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For most people, summer is the perfect chance to get away to the sun for a couple of weeks. But if you’re a watch lover – and that’s probably you – a fortnight in short sleeves also gives you the chance to show off your favourite Christopher Ward timepiece(s). 

But what makes the perfect summer watch? 

That depends on your what you’re doing. If you’re going to spend your time exploring old wrecks on the seabed, then a sleek dress watch isn’t going to cut. On the other hand, if your idea of relaxation is a sun-lounger, a fat novel and a bit of scrolling on Twitter (don’t feel bad, we all do it), then you’ll need something that looks as good by the pool as it does in the hotel bar. 

Another consideration is the strap. As foreign holidays can involve immersion in water, strong sunlight and exposure to strong cocktails, then a strap that merges good looks with rugged construction is the best bet. Our hybrid range of straps, with a Cordura® exterior and a rubber underside, are just the ticket. 

Finally, whatever watch you choose, it has to look just as good when you get back home as when you arrive at hotel reception. Though as these are Christopher Ward timepieces, that’s not something you need to worry about. 

The perfect pool watch: C60 Trident Pro 600 Mk 3

Christopher Ward’s best-selling watch has become an icon for a reason: few timepieces can beat its combination of classic diving-watch looks, quality construction and Swiss horological excellence. Available in 38mm, 40mm and 42mm sizes, every wrist size is taken care of – and as it’s waterproof to 600m, even the most intimidating deep end will hold no fears for you. 

Browse the C60 Trident Pro 600 Mk 3 range here.

The F1 weekend warrior: C7 Rosso Corsa Limited Edition 

Late summer is when the F1 season really hots up, so if you’re going to cheer Mr Hamilton on, then it’s only right you should wear a watch that looks the part. Limited to just 200 models, the C7 Rosso Corsa is powered by a COSC-certified movement, putting it into the top 6% of automatic watches for accuracy. Add to this its retro looks and striking ‘Italian racing red’ colour scheme, and you’ve got a watch that will be as at home in the pits as it is in the hospitality suites. 

Browse the C7 Rosso Corsa Limited Edition range here.

The world traveller’s companion: C60 Trident GMT 600

On first glance, you may be fooled that this is another version of the C60 Trident Pro 600, but a closer look reveals something different: namely a fourth ‘GMT’ hand. When used with the 24-hour bezel, it lets the wearer find out the time in a different timezone – ideal if you’re going on a multi-location holiday. Plus, it has the same construction as the ‘regular’ C60 Trident, making it waterproof to 600m. 

Browse the C60 Trident GMT 600 range here.

The sun-seeker’s retro timepiece: C65 Trident Diver

“The name’s Ward. Christopher Ward.” Referencing the great diving watches of the 1960s (and a certain fictional spy), the C65 Trident Diver is made for leisurely dives in azure waters, cocktails on the beach and sophisticated dinners with a beautiful companion. There’s so much to love here, from the oversized numerals at 12 and 6, to the slim light-catcher case and hand-wound movement, plus, of course, the modern-day construction, which ensures the watch is waterproof to 150m. 

Browse the C60 Trident Bronze Pro 600 range here.

The festival ‘beater’: C60 Trident 300

Sleeping in a tent and getting so lost in music even Sister Sledge would struggle to cope, festivals are not places you want to take your most valuable timepiece. Which is why the quartz-driven C60 Trident 300 is such a good call. Made of aluminium, and water-resistant to 300m, the watch has much of the rugged appeal of the Pro 600, but only requires a battery to keep it going. Something you’ll be glad of when your mobile phone runs out of juice at 3am. 

Browse the C60 Trident 300 range here.

And the one extra to help you pretend you’ve been away: the C60 Trident Bronze Pro 600

Not everyone wants to leave the country every summer, instead opting to spend their well-earned time off in the garden (or pub). But – if required – the C60 Trident Bronze Pro 600 helps maintain the illusion of the well-traveled adventurer: with a bronze alloy case that develops its patina throughout your time with it, you can convince your friends its weathered appearance resulted from a dip in the Pacific, not the accidental trip into the pond.

Discover the Bronze Pro 600 here, and while you’ve made it this far, our entire range of hybrid-ready watches can be seen here.

As this Thursday sees the beginning of our Quartz event, 11 days dedicated to the ultra-precision of the battery-powered watch, we sat down with Technical and QC Manager Andrew Henry for a chat about the science and functionality behind a technology that may or may not split horophiles right down the middle…

Hi Andrew, do you own any quartz watches?

I own a couple of Swatch watches from my childhood, but unsurprisingly they don’t get very much wrist time now! I also own a Seiko quartz chronograph 7T32-6A50, again which I have kept more for sentimental value than appreciation.

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Technical and QC Manager Andrew Henry

Getting down to business, how do quartz-powered watches work?

Most simply, a battery sends electricity to a quartz crystal through an electronic circuit. The quartz crystal, which is shaped like a tiny tuning fork, oscillates at a precise frequency of exactly 32,768 times a second. The circuit counts the number of vibrations and uses them to generate regular electric pulses – one per second. These pulses drive a small stepping motor, turning gear wheels that make the watch’s second, minute, and hour hands tick.

Are there any challenges to working with quartz from a servicing/repairs perspective?

Quartz movements do not need nearly as much maintenance as mechanical ones due to the fact they have far fewer moving parts – primarily just the gears that move the hands on a simple quartz analogue movement.

They’re generally much easier to fix than mechanical watches – they either run and keep time, or they have a problem! The “working but not keeping time at all” state that mechanical watches can end up in doesn’t exist here; a quartz movement may not tick due to a mechanical issue (the motor is mechanically stuck) or because of an electrical problem. While they can be repaired in many cases, it’s generally being more cost effective to replace them, unlike with a mechanical movement. Sometimes we also receive quartz chronographs back from customers, as the chrono hand hasn’t reset to 12 o’clock – although this is something that can be easily fixed at home, with instructions now featured in our recent owner’s handbooks.

The C3 Grand Tourer utilises a Swiss quartz movement, the Ronda 5021.D

You mentioned quartz movements have less moving parts than mechanical ones. There can be a tendency from some to look down on quartz, as they lack the intricacy of their mechanical counterparts. Do you think that’s fair?

It depends which side of the fence you sit on really. Some prefer mechanical movements as they are more ‘alive’, but its higher frequency oscillator means quartz has an accuracy that perhaps only a few mechanical chronometers can match. Quartz crystals are made from a chemical compound called silicon dioxide (also used to make computer chips and, more recently, balance hairsprings), which is piezoelectric – essentially, if you were to squeeze a quartz crystal, it would generate a tiny electric current. There’s still a great degree of science involved with quartz, but from a horological perspective it can be easily overlooked as it doesn’t feature the kinetic parts, such as a pendulum or balance wheel, that you’d find in a mechanical watch.

However, a major positive of quartz watches is that because of the small amount of power they use, a battery can often last a significant amount of time before it needs replacing. They also have power saving functions that reduce power usage by 70% when their crown is left out, meaning watches like the C3 Malvern Chronograph Mk III and C60 Trident Chronograph 300 can be picked up and worn at a moment’s notice.

C3 Malvern Chronograph Mk III

If you were to pick your favourite quartz model from the current CW lineup?

There are two that I like at the moment: one is the C7 Rapide Chronograph Quartz; the other is the C3 Malvern Chronograph Mk III (pictured above).

Which quartz complication/advances would you like to see in a CW in the future?

I’d like to see a super quartz: effectively a thermo-compensated movement with 10 times the precision of standard quartz. Considering most normal quartz movements – the Ronda 715, found in the Trident 300, for example – are accurate to -10/+20 seconds a month, we’re talking about nominal levels of accuracy over a longer period. But knowing that you’re wearing an instrument so precise it gains or loses just seconds per year; that’s the power of quartz!

To receive a 15% saving on any quartz-powered watch, simply enter Quartz15 in the promotional code box at checkout. Our Quartz event ends at Midnight BST, Monday 26 August.