric – essentially, if you were to squeeze a quartz crystal, it would generate a tiny electric current. There’s still a great degree of science involved with quartz, but from a horological perspective it can be easily overlooked as it doesn’t feature the kinetic parts, such as a pendulum or balance wheel, that you’d find in a mechanical watch. However, a major positive of quartz watches is that because of the small amount of power they use, a battery can often last a significant amount of time before it needs replacing. They also have power saving functions that reduce power usage by 70% when their crown is left out, meaning watches like the C3 Malvern Chronograph Mk III and C60 Trident Chronograph 300 can be picked up and worn at a moment’s notice. If you were to pick your favourite quartz model from the current CW lineup? There are two that I like at the moment: one is the C7 Rapide Chronograph Quartz; the other is the C3 Malvern Chronograph Mk III (pictured above). Which quartz complication/advances would you like to see in a CW in the future? I’d like to see a super quartz: effectively a thermo-compensated movement with 10 times the precision of standard quartz. Considering most normal quartz movements – the Ronda 715, found in the Trident 300, for example – are accurate to -10/+20 seconds a month, we’re talking about nominal levels of accuracy over a longer period. But knowing that you’re wearing an instrument so precise it gains or loses just seconds per year; that’s the power of quartz! To receive a 15% saving on any quartz-powered watch, simply enter Quartz15 in the promotional code box at checkout. Our Quartz event ends at Midnight BST, Monday 26 August. View the full article
  9. BGF, the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growing businesses, has invested £6.25m into Christopher Ward, the Maidenhead-based premium British watch brand, to accelerate growth. Founded in 2005 by Mike France, Chris Ward and Peter Ellis, Christopher Ward has grown to become the UK’s leading direct-to-consumer watch brand, with customers in more than 100 countries. Christopher Ward creates high-quality timepieces that combine British style and innovation with Swiss watchmaking skills. The brand specialises in mechanical and quartz watches, that are designed in the UK and manufactured in the home of horology, Biel, Switzerland. The brand is a leading innovator in the British watch industry and this year marks the fifth anniversary of the creation of the brand’s own in-house Swiss-made movement, Calibre SH21. Christopher Ward’s current watch collection includes dress, dive, aviation and motorsport watches, as well as a collaborative collection with British car maker Morgan. With a head office in Maidenhead and a workshop in Biel, Switzerland, the business now employs 45 people, processing 22,000 orders per year and generating sales of £10.5m. The £6.25m investment from BGF will support Christopher Ward’s long-term growth strategy, providing the capital and resource to expand the watchmaker’s market presence and product lines. Mike France, CEO and co-founder of Christopher Ward, said: “Our raison d’etre at Christopher Ward, the reason we get out of bed every morning, is to work towards giving as many people as possible the opportunity to experience the visceral pleasure of owning a finely-crafted, hand built premium watch. “We’ve made great progress in fourteen years, establishing really solid foundations and feel the time is now right to “spread the Ward” to even more people worldwide. “The team at BGF understood this, are as excited as we are about creating a truly great brand and business and we are delighted to have them as our partner for the next phase of the journey.” James Austin, an investor at BGF who will join the board of Christopher Ward, said: “We’re really pleased to be joining the team at Christopher Ward, a fantastic example of great British entrepreneurialism, becoming a truly credible player in the luxury watch market over the last decade. With a simple mission and a focus on producing quality products at fair prices, it has developed a strong track record and reputation among its loyal and growing customer base. “We’re looking forward to working with an experienced team to build Christopher Ward into a globally recognised brand. The South East of England is teeming with ambitious businesses like this and we’re excited to welcome another company from the region into the BGF portfolio.” The investment was led for BGF by James Austin, Daniel Tapson and Elliot Vickerstaff. View the full article
  10. No watch symbolises the Christopher Ward story better than the C60 Trident. Launched in 2009, this best-selling diving watch began life as a homage to the 1953 Rolex Submariner, but now in its third iteration, has become a classic in its own right. If you’re looking at buying your first ‘proper’ timepiece, and don’t know which model to go for, today’s stainless steel C60 Trident Pro 600 is the obvious choice. But what happens if you’re looking for something a little different? Something with all the style, accuracy and robust engineering of the other Tridents, but with a twist that makes it unique? Step forward the C60 Trident Bronze Pro 600. The C60 Trident Bronze Pro 600 As you can tell by the name, the stainless steel and ceramic construction of other watches in the series has been replaced with a bronze alloy. Not only does this give the Trident Bronze an eye-catching look – witness the contrast between the bronze bezel and marine-blue dial – but the metal’s anti-corrosive properties make it ideal for diving, too. “When we decided to make a bronze version of the Trident, we were deliberately harking back to the metals used in the early days of undersea exploration,” says Christopher Ward co-founder Mike France. An early diving helmet Bronze – along with copper and brass – was used in the first diving helmets, which appeared in the 1820s. Modelled initially on a fireman’s ‘smoke’ helmet, air was pumped from the surface into the helmet down a leather hose, while the carbon dioxide was removed via a small pipe. As time went on these helmets were improved – an air valve was added by 1836 – and they became a crucial part of what became known as ‘standard diving dress’. The helmet was bolted to a collar (a ‘corselet’), which was then sealed onto a waterproof suit. To stop floatation – remember, divers were working on the sea bed – a weighted belt was added along with lead-weight shoes (which could weigh up to 15kg). An early dive suit – not at all cumbersome! “When we looked into the history of diving helmets, we found that bronze or brass was used extensively in the fittings of the helmet,” says Mike. “That’s why we thought it was right that the countdown bezel on this Trident, long a life-saving tool for divers, was also made of bronze.” For those who may think that the bezel is just a handsome adornment, think again. Introduced in 1953 by Rolex on the Submariner, the bezel was designed to help scuba divers gauge their time in the water. All they had to do was match the dot at 12 o’ clock with the minute hand, which, as it went around the dial, would tell them how long they had left underwater. For a couple of decades, the countdown bezel was the primary diving tool, but as divers went deeper and increasingly complex calculations were required, they turned to something more in tune with their needs: the dive computer. Worn on the wrist, the early dive computers were analogue (the first, the Foxboro Decomputer appeared in 1955) and designed to help deep-sea explorers ascend safely and avoid decompression sickness (AKA ‘the bends’). However, they were both unwieldy and unreliable, and it was only with the introduction of digital models in the 1970s that they became something submariners could rely on. Today, they’re a standard part of any diving kit. The Foxboro Decomputer Mike France is an experienced diver and wears both a diving computer and a Trident when he dives. “You can’t take chances when you’re diving and a computer will tell you exactly when you need to stop on your ascent from a deep dive. For me, the Trident is there as a backup, plus I like the way it references the early era of scuba diving.” All of which brings us back to C60 Trident Bronze Pro 600. Make no mistake, this is a serious timing instrument, able to perform at depths of 600m, and powered by a peerless SW200-1 automatic movement. It’s also available in both a 43mm and 38mm case sizes, meaning it can be worn on wrists of every size. But what makes it special is that bronze case. Whether you buy the ‘raw’ model (with the metal untouched and shiny) or the aged ‘patinated’ version, the bronze will age and develop a patina of its own over the years, making it a genuine one-of-a-kind timepiece. Get bronzed – the C60 Trident Bronze Pro 600 in its patinated form “Some watches have that ‘wow’ factor,” says Mike. “And the C60 Trident Bronze Pro 600 is one of them. Whenever people see it in the metal, they immediately want to try it on. Now, they should know that this watch doesn’t just look great; it carries the weight of history in its bones too.” And you’ll know that the first time you place it on your wrist. Browse the C60 Trident Bronze Pro 600 range here. View the full article
  11. The Moon landing remains one of humanity’s proudest achievements, closing the divide between us and that pearly presence in the night sky. As we approach a half century since that iconic moment, we delve into how the Moon continues to fascinate us… One of humankind’s greatest strengths remains that we’re never content to rest on our laurels. Through the pioneers among us, we’ve travelled far and wide, above and beyond, progressing from the age of the abacus to today’s Cloud-connected mobile phones. Yet few achievements compare to the Moon landing – a mission completed, astonishingly, using less computing power than the devices we carry in our pockets or handbags each day! The 20th July 2019 marks the 50th year anniversary since Neil Armstrong take humankind’s very first steps on the Moon. A pivotal moment in history, and one that saw millions of people around the world watching the launch of Apollo 11, our very own co-founder Mike France recalls that day. “I remember, a spellbound schoolboy, watching Neil Armstrong step onto the moon’s surface”; and with that, one of the biggest events of the 20th Century sparked the ignition of our imaginations… Music The classic Frank Sinatra based his renowned ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ cover specifically on the Apollo missions. Although recorded five years before Apollo 11’s landing, the song’s place in lunar folklore was confirmed when Buzz Aldrin pressed play on his cassette player, making it the first piece of music to ever be heard on the Moon! Fiction The Moon has long proved a peculiar inspiration to creatives throughout the generations, influencing many works on the page and screen. Released in 1902, Georges Méliès’ spectacular film “A Trip to the Moon” used cutting-edge special effects to portray a rocket crashing into ‘the Man on the Moon’ – in this case, a grimacing individual with shaving foam on his face. This fascination continued into the latter half of the 20th century, from Sci-Fi classic Star Trek and British TV show The Clangers, to influencing The Adventures of Tintin illustrator Hergé to travel back in time to his comic edition ‘Destination Moon’, illustrating Tintin and friends greeting a startled Neil Armstrong with roses and a welcome sign. Fast-forward 50 years, and the legacy of the Moon landing remains every bit as vital. Its impact even permeated into the classic kid’s film Toy Story, basing Buzz Lightyear’s name on none other than Astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Not just a film about talking toys, the franchise relayed the message to younger generations to work together and strive for better – to infinity and beyond! Horology “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” – and one huge spring in the world of watches! Buzz Aldrin wore an Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph whilst taking his first steps on the Moon, and – much to the delight of Omega’s marketing team, we’re sure! – the ‘Moonwatch’ was born. Yet horology’s obsession with our lunar neighbour began many centuries before. With its links to the calendars of many civilisations, it was only a matter of time before somebody created the first mechanism capable of tracking the phase of the Moon. Now, we weren’t that person; but Calibre JJ04, the in-house modification that features inside our new C1 Moonglow, marks a brilliant entry into one of the most romantic genres of watchmaking. Remaining accurate to a day every 128 years of the Luna cycle, the C1 Moonglow is admirable whilst still affordable. The moon glides gracefully across the star-filled night sky, enhanced with Grade X1 GL C1 Super-LumiNova® to create that truly special glow. One of the brightest watches we’ve ever made, we hope you’ll agree its visuals are simply out-of-this-world! Discover the Lunar Collection, containing both the C1 Moonglow and C1 Grand Malvern Moonphase. View the full article
  12. For those who had been waiting for our motorsport collection to add a three-handed automatic option to its ranks, the C7 Rapide Automatic is the thrilling addition they've been waiting for. After much positive customer feedback, we are also very pleased to introduce a striking diamond-like carbon (DLC) black and red case combination to the range - this is a sleek speedster of a watch. Description After the success of the C7 Rapide Day Date COSC, a limited edition distinctive in our motorsport Collection for its diamond-like carbon (DLC) case and contrasting red aluminium band, we received a number of requests for that same design to become part of the C7 Rapide Automatic family. In this case [excuse the pun], we were only too happy to oblige! Comprised of four separate pieces that have been inspired by the sleek architecture of high-performance sports cars, assembly is a complex process. Its lugs, for example - turned and milled to create their distinctive curved shape - also help support the middle part of the case, while a matte red aluminium band provides a slimmer feel. A clever cohesion of smooth arcs and textures, it's rounded off with our twin-flag logo engraved on the crown and its deep-stamped backplate. From one glance at its dial, the Rapide Automatic's automotive influences are immediately apparent: double-height and polished numerals - filled in their centre with SuperLuminova for enhanced legibility - alternate with sloping and faceted indexes. A full minute track with inner triple minute marks provides all-important precision reading the time, its first ten minutes highlighted like a dashboard's rev counter to match the colour of its second hand. Our award-winning 'twin flag' logo appears at 12 o'clock. Movement With 26 jewels and an anti-shock system (necessary for ensuring smooth timekeeping throughout those tight chicanes), the Sellita sw200-1 is an industry-revered movement. Dependable and accurate, it features a self-winding mechanism and a 38 hour power reserve, while a date wheel sits at 3 o'clock. Boasting a classic frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (that's eight ticks a second), the SW200-1 powers the C7 Rapide Automatic with supreme precision. Technical Diameter: 42mm Height: 11.15mm Weight: 70g Calibre: Sellita SW200-1 Case: 316L stainless steel and aluminium Water resistance: 10 ATM (100 metres) Vibrations: 28,800 per hour Timing tolerance: -20/+20 seconds/day Dial colour: Black Lume: SuperLuminova SLN-T-C1 Strap width: 22mm Strap colour: Black Lug to lug: 48.2mm Features Swiss made 26 jewel self-winding mechanical movement 38 hour power reserve Date calendar Black DLC coated marine-grade stainless steel and red aluminium four-piece case Black anodised aluminium bezel with 5 minute markers Deep-stamped screw-down backplate Embossed screw-down crown Anti-reflective flat sapphire crystal Polished indexes filled with SuperLuminova Unique engraved serial number Piccari leather strap with marine-grade stainless steel dress clasp Hand-finished high density webbed strap with stainless steel buckle
  13. Retro watches have never been more in demand. Which is why Christopher Ward’s C65 Trident GMT is perfect for today – a timepiece that harks back to the past, yet also boasts modern standards of engineering and reliability. Want to know more? Here are five reasons why it should be your next watch. It works with how you dress today While some still wear a suit to the office, for many of us an unstructured blazer, selvedge jeans and a pair of brogues is the order of the day – precisely the sort of outfit made for the C65 Trident GMT. With its mid-century looks, 41mm case and contrasting red-blue ‘Pepsi’ bezel, the watch has enough retro cues to catch the eye of the most discerning style aficionado. “The GMT looks as good with a sweatshirt as it does with a formal jacket,” says Christopher Ward’s head of design, Adrian Buchmann. “You can wear it with anything, anywhere and at any time of the day.” It pays tribute to a legend – without copying it The first – and most famous – ‘GMT’ watch was the Rolex GMT-Master, launched in 1954 (Ref. 6542). Initially designed for Pan AM pilots, its fourth hand and 24-hour bezel enabled the wearer to tell the time, not just at home, but also in another time zone. Later, further clarification was added by splitting the bezel into ‘day’ and ‘night’ zones by the use of contrasting colours – the most iconic of which was the red-blue ‘Pepsi’ combination. At Baselworld 2018, both Rolex and Tudor launched new ‘Pepsi’ GMTs. “When we saw the reaction to the new Pepsis, we thought, why not do our own?” says Adrian. “However, it had to be on our terms. That’s why we went with the C65 as it has a much thinner bezel, helping it stand out from other, chunkier ‘Pepsi’ GMTs and our own C60 Trident GMT.” The build quality is hard to match The vintage-influenced C65 range has been a massive success for Christopher Ward, and holding the C65 Trident GMT in your hand it’s easy to see why. What’s striking is how it feels both light and sturdy – a tribute to Adrian’s subtle design and the quality of the brushed-and-polished 41mm case. “It’s perfectly proportioned,” says Adrian. “Not too big, not too small, not too sporty, not too classic. It’s a daily beater. You can wear it in any situation – whether you’re in the boardroom or on your way to the pool. And as it’s waterproof to 150 metres, it’s ideal for diving, too.” It boasts engineering and construction in perfect harmony A watch of this quality would be short-changed by anything but a high-quality movement, and the Sellita SW330 GMT calibre is certainly no slouch. Beating at 28,800 times an hour, when fully wound it provides 42 hours of continuous timekeeping with a tolerance of 20 seconds a day. The bezel, meanwhile, is another revelation. Because steel can’t hold bright colours, the C65 GMT’s bezel is made from anodised aluminium, with the numbers filled in with white lacquer. Working out the time in another country has never been so easy. You won’t be able to stop looking at it (and neither will anyone else) The C65 Trident GMT could well be the most striking watch Christopher Ward has ever made – a stunning tribute to the golden age of ‘tool’ watches. Whether you’re using it for regular timekeeping or keeping an eye on what time the New York/Tokyo office is open, its clean lines, unfussy dial (now with a date window) and stand-out fourth hand will ensure it always gets attention. Add in the option of a metal bracelet, leather or webbing strap, and you’ve got a watch that ticks both style and timekeeping boxes. Tempted? Maybe it’s time you took Christopher Ward’s own ‘Pepsi’ challenge? The C65 Trident GMT starts at just £895. More information here View the full article
  14. In the rarefied world of haute horology, the movement is the acknowledged star. There’s a reason for this. Mechanical movements not only deliver accurate timekeeping but are a sign of traditional watchmaking expertise. Seeing a movement whirring away through the back of a watch is to glimpse a magical world of cogs, wheels, barrels and springs. All in miniature. The case, on the other hand, receives far less attention and is often taken for granted. What is there to talk about? The answer is rather a lot. A case not only holds the movement, dial and crystal in place but is the public face of a watch. An exceptional case is one of the defining characteristics of an iconic timepiece – think Jaeger LeCoultre’s Reverso or Heuer’s Monaco for proof – and is the main the physical interface between the watch and the wearer’s wrist. Which is why when Christopher Ward began to redefine itself three years ago, case design was one of the critical elements that had to be overhauled for the company to be considered a serious player in the industry. To senior product designer, Jorg Bader Jr, this improvement is a sign of broader progress throughout the business. “We’ve made huge strides with our case designs, and a consistent aesthetic has developed,” he says. “We’ve started calling them our ‘light-catcher’ cases, because of the way light bounces off them.” A process that began with the C1 Grand Malvern has now reached the company’s iconic diving watch, the C60 Trident, and its three new models: the Trident Pro 600, Trident GMT 600 and Trident Elite 1000 Limited Edition. “On the C60, we’ve designed it so wears beautifully on the wrist, despite the fact it has to be thick to work at a depth of at least 600m,” says Adrian Buchmann, Christopher Ward’s Head of Design. “It has the same design philosophy as the other ‘light-catcher’ cases, but a more masculine, powerful look.” On the wrist, the Trident feels as solid ever, but thanks to Adrian’s ingenious design it now sits lower on the wrist, enabling it to slide under a cuff with ease. “The swage lines around the sides are crucial,” he says. “With this watch, we initially got it almost right – but not quite. We started to think the ‘waist’ was maybe a millimetre too high – so we redid the entire design to bring that down by just a fraction, giving the perfect balance between polished and unpolished elements.” One thing that strikes the wear is the interplay of light on the case’s brushed, and polished surfaces. It reminds that we’re experiencing something built, not just for timekeeping, but pleasure, too. The Trident has always been a watch that you could wear at the pool, in the sea or at a board meeting, but the sleeker feel – alongside all the other new developments like the improved dial and hands – takes it to a whole new level. “We’re lucky that our case manufacturer is as obsessed with quality as we are,” says co-founder Mike France. “He wouldn’t stop until he’d perfectly replicated Adrian’s design. And you can feel that obsession every time you wear the Trident 3.” For Adrian, the case is a homage to the great timepieces of the 1960s and ’70s which so influence his work. “I love vintage watches,” he says. “They had beautifully engineered cases which managed to hold the thicker movements of the time. Then in the 1990s and 2000s, the watch sector became more ‘industrial’ and case design more basic. Some brands lost the soul through this. But a great case adds intricacy and emotional depth.” Like the painstaking work that went into creating the Trident’s sublime new diving bezel or the attention to detail you’ll see on the dial, the case is another step in Christopher Ward’s mission to create the world’s best watches at prices that belie their quality. For Adrian Buchmann, the company is starting to reach its full potential. “We’re not at the level of Rolex – yet,” he says. “But we’re second or third in line. And the light-catcher case is a reflection of that. Other brands could do it, but they’d prefer to keep the money and not invest in their products. Our case is an outward sign of the inner quality of the watch.” Discover more about the reimagined, re-engineered Trident 3 Collection here. View the full article
  15. In watchmaking, as in so many other things, it’s the details that matter. So when Christopher Ward decided to update its bestselling Trident dive watch, giving it a design refresh wasn’t good enough – every element had to be improved. And that started with the bezel. “There was nothing wrong with the previous bezel – it still ranks up there with the best,” says Christopher Ward co-founder Mike France. “But it wasn’t as pleasing to the senses as we thought it could be. We knew it could be better.” If you’re not familiar with how a dive-watch bezel works, or have been too scared to ask (entering the world of horology can sometimes be a little intimidating), it’s worth knowing. Introduced around 1953 by Rolex and Blancpain on their Submariner and Fifty Fathoms models, the bezel helps divers gauge their time underwater. It’s easy to do – you match the dot at 12 o’clock on the bezel with the minute hand. By doing this you can see how long you’ve been underwater without having to remember what time you went in. It’s also unidirectional because if you knock it, you can only move it in the direction that would show you’ve been longer in the water than you actually have – another useful safeguard. But how a bezel works is just a small part of its significance. Like the satisfying clunk you get when you close the door on a perfectly engineered car, it’s also a sign of quality. And for Christopher Ward’s head of product design, Adrian Buchmann, one that buyers engage with almost immediately. The new C60 Trident Pro 600 Mk 3, complete with scratch-resistant zirconia ceramic bezel “Most of the people who buy a diving watch aren’t going to dive,” says Adrian. “But they’ll turn the bezel to hear the click, so they need to feel precision and sturdiness. When we began work on the Trident 3, we knew we had to improve it.” In what resembled a horological version of a 1960s spy movie, Mike France, Adrian and senior product manager Jörg Bader Jr toured London’s finest watch shops, comparing the bezels on high-end dive watches, sometimes even recording the results on their phones. On their return, they concluded the gold standard was the Rolex Submariner. Now they had something to aim for. After a period of experimentation, the team created a bezel with completely different engineering to the previous incarnation. “Most bezels have a flat piece of metal that sticks out to make sure it only moves in one direction,” says Adrian. “But our new version has a tube with a spring inside and a metal piece in the top that goes up and down in a vertical axis. It’s incredibly precise.” A quick spin shows where he’s coming from. There’s a satisfying smoothness to the movement that brings to mind the sound and feel of a combination lock on a safe door. But the upgrade doesn’t end here – there’s also the small matter of increased visibility in the dark. “If there was one complaint about the last Trident, it was that the lume wasn’t quite strong enough,” says Mike France. “So with the new version, not only have we increased the lume by 138 per cent, but we’ve deep-filled the bezel’s numbers, too. And by using the best lume Super-LumiNova® produces, we’ve delivered maximum visibility no matter how dark it is.” The Grade X1 GL C1 Super-LumiNova® used on Trident 3’s bezel features in many of the world’s best watches Of course, the improved bezel, which is standard across all new Tridents, is just one part of the watch’s offering, but it’s also a sign of Christopher Ward’s maturity, self-confidence and individuality. “We were incredibly happy when we signed off against a bezel that we believe can’t get any better,” says Mike. “But even though it’s better than everyone else’s, it’s still a smidgen beneath the Submariner. Which means there’s room for improvement on Trident 4!” Time to take it for a spin then. Discover the Trident 3 Collection. View the full article
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