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The Moon landing remains one of humanity’s proudest achievements, closing the divide between us and that pearly presence in the night sky. As we approach a half century since that iconic moment, we delve into how the Moon continues to fascinate us…

One of humankind’s greatest strengths remains that we’re never content to rest on our laurels. Through the pioneers among us, we’ve travelled far and wide, above and beyond, progressing from the age of the abacus to today’s Cloud-connected mobile phones. Yet few achievements compare to the Moon landing – a mission completed, astonishingly, using less computing power than the devices we carry in our pockets or handbags each day!

The 20th July 2019 marks the 50th year anniversary since Neil Armstrong take humankind’s very first steps on the Moon. A pivotal moment in history, and one that saw millions of people around the world watching the launch of Apollo 11, our very own co-founder Mike France recalls that day. “I remember, a spellbound schoolboy, watching Neil Armstrong step onto the moon’s surface”; and with that, one of the biggest events of the 20th Century sparked the ignition of our imaginations…

Apollo 11 landing craft on the moon

Footsteps on the moon

Music

The classic Frank Sinatra based his renowned ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ cover specifically on the Apollo missions. Although recorded five years before Apollo 11’s landing, the song’s place in lunar folklore was confirmed when Buzz Aldrin pressed play on his cassette player, making it the first piece of music to ever be heard on the Moon!

Fiction

The Moon has long proved a peculiar inspiration to creatives throughout the generations, influencing many works on the page and screen. Released in 1902, Georges Méliès’ spectacular film “A Trip to the Moon” used cutting-edge special effects to portray a rocket crashing into ‘the Man on the Moon’ – in this case, a grimacing individual with shaving foam on his face. This fascination continued into the latter half of the 20th century, from Sci-Fi classic Star Trek and British TV show The Clangers, to influencing The Adventures of Tintin illustrator Hergé to travel back in time to his comic edition ‘Destination Moon’, illustrating Tintin and friends greeting a startled Neil Armstrong with roses and a welcome sign.

Fast-forward 50 years, and the legacy of the Moon landing remains every bit as vital. Its impact even permeated into the classic kid’s film Toy Story, basing Buzz Lightyear’s name on none other than Astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Not just a film about talking toys, the franchise relayed the message to younger generations to work together and strive for better – to infinity and beyond!

Horology

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” – and one huge spring in the world of watches! Buzz Aldrin wore an Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph whilst taking his first steps on the Moon, and – much to the delight of Omega’s marketing team, we’re sure! – the ‘Moonwatch’ was born. Yet horology’s obsession with our lunar neighbour began many centuries before.

With its links to the calendars of many civilisations, it was only a matter of time before somebody created the first mechanism capable of tracking the phase of the Moon. Now, we weren’t that person; but Calibre JJ04, the in-house modification that features inside our new C1 Moonglow, marks a brilliant entry into one of the most romantic genres of watchmaking.

C1 Moonglow

Remaining accurate to a day every 128 years of the Luna cycle, the C1 Moonglow is admirable whilst still affordable. The moon glides gracefully across the star-filled night sky, enhanced with Grade X1 GL C1 Super-LumiNova® to create that truly special glow. One of the brightest watches we’ve ever made, we hope you’ll agree its visuals are simply out-of-this-world!

Discover the Lunar Collection, containing both the C1 Moonglow and C1 Grand Malvern Moonphase.

Retro watches have never been more in demand. Which is why Christopher Ward’s C65 Trident GMT is perfect for today – a timepiece that harks back to the past, yet also boasts modern standards of engineering and reliability.

Want to know more? Here are five reasons why it should be your next watch.

It works with how you dress today
While some still wear a suit to the office, for many of us an unstructured blazer, selvedge jeans and a pair of brogues is the order of the day – precisely the sort of outfit made for the C65 Trident GMT. With its mid-century looks, 41mm case and contrasting red-blue ‘Pepsi’ bezel, the watch has enough retro cues to catch the eye of the most discerning style aficionado. “The GMT looks as good with a sweatshirt as it does with a formal jacket,” says Christopher Ward’s head of design, Adrian Buchmann. “You can wear it with anything, anywhere and at any time of the day.”

C65 Trident GMT

 

It pays tribute to a legend – without copying it
The first – and most famous – ‘GMT’ watch was the Rolex GMT-Master, launched in 1954 (Ref. 6542). Initially designed for Pan AM pilots, its fourth hand and 24-hour bezel enabled the wearer to tell the time, not just at home, but also in another time zone. Later, further clarification was added by splitting the bezel into ‘day’ and ‘night’ zones by the use of contrasting colours – the most iconic of which was the red-blue ‘Pepsi’ combination. At Baselworld 2018, both Rolex and Tudor launched new ‘Pepsi’ GMTs. “When we saw the reaction to the new Pepsis, we thought, why not do our own?” says Adrian. “However, it had to be on our terms. That’s why we went with the C65 as it has a much thinner bezel, helping it stand out from other, chunkier ‘Pepsi’ GMTs and our own C60 Trident GMT.”

C65 Trident GMT with red/blue bezel

 

The build quality is hard to match
The vintage-influenced C65 range has been a massive success for Christopher Ward, and holding the C65 Trident GMT in your hand it’s easy to see why. What’s striking is how it feels both light and sturdy – a tribute to Adrian’s subtle design and the quality of the brushed-and-polished 41mm case. “It’s perfectly proportioned,” says Adrian. “Not too big, not too small, not too sporty, not too classic. It’s a daily beater. You can wear it in any situation – whether you’re in the boardroom or on your way to the pool. And as it’s waterproof to 150 metres, it’s ideal for diving, too.”

C65 Trident GMT backplate

 

It boasts engineering and construction in perfect harmony
A watch of this quality would be short-changed by anything but a high-quality movement, and the Sellita SW330 GMT calibre is certainly no slouch. Beating at 28,800 times an hour, when fully wound it provides 42 hours of continuous timekeeping with a tolerance of 20 seconds a day. The bezel, meanwhile, is another revelation. Because steel can’t hold bright colours, the C65 GMT’s bezel is made from anodised aluminium, with the numbers filled in with white lacquer. Working out the time in another country has never been so easy.

C65 Trident GMT bezel detail

 

You won’t be able to stop looking at it (and neither will anyone else)
The C65 Trident GMT could well be the most striking watch Christopher Ward has ever made – a stunning tribute to the golden age of ‘tool’ watches. Whether you’re using it for regular timekeeping or keeping an eye on what time the New York/Tokyo office is open, its clean lines, unfussy dial (now with a date window) and stand-out fourth hand will ensure it always gets attention. Add in the option of a metal bracelet, leather or webbing strap, and you’ve got a watch that ticks both style and timekeeping boxes. Tempted? Maybe it’s time you took Christopher Ward’s own ‘Pepsi’ challenge?

The C65 Trident GMT starts at just £895. More information here