Officially unveiled last month during the Baselworld 2011 international trade show, the new Concord C1 BlackSpider LAB Series hand-wound watch features a tourbillon escapement which is visible through the skeletonized, arachnid-shaped baseplate of its hand-made movement.
Although there is nothing particularly interesting about this watch from the point of view of pure mechanics (with its 2008 Tourbillon Gravity watch the Swiss watchmaker successfully proved that it has nothing to prove in the field of Haute Horlogerie,) the new C1 BlackSpider LAB Series watch is a real head-turner.
As you can see, the baseplate of the in-house C105 movement is shaped in such a way as to imitate the eight legs of a spider that sits inside a “can” more than 13.5 millimeters deep.
In order to protect the wearer from a poisonous bite of the arachnid, the Swiss watchmaker sealed the case with a pair of sapphire crystals. The one on top is 3.30 millimeters thick and the one at the back is not that massive, but is secured by eight polished screws.
The movement itself is very laconic both in its design and its decor.
Adorned with very high-tech vertical stripes, it has a pair of cut-outs.
The one at 6 o’clock shows us the tourbillon and the one at 12 o’clock gives view at the balance wheel that beats at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour.
Limited to only 25 numbered pieces, the Concord C1 BlackSpider is going to be one of the most interesting “sporty” watches this year.
Concord C1 BlackSpider hand-wound watch specification
Price: N/A, very expensive
Movement: Manual, Caliber C150, 19 jewels, 21,600 vph, in-house, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Vertical stripes, skeletonized mainplate
Functions: Hours, minutes, tourbillon
Power reserve: 72 hours (3 days)
Case material: Titanium
Bezel material: Titanium
Case shape: Octagonal
Bezel shape: Octagonal
Case size: 47.00 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: 13.55 mm
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black vulcanized rubber strap with Concord folding clasp in black PVD-treated stainless steel
Crystal: Sapphire, 3.30 mm thick, antireflective on both sides
Case back: Sapphire, secured by 8 screws