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For those who frequent the CWBlog or receive our emails, you may well be aware that November saw Christopher Ward partner with marine conservation charity Blue Marine Foundation. In the build-up to Christmas, we told a number of ‘Winter Stories’ – featuring people close to the brand documenting how they’d be spending their festive period, their plans for 2020 and more – with a bestselling CW linked to each. During this time of goodwill, 5% of the proceeds from these watches were then donated to Blue Marine Foundation, whose dedication to creating marine protected areas resounded with our team; our Trident range has partnered many a diver exploring the beauty of our oceans after all!

Following our customers’ outstanding efforts, we’re very pleased to be donating £25,000 to Blue Marine Foundation this month to help assist with their crucial mission. Below are the five models that helped us to reach this fantastic figure:

 

C60 Trident Pro 600

A model synonymous with Christopher Ward, and in its new and improved Mk III update one that sits comfortably alongside many of the world’s finest dive watches. Its inclusion in our list is no doubt helped by the fact that the Pro 600 range offers a great deal of choice, incorporating different sizes, colours and strap options for customers to tailor to their needs and lifestyle.

Dive into our Trident 3 Collection

 

C1 Moonglow

A smash hit that illuminated CW’s 2019, the C1 Moonglow proved that a complication as traditional as the moonphase could be reinterpreted in a way that was innovative and refreshingly different. Released to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, its highly luminescent moons – perpetually moving thanks to our JJ04 modification – are coated with Grade X1 GL C1 Super-LumiNova® that emits an ethereal glow. One of the brightest watches CW has made? Very possibly. One of the most unique? Without a doubt!

The Moonglow is available here

 

C65 Trident Automatic

If the C60 Trident Pro 600 showed what CW could achieve when focusing its efforts towards perfecting the modern dive watch, the C65 Trident Automatic is our charmingly vintage equivalent. Slim, sleek and – the name might be a giveaway – powered by a Swiss-made automatic movement, its Submariner-tinged looks are reinforced with the finest engineering available today.

Discover the C65 Trident Automatic

 

C60 Abyss

Yes, the idea of a stealthy dive watch water-resistant to depths of 600m may seem counterproductive. But that’s not really the point of the C60 Abyss. With its blackened colour scheme disrupted by flashes of red, this isn’t a watch that screams for attention; instead, eyes will gravitate towards it in black hole-like fashion. And there’s only one word for its case, finished with a blend of brushed and polished black diamond-like carbon (DLC) surfaces: cool.

Find the C60 Abyss here

 

C65 Black Gold Limited Edition

A watch whose name will cause any petrolheads’ brains to roar into life, this 200-piece limited edition’s colour scheme captures the majesty of the John Player Special livery championed by the Lotus Formula One team during the mid-1970s. It’s a timeframe that neatly links in with the C65’s retro cues, while a hand-wound movement is a conscious reminder of the technicality prominent throughout that era. Now, where’s that track?!

The Black Gold: on the grid now

 

As we reach the final day of 2019, it’s only appropriate that we should turn back to appreciate what a fantastic – and busy! – year it’s been here at Christopher Ward. Characterised by innovation, impetus and increased time spent face-to-face with our customers around the world, here are our highlights:

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Let’s start with the big one: the launch of Trident 3 in May. It’s always a risk to make changes to a customer favourite, but in the case of the third iteration of our bestselling dive series, they well and truly paid off. A glossy dial and redesigned hands provided a more modern feel to our dive watch aesthetic, while a new case, upgraded lume, plus improved bezel and crown functions reinforced those looks with superb technicality. But the innovation didn’t stop there…

Quick-release bracelet

Remember when changing your watch onto a bracelet required either a trip to the local jewellers or your own dedicated tool, plus the perils of scratching its case? Those days are gone: with the addition of a quick-release bracelet to the Trident range, the job could take just seconds. Refreshing your watch’s look has never been easier.

Shooting the moon with the C1 Moonglow

As an online-only brand, it’s incredibly humbling to discover the lengths some of our customers go to to view our watches. This was the case when CW appeared at Worn & Wound’s Wind Up Watch Fair in Manhattan, New York, and one customer had travelled over 800 miles for one watch: the C1 Moonglow. He purchased one on the spot! Released to mark 50 years since man set foot on the Moon, the Moonglow’s highly luminescent perpetual moons and monochromatic colour scheme proved that modern and traditional could co-exist – and customers responded in their masses, making it a 2019 bestseller.

Apex underwater

Created to celebrate five years of our in-house movement Calibre SH21, the C60 Apex was a landmark release for more reasons than one. Designed in conjunction with Swiss skeleton watch pioneers Armin Strom, its exposed dial and movement were designed in unison. The latter was visible through an exhibition window – the first time we’d included one in a dive release – whilst retaining its 300m water resistance. This 100-piece limited edition can be found here.

CW on the Road

With customers travelling from around the world to visit our 1 Park Street showroom, we had an idea: why not head out (within reason) to venues nearer to them? The result was our first CW Get Togethers, beginning in Edinburgh in January and followed by events in Manchester, London and Bristol. Offering a sneak peak of new releases, they also gave attendees the opportunity to meet the co-founders and ask them questions about the brand. Following their success, more are due for 2020…

Making a splash with the Blue Marine Foundation

Having introduced new eco-friendly packaging in 2019, Christopher Ward also chose to partner with Blue Marine Foundation as part of its Winter Stories series. An eco-charity dedicated to fighting overfishing of the planet’s oceans through conservation, CW donated 5% of the proceeds from five of its bestselling models in the build-up to Christmas to help support its very worthy cause.

As good as 2019 has been, we’ve never been content to rest on our laurels. So here are a few clues about 2020:

For those who enjoy their dive watches, January is looking like it’ll be an Elite month…

We’re reviving an old technology for a new release…

It’s the Year of the Chronograph…