On its tenth anniversary, Christopher Ward gave us the their first in-house watch movement – the self-winding caliber SH21. It had been a work-in-progress piece for about four years, before the British watchmakers brought out the finished piece. It was co-created with the help of Johannes Jahnke, and the rest is history..
As the first dive watch in Christopher Ward’s Apex series, the C60 Apex Limited Edition commemorates the fifth anniversary, marking the release of the Calibre SH21 in-house chronometer movement. Designed with a twin-barrel mainspring, the movement is capable of providing a remarkable 120-hour power reserve.
The C60 Apex Limited Edition uses the new COSC-version of the Swiss-made caliber SH21. The power indicator and cut-out date wheel indication are also a part of the caliber. Sporting an exposed semi-skeletonized dial and movement, the watch has been designed in collaboration with Armin Strom, the Swiss skeleton specialists.
Limited to only a hundred watches, this timepiece also brings out the fact that this is the first time a display caseback has been featured in a Trident release. The watch supports 300m water resistance and the automatic helium release valve is also included in the ‘light-catcher’ case design.
Dwelling on the case and dial for a little bit, the color combination of the watch is very appealing. It complements the dial and makes an attempt to be dial that gives us teasing glimpses of the movement beneath.
When you flip the watch, the caseback frames the movement in a delightful combination of orange and blue. The rotor and bridges are in bright orange or blue anodized aluminum and are skeletonized. Working with the Swiss skeleton watch specialists Armin Strom has really paid off, in terms of the looks and appeal.
The objective of showcasing the caliber SH21 as much as possible, has been achieved with this watch. Skeletonizing the aluminum and tungsten rotor and giving it an orange finish for the top of the weighted area, just adds to the splendor of the color combination.
The SH21 features an exposed hour wheel with a circular brushed finish. Sporting a stainless steel case and measuring 42 mm, the case is encapsulated with Sapphire crystals to protect the front and back. On the caseback you will find the numbered limited edition engraved around the border of the case.
You can team the watch with a blue and orange rubber / textile strap. The next choice is an all blue rubber / textile strap. This one comes with quick-release levers. Lastly, you can opt for a stainless steel bracelet. The watch matches the ISO 6425 dive watch requirements, as it sports a unidirectional countdown bezel with blue ceramic insert.
The watch is also water-resistant up to of 300 meters. You will find powerful luminescence on the dial and bezel. The watch also has a locking crown and an automatic helium escape valve for saturation diving. Pick this watch up for $3,990.