The Swiss watchmaker Concord, which is known for its uncompromising, even hard-core approach to industrial design, has recently presented its new Concord C2 Chronograph Black & White family of automatic chronograph watches. Offered in two variations, the watches are supposed to be bought in pairs: for you and your Mr. Hyde.
Or your Mrs. Hyde, for that matters, since, despite the fact that the watch is coming in a rather large stainless steel body 43 millimeters in width, the watch is offered as a unisex model (or so could be inferred from Concord’s dramatic press release.)
Judging by the official photos that we received, both versions are almost identical to each other with the only difference being the color of the diamonds that adorn its thin fixed bezel and the leather strap, which is attached to the case with their signature lug-free tubular attachments. They may be either black or white.
When it comes to the shape of the body and the dial configuration, the watch is pretty much identical to the previously revealed C2 chronographs.
With its standard tri-compax chronograph layout, the watch features a 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters at 9 and 6 hours and a small seconds sub-dial at 3 o’clock. The easily readable date indicator shares its space with the 12-hour totalizer staying closer to the bezel flange.
As usual, the main elements of the dial (namely, the hours and minutes hands, as well as the small triangle that forms the subsidiary seconds hand indicator, and the hour markers) are covered with Superluminova luminous substance that makes it especially easy to read time during a sleepless night.
Inside the sporty case beats the good old ETA 2894 automatic chronograph movement, which is known for its high reliability and easy serviceability.
However, I feel obliged to warn you that this is not a natural-born chronograph movement like the legendary ETA Valjoux 7750. Introduced more than 15 years ago by the Swatch Group as a source of power for relatively inexpensive watches, the movement is in fact the well-known ETA 2892 with a chronograph module riding atop of it.
Concord plans to officially present the timepiece next month during the Baselworld 2012 trade show.
Concord C2 Chronograph Black & White automatic watch specification
Movement: Automatic, ETA 2894, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 37
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes, date, chronograph
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel, set with black or white diamonds
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Tonneau
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 43.00 mm
Case height: 13.00 mm
Lug width: N/A
Hour markers: Luminous
Hands: Luminous, open-worked
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black or white alligator strap
Case back: Solid, engraved