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  1. Sporting a PVD gold case and black detailing, the C65 Black Gold builds upon the foundation of our C65 Trident Diver with an additional warmth that complements its slim vintage aesthetic. Powered by a Swiss-made mechanical movement, this 200-piece limited edition channels the glamour and cool of the '60s - although its modern-day build quality proves today's era has some benefits too! Description The prominence of our C65 Trident Collection can be traced back to one watch: the C65 Trident Diver. The new C65 Black Gold is a celebration of the Diver; yet the introduction of its black and gold colour scheme emphasises its vintage cues even more impressively. The Black Gold's dial doesn't stray from what many enjoyed about the original: large Arabic numerals at 12 and 6 o'clock, along with rectangular indexes and hands, have been filled with Old Radium Super-LumiNova. Printed white second markers, combined with minute markers and numerals on its unidirectional aluminium bezel, add to the C65's tool watch feel. Yet the real success of the Black Gold lies in the combination of its black dial and bezel with a PVD gold case. The hue that adorns the C65's arcing 'light-catcher' case design accentuates the Old Radium detailing across its dial, while its famous deep-stamped Trident backplate is finished in black diamond-like carbon (DLC). Powered by a Swiss-made Sellita SW210 - a hand-wound movement similar to those used throughout the 1960s - this 200-piece limited edition wears its bold vintage influences proudly. Movement Behind the Black Gold's trident-stamped caseback - there were no display backs during the 60s - a Swiss-made Sellita SW210 hand-wound movement keeps excellent time. A slim movement at only 3.35mm high, the Sellita 210-1 shares many of the same components as its self-winding cousin, the Sellita SW200-1. A classic frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (that's eight ticks a second) delivers 42 hours of continuous, accurate timekeeping once fully wound. Significantly, it has been also decorated with Christopher Ward's distinctive Colimacone pattern. It's a feature that few will ever see, but remains indicative of the commitment to detail throughout this special watch. Technical Diameter: 41mm Height: 11.55mm Weight: 65g Calibre: Sellita SW210 Vibrations: 28,800 per hour (4 Hz) Timing tolerance: +15/-15 seconds per day Case: 316L Stainless Steel Water resistance: 15 ATM (150 metres) Dial colour: Black Lume: Old Radium Super-LumiNova Lug to Lug: 47.1mm Strap width: 22mm Strap colour: Black Features Swiss made 19 jewel hand-wound movement 42 hour power reserve Central hacking seconds Anti-shock system Christopher Ward 'Colimacone' finish on movement Gold-toned PVD-coated marine-grade stainless steel case Black DLC screw-down backplate with High Definition "Trident" motif Push-in crown stamped with twin flag motif Unidirectional aluminium bezel "Glass box" sapphire crystal Matte finish dial Twin flags debossed at 12 o'clock Old Radium Super-LumiNova indexes and hands Signature Trident counter-balance on seconds hand Unique engraved serial number Cordura and rubber hybrid waterproof strap with DLC (diamond-like carbon)-coated Christopher Ward buckle and quick-release pins for easy changing Eco-friendly luxury presentation case and owner's handbook
  2. Inspired by Scottish Opera's 'Anthropocene', this 300-piece limited edition integrates the production's icy wilderness setting into its very design. Powered by a Sellita SW330 movement whose vivid orange GMT hand is read against a blackened 24-hour bezel, the C65 Anthropocene's textured white dial is a uniquely striking reminder of the Opera's eco-conscious message. Description Marking the first time Christopher Ward has created a concept-based watch, this new C65's stark appearance was unleashed by Scottish Opera's 'Anthropocene' - a production that sees a stranded scientific crew discover a creature in the Arctic ice having been looking for ancient samples uncovered by climate change. Using the C65 Trident GMT as its starting point, the Anthropocene retains the range's '60s dive watch looks but strips away the near entirety of its remaining colour palette; its dial is finished in a matte white, with an inclined ring around its exterior conveying a sense of depth. Upholding the snowed-out aesthetic, white Super-LumiNova is used throughout. An apt addition for the Anthropocene has been made to its hands: a new black PVD finish matches its anodised aluminium 24-hour bezel insert, whilst offering a striking contrast against its dial. Indeed, an orange GMT hand offers the only moment of colour - a visual representation of the minute human presence at the heart of the opera's vast setting. Stark in appearance - much like its operatic inspiration's message - the C65 Anthropocene is a 300-piece limited edition that'll add a different kind of cool to your collection. Movement At its heart, the C65 Anthropocene is a watch born for travel thanks to its GMT-ready Sellita SW330 movement (although we hope its wearer doesn't end up in a similar predicament to the stricken characters in the opera!). This Swiss-made automatic calibre features a fourth GMT hand which is read against the C65's 24-hour bezel, allowing its wearer to simultaneously track the time in another time zone. An anti-shock system ensures peace of mind for the more adventurous of owners, ensuring the Anthropocene can sustain a number of knocks and bumps - all whilst maintaining a smooth eight ticks per second. Technical Diameter: 41mm Height:12.05mm Weight: 71g Calibre: Sellita SW330 Case: 316L stainless steel Vibrations: 28,800 per hour (4 Hz) Timing tolerance: +20/-20 seconds per day Water resistance: 15 ATM (150 metres) Dial colour: White Lume: TC-1 SuperLumiNova Lug to Lug: 47.1mm Strap width: 22mm Strap colour: Black/Orange Features Limited Edition of 300 pieces Swiss made 25 jewel self-winding mechanical movement 42 hour power reserve Dual-time GMT function Date calendar Central hacking seconds Anti-shock system Brushed and polished marine-grade stainless steel case Push-in crown stamped with twin flag motif Unidirectional stainless steel 24hr bezel with black anodised aluminium insert "Glass box" sapphire crystal Matte finish dial Twin flags debossed at 12 o'clock Black PVD-coated hands with orange GMT hand Signature Trident counter-balance on seconds hand White SuperLumiNova indexes and hands High Definition "Trident" motif screw-down backplate 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. Robert Frost’s short, famous poem starts with apocalypse – the lines above – and ends with a wry little joke. We can only hope, in this era of melting ice caps, rising sea levels and endless hurricane seasons, that we too end up with a smile on our faces. Of course, one way to ensure at least a little grin is through the C65 Anthropocene, a go-anywhere, do-anything watch with a uniquely crisp, clean look – and one of the most genuinely useful complications in all horology. But though a beautifully simple piece in many ways, it actually has quite a complicated story behind it: one that takes in the pressing issue of climate change, an old art form in one of its most modern incarnations, the burgeoning career of the offspring of one of Christopher Ward’s founders, the company’s renewed commitment to green issues, and the appeal of the clean, modern and practical in the face of the complex, old and esoteric. Let us explain – and perhaps we should start with opera. There are few art forms with quite the history this has – a key part of the Western musical tradition, it spread from late 16th century Italy right across Europe in only 20 or 30 years – or that are quite as polarising in their appeal. Basically, opera is amazing – but it’s never been for everyone. Some of classical music’s biggest, most knowledgeable fans find themselves respecting opera, yes, but never really getting it. Others love it from the off. And for a fair few, the epiphany comes late in life. Just as people may suddenly find themselves with a taste for whisky, or tokay, or strong blue cheese, opera unexpectedly starts making sense to them. The ornate surroundings of a traditional opera hall One natural comparison is with ballet, an art form that opera has much in common with; both tell simple yet often fantastical stories though a medium of great beauty, be it human movement or the human voice. Yet even ballet lovers sometimes take against opera. It’s crude and melodramatic and over exaggerated, or so run the more common criticisms. An art form populated by static, oversized singers doing things no normal human ever would – like singing their hearts out right after getting stabbed through said organ. And in Italian too, so most of us have little idea what they’re actually saying. On one level it’s hard to argue with most of this. But at the same time, of course, it just doesn’t matter. Think on this, for instance. How many of our most popular singers have the pipes to perform at full pelt for hours – sometimes accompaniment free – in front of thousands? Hardly any; yet opera singers do exactly that, and seemingly effortlessly too. The fact that we don’t always understand the detail of what they’re on about can be part of the magic too – sometimes the heartfelt and beautiful is actually better without any hum-drum specifics to spoil the intensity. We’re mostly talking here, of course, about classical opera: amazing pieces by Mozart and Puccini, Donizetti and Verdi. In watch terms, these might be a 1940s Patek Philippe chronograph, a Vacheron Constantin Tour de I’lle, a Breguet pocket watch from 1814… Old, rare, undeniably beautiful – but hard to imagine fitting into our everyday lives. There’s another tradition, though – a more recent and, some would say, more vibrant and exciting one. We’re talking about modern opera, covering contemporary themes through experimental staging – and often sung in English. You might get the Oedipus myth set in 19th century Maine (Emmeline, 1996); watch an Irish football hero survive paralysis in the trenches of WWII (The Silver Tassel, 2002); or witness dinner party guests mysteriously unable to leave, as chaos inevitably ensues (The Exterminating Angel, 2016). Jennifer France as Ice in ‘Anthropocene’. Photo: James Glossop And then there’s a recent favourite of the team at Christopher Ward – Anthropocene, a 2019 opera informed by horror movies like The Thing and the historical ice-field adventures of Scott and Shackleton, while at the same time tackling head-on certain increasingly pressing environmental issues. (Indeed, the very name comes from the concept that we’re entering a new geological age – one in which human activity has become the dominant influence of the environment.) For the key role of Ice – a woman dug out of an ice block, Captain America-style, by a near-future Arctic expedition – Jenni France, daughter of CW co-founder Mike France, essayed the sort of assured performance that’s made her one of modern opera’s rising stars. This is a world the C65 Anthropocene fits into rather nicely: a modern, accessible, practical limited edition watch actually named for said opera, and one of the most exciting incarnations yet of Christopher Ward’s highly popular 1960s-inspired diver. Powered by Sellita’s SW330 automatic GMT movement, it boasts the striking combination of a uniquely textured matte white dial with a sharply contrasting orange-tipped GMT hand. It’s a striking, unusual colour scheme that speaks of windswept Arctic Wastes and bright orange snowmobiles and survival suits. Then there’s that useful sweet-spot size – 41mm, currently the wristwatch equivalent of Baby Bear’s porridge for many of us – and the much-admired case design of the C65; the real-world usefulness of the GMT function – and the ability to simultaneously display two time zones is surely more handy than any more esoteric complication – is not to be sniffed at either. This is not a watch with great history to it – nor the extreme price point that often comes with that, of course. But then it never pretended to be. It’s simply handsome, useful, and – starting at £995 – incredibly good value, with a percentage of each sale going towards ClientEarth, the pioneering environmental law charity, dedicated to taking governments to court (and winning). It suits the modern world – and the world that’s coming – perfectly. For more on ClientEarth, visit their website here. To discover the C65 Anthropocene, it’s available on our website now. View the full article
  4. 135-piece Limited Edition Bold and beautiful, the C9 AM GT's black, white and red-splashed dial vibrantly evokes the thrill of the Zagato, one of the most iconic sports cars ever created. Like any prestigious automobile, this 135-piece limited edition will enthrall all whose eyes glimpse its dashboard-influenced dial and power reserve indicator - the only difference here being that the C9 AM GT won't make your heart race when you see its price! Description It's unlikely many will gain the opportunity to sit inside one of the most exclusive sports cars of all time, but with a dial reminiscent of the dashboard detailing inside the world-famous Zagato, the new C9 AM GT may just be the next best thing. The appearance of this 135-piece limited edition may well seem familiar to some older CW aficionados. For those who missed out on 2016's C9 DB4 '1 VEV', a 19-piece limited edition that incorporated metal of historical provenance into its backplate, the C9 AM GT features many of the same design cues; yet without a segment of a Zagato body panel inside, you can enjoy the same rev counter-inspired power reserve indicator, speedometer-influenced numerals and inclined outer dial ring at just a fraction of the original's price. And that's not all: marking a final goodbye to our long-standing C9 case, this C9 AM GT is a bold cohesion of modern engineering and vintage style. Much like the car that inspired it, we expect the C9 AM GT to fly off the starting grid! Movement From ETA's Valgranges Series (the 'Valgranges' indicates its relationship to the Valjoux 7750, also manufactured in Gretchen = 'granges'), the AO7 is a self-winding calibre with unidirectional winding and central-hacking seconds. It's also got a power reserve of 46 hours which is indicated on the dial, and comes courtesy of some clever decoupling that releases tension from the mainspring. Technical Diameter: 43mm Height: 15.1mm Weight: 95g Calibre: ETA Valgranges A07.161 Case: 316L stainless steel Water resistance: 3 ATM (30 metres) Vibrations: 28,800 per hour (4 Hz) Timing tolerance: -15/+15 seconds per day Dial colour: Black matte Lume: Super-LumiNova Grade T-C1 Strap width: 22mm Lug to Lug: 51.5mm Features Limited edition of 135 pieces Swiss made Self-winding 24 jewel movement 46 hour power reserve with indicator at 6 o'clock Cotes De Geneve finish on rotor Surgical-grade stainless steel case Museum-grade anti-reflective sapphire crystal Push-in crown stamped with twin flag motif Speedometer-inspired dial with Super-LumiNova markings Black matte finish dial with inclining outer ring Brushed, polished and curved steel hands Super-LumiNova Grade T-C1 hands, indexes and numerals Exhibition backplate with unique engraved serial number Piccari leather strap with marine-grade stainless steel dress clasp Luxury presentation case and owner's handbook
  5. Just to clear up a point before anyone asks: no, nobody within the CW team has taken up cave diving. Referring instead to our second ‘Out-of-home’ campaign, consisting of an influx of Christopher Ward advertising across the London Underground and throughout the capital’s railway stations and newspapers, this new surge of activity is far less precarious – but equally as exciting. What exactly is an Out-of-home campaign? Essentially, it refers to the ads found upon screens and posters in public places, with its focus on London-based terminals and newsstands ensuring they reach a wide range of demographics. With many commuting into the capital for work connected to the internet via their phones and laptops, these adverts serve a double purpose. Not only do they raise awareness of the brand in an affluent city, but their taglines and content – often humorous in nature – shine a light on the distinctive quality to price equation that separates Christopher Ward from many brands on the market. Each is then underlined by an invitation to ‘Do Your Research’, referencing the section of our site designed to educate about watchmaking and the brand in general. Following our debut Out-of-home campaign last November, its success warranted a bigger and better effort this time round. Starting a month and a half earlier, and in more places than before – we’re appearing in City AM as well as the Evening Standard, for example – the campaign sees us appear in all matter of spaces, big and small. There’s the ‘cross track’ banners found across from the platform on the Underground (a map with the various locations of these can be found below) or the 20 second videos played on Transvision screens that question the concept of luxury. Other unique spaces offered our marketing team the opportunity to get creative with the ads filling them – think tailoring an ad next to the crossword to look like a clue of the puzzle adjacent. Building up through October and November (apt, with Christmas just around the corner), this grander operation reflects the growing status of the brand as it reaches adolescence, making itself at home among the iconic names that adorn the London advertising landscape. With that said, we’d like to hear your thoughts about the campaign; you can either send them direct to marketing@christopherward.co.uk, or you can tag us via social media: Facebook: christopherwardlondon Twitter: chriswardlondon Instagram: chriswardlondon View the full article
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
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