Christopher Ward launches their first bronze timepiece, the C60 Trident Bronze Pro 600.
The first corrosion-resistant metal alloy known to man, bronze was a vital material to ancient warfare and sea faring however the material has only relatively recently been adopted by watchmakers. The first bronze watch cases were crafted as recently as the 1980s, with many watch brands experimenting with the material, particularly for divers’ watches.
Due to the complex manufacturing process which requires an extraordinary level of care and attention to prevent the oxidation process from materialising too soon, bronze watches of this quality have previously only been available from brands with an extravagant price tag attached. With their usual diligence, the brand has created a one-of-a-kind timepiece, which will be available at an accessible price point (RRP £795).
Since bronze alloys vary in formula, their coatings have varied effects; some age into copper, others into brown, yellow or green tones. Christopher Ward’s bronze, a Japanese-made multi-alloy bronze of copper and tin, ages to a discreet and distinguished copper brown with delicate textured hues for an individual, ‘vintage’ authenticity. Each piece will also evolve over time as it is handled, for a bespoke finish that is personalised to each individual owner.
The C60 Trident Bronze Pro 600 can be worn up to depths of 600m and is complete with a Swiss made automatic Sellita SW200 movement. The signature Trident case design is expressed in multi-alloy bronze throughout, including the bezel, middle case and crown with a stainless steel backplate.
To enhance the unusual metal’s colour, the dial is then presented in a deep-hued, marine blue with a smooth-textured matte effect. Hour and minute hands are picked out in light bronze-coloured plating and covered with A-Grade SLN Light Old Radium GL lume paint.
The characteristic second hand with its signature Trident counterbalance has also received the bronze-coloured plating to contrast against the marine blue dial. Baton-style, lume-covered indexes then complete the distinguished yet purposeful dial design. To complement the rugged bronze look and dial hue, the C60 Trident Bronze is available with a heavy textured blue canvas webbing strap, with cream-white stitching.
Smooth matte dial
SuperLuminova® indexes and hands
Signature Trident counter-balance on second hand
Luxurious presentation case and owner’s handbook
Dial Colour: Deep Blue
Lume: SuperLuminova® SLN Light Old Radium A-Grade GL
Bronze C5191 (CuSn6) case with stainless steel backplate
Lug to Lug: 51.5mm
Embossed screw-down crown
Unidirectional bronze C5191 (CuSn6) bezel with minute track
3.4mm anti-reflective flat top sapphire crystal
Screw-down deep-stamped 3D backplate
Unique engraved serial number
Case weight: 107g
Water resistance: 60 ATM (600 metres)
Calibre: Sellita SW200 Swiss made
Vibrations: 28,800 per hour
Timing tolerance: -20/+20 seconds per day
26 jewel self-winding mechanical movement
38-hour power reserve
Hour, minute, central seconds
Price and availability
Available to order from 1st November 2017
Price: £795 / $910