Brighter. Whiter. Greener
Brighter. Whiter. Greener
Arctic pack ice acts like a mirror. It reflects 80 per cent of the sun’s rays into space – helping to keep the earth cool. But as the planet warms up, it’s shrinking.
It’s another sign of the ‘Anthropocene’ – the age in which humans impact the earth’s environment. And one we’re marking with a watch that will accompany explorer/conservationist – and Christopher Ward Challenger – Tom Hicks as he travels to the North Pole to measure snow depths and melt rates for the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (Charity No. 1106893).
The Foundation runs wildlife preservation schemes in Asia and Africa, and while far from the Arctic, flooding caused by polar meltwater will disrupt and destroy the habitat of the animals it’s trying to save.
Step forward the C60 Anthropocene GMT – a watch built for the challenges of polar exploration, and one that also happens to be ruggedly handsome. Five percent from the sale of each one will be donated to the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.
The watch boasts our first ever frosted sapphire dial which carries a varnish that recalls the appearance of polar ice. For those who like to see watchmaking up close, the Sellita SW330-2 GMT movement is faintly visible under the white ‘pack ice’ of the dial.
The dial hosts a stand-out orange GMT hand, which lets you monitor a second time zone with the 24-hour bezel – something that brings to mind the North Pole’s status as the meeting point for the world’s time zones. Meanwhile, the indexes, ‘Trident’ hands and date window contrast perfectly with the ‘iced’ sapphire.
In a watch built for hostile conditions, you need a movement you can rely on. That’s why the C60 Anthropocene GMT is powered by the new SW330-2, which delivers a 56-hour power reserve, improved functionality and enough shock absorption to combat inevitable knocks.
At 42mm, the Light-catcher™ case is big enough to make its presence felt, and thanks to its robust, intelligent design (which brings it closer to the wrist), can withstand the worst of the Arctic weather and temperatures as low as minus 50°C.
Disclaimer: The product video was shot before we introduced the twin-flags logo.
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The new Sellita SW330-2 is the upgrade to the ETA 2893, and a movement that provides both superb accuracy and GMT timing.
Just 4.1mm thick, the SW330-2 has 25 jewels and beats at a rate of 28,000 per hour with a power reserve of up to 56 hours. The central GMT hand can be set independently from the hour and seconds hands
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A dial that’s cool – in every way
A sapphire dial. But one with a difference. The C60 Anthropocene GMT boasts a sapphire dial treated with a unique varnish so it resembles the polar ice that explorer/conservationist Tom Hicks will be monitoring on his expedition to the North Pole.
The smarter smart case
Constructed from marine-grade – ie anti-corrosive – stainless steel, the 42mm Light-catcher™ case is big enough to make an impact, but designed so it slips under a cuff easily. You may forget you’re wearing it – until you want to know the time.
Equipped for extremes
Built to withstand everything the elements can throw at it (it’s waterproof to 600m), the C60 Anthropocene GMT will endure severe Arctic conditions with no loss of functionality. The diving bezel, meanwhile, has been tested to deliver a satisfying click as you set your second time zone.
Improved power reserve
Powering the watch is Sellita’s upgraded SW330-2 GMT movement, first used by CW on the C63 Sealander GMT. Not only does it let you monitor two time zones at once, but it also boasts a 56-hour power reserve should you wish to take it off (you won’t).