The past few weeks have seen a number of developments from Christopher Ward, including new Trident and Jumping Hour models – as well as a commendable commitment on prices.
First of all, let’s look at the new Trident collection. This is now spearheaded by a limited edition COSC-certified C60 Trident – below – which is notable as it marks the introduction of Christopher Ward’s debut in-house caliber, the SH21, into the Trident collection. The SH21 was first released last year in the C9 Harrison 5-day chronometer, and was developed in collaboration with Synergie Horloges SA, which later merged with Christopher Ward.
The C9 came in at 43mm wide, while the new COSC trident is a trifle slimmer at 42mm. It’s being offered in 300 pieces, all in the stainless steel case of the Trident, with a choice of black leather strap or steel bracelet. The C60 Trident COSC starts at £1,500 and is currently available to pre-order on christopherward.co.uk.
It’s water-resistant to 600m like the Trident Pro, and comes with the same unidirectional rotating bezel and date window at 3 o’clock. Christopher Ward fans will have noticed that this Trident has had a dial refresh as well – gone are the dot markers for the hours, replaced by slim applied indexes.
This overhaul is carried through to the main Trident range, where Christopher Ward has added the C60 Trident Pro 600 and C60 Trident GMT 600. Both, as you might guess, are water-resistant to 600m, and Christopher Ward says that the build quality elsewhere has been upgraded. A range of new colour options has been released: see a selection below, with the GMT on the right.
Interestingly, the Trident 600 Pro is available in 38mm and 42mm versions – a nod to both unisex appeal and the general trend towards downsizing – while the GMT remains only available at 42mm. The 600 pro starts at £599 while the GMT costs from £799. Both watches have kept the same movements as the old Trident; the 600 Pro uses either the ETA 2824-2 or the Sellita SW200-1, and the GMT uses the ETA 2893-2.
At the entry point to the Trident range we still have the C60 Trident 300; now also available in 38mm and 42mm. Again, there are new colours – much jazzier than its big brothers, perhaps reflecting the lower price point and younger appeal. The new Trident models are all available on the brand’s website now.
New jumping hour MkIII
That’s not all from Christopher Ward this year, however. The brand has also revamped its Jumping Hour piece for the second time, resulting in the C9 Jumping Hour MkIII. For the first time, this complication is being offered in a choice of sizes, at 40mm or 43mm.
It features the same modified-ETA JJ01 caliber as previous models, the proprietary jump-hour module developed by Christopher Ward’s talented young watchmaker Johannes Janke still holding up well. The main and most immediately obvious difference aside from the change in size is the dial, which is now even more minimalist than the MkII (the design traits of the rather intriguing, dressy MkI are long gone). Gone are the ’15’, ’30’ and ’45’ minute indicators, and gone are the slightly fussy Roman numerals of the jump-hour disc, replaced by clean, sans serif Arabic numerals.
The Jumping Hour MkIII is also offered for the first time with a choice of dial – as well as white, there is now a slate-grey sunburst dial in the range, but only at the larger case size. The watch has also now been reduced in price – to £995. That compares to £1,250 for the MkII and when it was still available, £1,500 for the MkI. Notably, the Jumping Hour is no longer a limited edition, but a full-production collection piece.
When I say ‘jump’, you say ‘how much?’
All of which brings us to Christopher Ward’s latest announcement: the “Club 995”. It’s not a limited members club, rather a commitment to pricing: five of the brands key models – including the aforementioned Jumping Hour MkIII will now be priced at £995, in the name of competitive business. It’s a pretty smart move.
The four other models are the C1000 Typhoon pilots’ watch, a 7750-powered stealth-black chronograph in titanium and ceramic; the C11 Titanium Extreme 1000, the brand’s uber-tough dive model, water-resistant to 1000m with a helium escape valve and oversized superluminova hands; the vintage-inspired C8 regulator (which was already priced at £995), and the C900 Worldtimer, which is another new release for the brand. Unusually for a dual-time piece, both ‘local’ and ‘home’ time indicators are centrally running off a 24-hour scale, rather than using subdials or day-night indicators.
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