The Swiss brand has issued a “king of bling” version of its C1 chronograph. The new Concord C1 Chronograph Amethyst automatic watch comes adorned with 217 amethysts totaling stunning 13.8 carats.
As you can see for yourself, there is not a square millimeter of surface that was not adorned with a baguette-cut amethyst.
There are 64 stones on the bezel, 2 more stones on each of eight decorative tabs on the ring, 16 more amethysts on the 18-carat white gold setting crown, another 8 stones on each of the two chronograph push-pieces also made in white gold.
Even the dial is paved with 32 baguette-cut amethysts!
Frankly, I have nothing personal against the use of precious stones in watchmaking. However, like it was the case with the infamous Hublot Black Caviar million dollar timekeeper, there is something incredibly vulgar, a kind of “from rags to riches,” about this kind of watches. Like a gold-plated Bentley or a platinum pissoir.
According to the Swiss watchmaker, the watch will be sold in a 44 mm white gold case that will house an unspecified Valgrange (probably ETA A07.211 since they used the same movement in their “plain” C1 Chronograph model in steel) COSC-certified chronometer movement.
Decorated in-house, the movement will feature a snailed and branded winding rotor with Geneva stripes decoration.
Concord C1 Chronograph Amethyst automatic watch specification
Movement: Automatic, Valgrange, 25 jewels, 28,800 vph, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Snailed rotor, Cotes de Geneve motif, C1 logo engraved in the center
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph
Power reserve: 48 hours
Case material: White gold
Bezel material: White
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 44.00 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: N/A
Hands: White gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Purple alligator leather strap with 18-carat white gold folding clasp set with 11 baguette-cut amethysts
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire, antireflective, screw-down