To mark fifth anniversary of its in-house developed Calibre SH21, luxury watch maker Christopher Ward has created the 100-piece C60 Apex limited edition diving watch.
Five years on from the initial release of Calibre SH21, CW’s in-house movement complete with 120 hour power reserve, the intricate craftsmanship and engineering revealed through the C60 Apex Limited Edition’s skeletonised front and back represents the pinnacle of the brand’s horological prowess today.
The first and only commercially viable movement created by a British watch brand in 50 years, Calibre SH21’s twin barrel construction providing 120 hours of timekeeping when fully wound. Every SH21 has also been certified by COSC, meaning not only a timing tolerance of just -4/+6 seconds per day, but each sits within the top 6% of all Swiss-made watches for accuracy.
Water-resistant to 300m even with the presence of an exhibition caseback, Christopher Ward teamed up with Swiss skeleton watch specialists Armin Strom to help showcase as much of Calibre SH21 as possible. Most prominent is a hollowed-out aluminium and tungsten rotor, finished in orange, along with a skeletonised bridge that reveals the engineering at work inside.
The same approach has been applied to the C60 Apex’s front: SH21’s exposed hour wheel has received a circular brushed finish, with other sections cutaway for optimum effect. But it’s the power reserve indicator residing at nine o’clock that will grab the wearer’s attention most; an orange indicator hand rests upon a 3D bridge, with polished screws securing it against a ring around the edge of the dial. Sporting a powerful navy blue, orange and steel colour palette, the C60 Apex is a blend of colour, texture and depth.
Located on the side of its sleek and sophisticated ‘light-catcher’ case, a helium release valve reinforces the C60 Apex as a diving tool to be relied upon. X1 GL C1 Super-LumiNova® – the best possible lume Christopher Ward could source – has then been applied to the C60 Apex’s multi-faceted hands and indexes, along with the markings and numerals found on its unidirectional ZrO² ceramic countdown bezel, allowing it to be read in the darkest of seas.
Brushed and polished marine-grade stainless steel case
Lug to Lug: 54mm
Unidirectional zirconia ceramic bezel
Integrated automatic helium release valve
Anti-reflective domed sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 30 ATM (300 metres)
Exhibition backplate with unique engraved serial number
Self-winding chronometer with power reserve complication and date display
120-hour power reserve
Frequency: 28,800 per hour
Timing tolerance: -4/+6 seconds per day
Skeletonised bridge and decorated barrels, with anodised aluminium and tungsten rotor
Hour, minute, central seconds, date
Semi-open dial with circular brushed Ruthenium ring, engraved Ruthenium plate and orange anodised aluminium bridge
Bevelled blue outer ring with white minute markers
Blue power reserve indicator ring with orange numerals and circular brushed rhodium outer ring
Altimeter-inspired 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 counterbalance on seconds hand
Limited Edition of 100 pieces