The Calibre SH21 is possibly Christopher Ward’s most cherished movement. Launched in 2014, it was the company’s first in-house movement. Perhaps more important was the fact that it left the industry stunned that such a young company could develop its own movement in such a short period. After all, Christopher Ward was only founded 10 years prior. And now, to celebrate the movement, Christopher Ward has just unveiled the C60 Concept, which is arguably the company’s most ambitious watch yet.
The C60 Concept is a limited-edition piece with a planned production of just 210 pieces. Fittingly, it’s also the 21st watch to use the SH21 movement. Make no mistake, this is a high-end piece. The 42mm case is made of grade 2 titanium, and the blue uni-directional bezel is ceramic. The crystals used for both the front of the dial and caseback are sapphire. The C60 Concept can be ordered with a Condura hybrid rubber strap or brushed titanium bracelet. And since it belongs to the brand’s family of dive watches, water resistance is a very adequate 300 meters.
The highlight has to be the dial, or rather the lack of one This is Christopher Ward’s first fully skeletonized watch, and it was a collaborative effort. Armin Strom was consulted on the skeletonization process, while Chronode was tasked to hand-finish the chamfered edges of the movement. Lastly, Xenoprint is the company responsible for the large 3D lumed triangle at 12 o’clock using its Globolight XP process.
The C60 Concept used the brand’s distinctive trident handset, so you have a large lumed triangular hour hand and a sword-shaped lumed minute hand. The seconds hand is bright orange and features a trident counterweight. Speaking of lume, the white ring that runs along the circumference of the dial is also lumed. I like the dash of orange Christopher Ward added to the watch and would even argue that the hour and minute hands should be rendered in orange. Surely that would improve the legibility of a skeletonized watch?
With all the work put in, owners can admire the Calibre SH21 in its full glory. Turn the watch on its back and owners can see a custom-designed rotor and get a full view of the SH21’s twin-barrel architecture. Power reserve remains unchanged at 120 hours, and the watch is a certified chronometer so an accuracy of -4/+6 seconds a day is assured.
Remember that I said there’s a good chance this is Christopher Ward’s most ambitious watch yet? Part of the reason has to do with the price. It starts at $4,370, which makes it one of the brand’s priciest watches. Certainly, the materials, level of craft, specs, and exclusivity partly justify the price. How many skeletonized watches can you name with hand-finished components at this price point? Yup, me neither. Still, there’s no getting around the fact that this is easily one of the brand’s most expensive pieces and will be a test of the brand’s cachet. For more information, please visit the brand’s website.