CHRISTOPHER WARD LAUNCHES THE C60 TRIDENT CHRONOGRAPH PRO 600 - A RADICAL NEW EXPRESSION OF AN ICONIC MODEL
When a young watch designer joins an established luxury watch brand and his first major brief is to develop a radical new expression of the brand’s most iconic model, he needs to have some great ideas ready...
Young Swiss designer Adrian Buchmann (28) rose to that challenge, taking Christopher Ward’s Trident collection to a new level with a stunning new interpretation of the mighty Trident – the C60 Trident Chronograph Pro 600. The design clearly shares the instantly recognisable Trident DNA, but Adrian’s creative new influence is immediately apparent right from first sight of the dial – this is a living, breathing Trident!
The eye is particularly drawn by two highly engaging design elements. For some, the most prominent feature will be the boldness of the deep navy and metallic yellow dial that invites closer inspection of what is probably Christopher Ward’s most detailed dial to date. For others it will be the intriguing and mesmerising 60 seconds sub-dial at the 9-o’clock position – a design inspired by a diver’s breathing regulator - which 'breathes' via a rotating disc behind a cut-out display, injecting life into this deep-sea machine.
Photographs: Christopher Ward
This dynamic feature blends design with inherent practicality, offering ease of reading for the diver and instant reassurance at depth; while the more casual, land-based user will simply delight in the vivacity of the display. Finally, the deep (sea) blue colour of the dial adds an atmospheric backdrop to the drama of the vivid yellow sub-dials.
Beyond aesthetics, the C60 Trident Chronograph Pro 600 also provides technical advances too. With the needs of the professional diver in mind, the uni-directional ceramic bezel has been enhanced by the addition of a full minute-track and a more robustly defined font for the numerals, which are filled with high-grade SuperLuminovaTM for outstanding luminosity.
Engineered to resist water at up to depths of 600 metres (2000 feet) the fluid contours of the Trident’s 43mm case, which also incorporates an automatic helium release valve, surround one of the most reliable and robust of chronograph movements, the self-winding ETA Valjoux 7750.
Further incremental enhancements include the ergonomically elegant case-back, with the edges of its fluid contours now chamfered and softened, blending elegantly with the re- designed rotating ceramic bezel.
Mike France, co-founder of Christopher Ward, hails the new Trident launch as a significant milestone for the company: “This remarkable model, which we nicknamed in development ‘The Big Blue’, is a significant part of our unfolding brand story, not simply for Adrian’s first major design contribution but for the further advance in the extraordinary saga of the Trident family.
We are committed to continual improvement, not least in Trident, our best-selling collection, but each time we rise to that challenge we have to work harder to find new enhancements that truly take Trident to a new level.
Last year’s re-engineering across the collection delivered some outstanding advances and Adrian’s input into the C60 Trident Chronograph Pro 600 creates an extraordinary new expression of Trident that I am sure will absolutely delight watch lovers and position Christopher Ward in the vanguard of British watch design.”
Adrian Buchmann, chief designer at Christopher Ward, adds: “The Trident is a truly iconic range. The brief was to create a professional diving ‘tool’ built on the Trident’s technical excellence but also push the boundaries even further. It needed to look über cool too. I’m biased, but I think we’ve done just that!”
The C60 Trident Chronograph Pro 600 is offered with the option of a stainless steel bracelet (£1455) or a newly-designed, colour-matched rubber strap (£1395) with embossed wave pattern and is available on Pre-order for delivery in early March.
The C60 Trident Titanium Pro 600 Variations
Alongside the launch of the C60 Trident Chronograph Pro 600 the Trident Collection is further enhanced by the launch of two new models in titanium, the first use of this extraordinary metal in the Trident range. Combining the lightness and strength of titanium with the precision engineering of the C60 Trident Pro 600 (43mm) has resulted in two new dive options offered in two arresting colour options, injecting a darker edge into the Trident Collection.
C60 Trident Titanium Pro 600 Variation #1 - The darker hue on the two-tone brushed grey titanium case results from a diamond-like-carbon (DLC) finish and is complemented by the matt ceramic insert of the bezel, matt grey titanium indexes and hands - which are filled with blue emission SuperLuminovaTM - and the warm grey printing of the minute track and brand logo. The new C60 Trident Titanium Pro 600 Variation #1 is offered with options of a titanium bracelet (£995), a rubber touch leather strap with titanium buckle (£750), and a high-density rubber strap with titanium buckle (£750).
C60 Trident Titanium Pro 600 Variation #2 - The brooding black 43mm case of Trident Titanium #2 is relieved by the sharp white lume of the indexes, hands and numerals of the matt black ceramic bezel. The option of the PVD black titanium bracelet offers the most full-on expression of the model’s tongue-in-cheek ‘Black ops’ appeal, but this bold new arrival is a deep diving thoroughbred. Variation #2 enjoys a precision-engineered fluidity of line that would benefit any water bound covert operation. The new C60 Trident Titanium Pro 600 Variation #2 is offered with options of a PVD titanium bracelet (£1,025), a high density rubber strap with titanium buckle (£775), and a rubber touch leather strap with black titanium buckle (£775).
The new C60 Trident Titanium Pro 600 Variations (#1 and #2) are available on Pre-order for delivery in mid-March.
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