Christopher Ward presents C60 Concept, a brand new Swiss made automatic dive watch endowed with haute horlogerie features.
The C60 Concept boasts a brushed and polished 42mm Grade 2 Titanium case. It houses the company’s in-house-designed and assembled SH21 calibre, of which over 8,000 have now been produced for Christopher Ward’s premium models. Launched in 2014 after four years in design and development, it has now powered 20 models, of which the C60 Concept is, appropriately, the 21st.
Four automatic and six manual movements form the SH21’s list of 10 variants, among them versions with central or small seconds, with or without power reserve indicators, and with or without date. All are COSC-certified chronometers. For the C60 Concept, the version chosen is the 31-jewel automatic variant with central seconds. The open-working affords a full view of the movement from both sides. Even the rotor has been skeletonised to ensure that nothing is obscured.
In this C60 Concept iteration, the SH21 calibre incorporates high-end finishing techniques usually found in Swiss made haute-horlogerie timepieces. Armin Strom was consulted for the skeletonising, while the SH21 is finished at Chronode, including the detailing of the bridges and base plate.
It’s impossible to separate the essential, physical details from the hand-applied finishing, for both combine to create the visual impact. The view of the skeleton movement is so deep that it seems like enhanced 3D. The effect is heightened by the mix of finishes on the various surfaces, with contrasting rhodium and grey ruthenium accented by white details and polished edges.
For the functional elements which contribute to the C60 Concept’s suitability as a genuine diving watch, these attributes include an embossed screw-in crown and screw-down exhibition caseback, a 120-step unidirectional zirconia ceramic bezel, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, brushed and polished steel hands, sandblasted, brushed and polished blue ring with Super-LumiNova® White filling and orange Globolight® Triangle, and Super-LumiNova® White hands, dial and bezel.
The fully skeletonised in-house movement, with twin barrels offers a 5-day (120 hours) power reserve, in a titanium case. The watch is water resistant up to 300m.
The watch comes fitted on a Cordura® and rubber hybrid waterproof strap with Christopher Ward buckle and quick-release pins for easy changing.
Also available is a Titanium Grade 2 bracelet with the same quick-release system for easy changing. An added frisson is the exclusivity: only 210 pieces will be produced.
In-house 31 jewel Calibre SH21 automatic movement
120-hour power reserve
Chronometer (COSC) certified
Tolerance:-4/+6 seconds per day
Brushed and polished Titanium Grade 2 case
Diameter: 42.00 mm
Lug to lug: 49.30 mm
Screw-down exhibition caseback
Unidirectional zirconia ceramic bezel (120 clicks)
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 30 ATM / 300 metres
Sandblasted, brushed and polished blue dial ring with Super-LumiNova® White (BL) filling and orange Globolight® Triangle (BL)
Super-LumiNova® White (BL) hands and bezel
Brushed and polished hands
Cordura® and rubber hybrid waterproof strap or Titanium Grade 2 bracelet
Strap width: 22.00 mm
Limited edition of 210 pieces
Suggested retail price
£3,495/ $4,370 / €4,440