Christopher Ward Goes Green with the All White C60 Anthropocene GMT

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Christopher Ward has partnered up with like-minded organizations to collaborate on projects to spread awareness on planet conservation as well as continuing the development of their Challenger Programme. This program seeks out individuals who are trying to make a positive impact in the world, but are in need of a financial boost to make their goals happen. The newest CW Challenger goes by the name of Tom Hicks, a conservationist, adventurer, and explorer currently preparing for his unsupported North Pole expedition in April 2022. He will be assisting the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, a UK based charity funding conservation projects across Africa and Asia, to measure the current Arctic snow depths and melt rates. 

Accompanying Tom Hicks on his expedition, will be the latest to come out of Christopher Ward, the C60 Anthropocene GMT. At a quick glance, it’s a modern sports watch that looks like it can hold its own in the Arctic. Let’s take a closer look.

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The dial of the C60 Anthropocene GMT comes off as clean, balanced and legible. The sharp isosceles arrow hour hand, solid pencil minutes hand, and hour indexes accompanied by polished facets, along with the distinctive orange tipped GMT hand, come together seamlessly. All of which use the opaque polar dial as a backdrop to distinguish what time it is locally, and wherever else you may be tracking that second time zone. 

Shifting your attention towards the center of the dial, you may notice a faint white inner ring. Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you because that inner ring is indeed the silhouette of the date wheel below the surface of the C60 Anthropocene dial. This is the first time Christopher Ward has ever produced a watch using a frosted sapphire crystal with this type of finishing. This creates a unique experience as if you were peering through a patch of Arctic pack ice to see the movement. The C60 Anthropocene GMT gives a whole new meaning to an ‘iced out’ dial and I’m all for it.  

Below the dial, the C60 Anthropocene comes equipped with the high performing Sellita SW 330-2 GMT movement, which now comes with a welcomed 56 hour power reserve (previously 42 hours). With this movement, the C60 Anthropocene will be what is referred to as a  ‘Caller’ or ‘Office’ style GMT, in which the 24 hour hand is set independently from the hour hand with one crown click away from the case. The date, which is tucked in neatly at 6, is also adjusted at this crown position, and is still connected to the hour hand. Working in tandem with the GMT hand to track a second time zone and wrapping around the dial, is a 24 hour bi-directional ceramic bezel with thick sporty numerals anchored by a bold orange triangle marker. The SLM X1 BL C1 (that’s a mouthful) lume fills the bezel numerals, hour indexes, hour / GMT hand, minutes hand and seconds hand pip, is a functional touch and will uniformly glow an indigo blue, which will prove useful for Tom Hicks during a midnight trek through the Arctic night fall. Or for us less adventurous individuals fumbling for our watch to check the time at the crack of dawn.

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The C60 Anthropocene GMT is protected by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal and encased in a brushed and polished stainless steel case measuring 42 mm wide and 14.3 mm tall. The lug to lug spans 49.3 mm and will require a 22 mm strap to fit the lug width. The case back displays the Christoper Ward Trident logo and below that, ‘Trident Pro 600’ signifying the 60 ATM capability, equivalent to 600 meters of water resistance, further solidifying that this is a rugged and robust tool watch ready for any extreme condition. The C60 Anthropocene will come with several strap options which include an all black or a black with orange trim, Cordura® rubber hybrid performance strap. You can also go with one of Christopher Ward’s #tide straps which are produced entirely out of recycled oceanic plastic, with an option to go with either white or orange centered hem on a black strap. And if you fancy a steel bracelet, that’s also a route you can go as well. 

Continuing the support and contribution for conservation, the watch will be delivered and presented in an eco-friendly package. Christopher Ward has also committed to donating 5% of its C60 Anthropocene GMT sales proceeds to the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. As well as continuing to support the efforts of Tom Hicks as he prepares for his North Pole expedition. The C60 Anthropocene GMT is currently available at the price of $1,315 on the Christopher Ward site for preorder. Christopher Ward

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Thomas is a budding writer and an avid photographer by way of San Diego, California. From his local surf break to mountain peaks and occasionally traveling to destinations off the beaten path, he is always searching for his next adventure, with a watch on wrist, and a camera in hand. Thomas is a watch enthusiast through and through; having a strong passion for their breadth of design, historical connection, and the stories that lie within each timepiece.
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