By Harlan Chapman-Green
Christopher Ward is an English watch company founded in 2004, but you probably already knew that. What you might not know is that they were the first company to only sell their watches directly to the customer through an online system rather than high street jewellers or any other means. Their new watch, the C60 Trident Chronograph Pro 600 appears to have taken on a Ulysse Nardin look to it with fantastic results.
The design comes from a Swiss designer called Adrain Buchmann who joined the Christopher Ward team at their main headquarters in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England. He was appointed as their senior designer back in July 2015 to lead their watches into new and more exciting places design wise, he also works closely with the development team of Christopher Ward’s Atelier in Biel, Switzerland.
The watch appears to be thoroughly robust and very rugged in its design with noticeable features like the big lugs, wide ceramic diving bezel and thick hands on the dial showing off the masculinity of the owner of the watch. This contrasts with the relaxing blue colours of the dial and hands, saying to an onlooker that the owner can be as laid back as they can intense, a unique feature that the stock colour black simply cannot do for a watch. There are some other features of the watch that have this effect as well, the two sundials for the chronograph are yellow as well as the central seconds hand, suggesting visibility in all conditions can still be fun. The inner part of the dial also has a wave texture added to it, a feature that is enjoyed by a lot of Omega fans on their older Seamster watches and one which when applied here fits in a treat and keeps the eyes on the dial.
It’s not just a fad made by a company no one’s heard of, this watch. Christopher Ward puts real engineering into their pieces and this one’s no exception to the fact. The case is made of 316L marine grade steel (the same used by Omega among many others I should add) and ensures the ETA 7750 automatic winding movement lasts all the way down to 600m below sea level. Christopher Ward offers us this watch with either a stainless steel bracelet for £1455 ($2100) or with a blue rubber strap for £1395 ($2000). For that you get a 43mm sports watch with a chronograph, date, hacking seconds and 48 hours of power reserve, not to mention it genuinely does look good as well, bargain. For more info, please visit christopherward.co.uk
HARLAN CHAPMAN-GREEN – MANAGING EDITOR
A keen bass guitar player, Harlan enjoys all the perks modern watchmaking technologies the industry has to offer. Although you might catch him sampling Omegas or the “odd” Rolex, Harlan loves all things Haute Horology, with his three favourite brands being Breguet, A.Lange & Söhne and Vacheron Constantin. He hopes to study timekeeping more in depth someday and will never be able to thank his father enough for introducing him to the industry. You can follow him on Instagram Read his articles here