The new Concord Saratoga Chronograph (Ref. 0320219) watch makes somewhat dubious impression. It certainly does look expensive and very advanced, but is powered by a quartz movement, although from this brand one could expect nothing but a high-tech mechanical caliber.
Presented last week during the Baselworld 2013 trade show, the new Concord Saratoga Alarm Chronograph is delivered in a slightly oversized body, which is fashioned from high-grade stainless steel with matt black PVD finish. The eight steel inserts on the bezel make this watch look like a member of their high-tech C1 or C2 families, while also giving it a more sophisticated appearance.
The setting crown and chronograph push-pieces at 2 and 4 o’clock are clearly not as easy to manipulate as those made of rubber, but they, too, contribute greatly to the gadget’s stately posture.
If you have ever seen a watch powered by Ronda 5130.B quartz movement, you will immediately notice that the dial of the timekeeper features the usual layout with a large date indicator at 12 hours, an alarm display at 6 o’clock, a chronograph counter with hour and minute hands at 9 o’clock and the usual small seconds sub-dial at 3 hours.
While the layout clearly lacks even a trace of originality, Concord somehow managed to make the dial of the piece look very attractive thanks to the chosen color scheme with silver hands, Roman numerals and applied hour markers looking very contrast and, again, very expensive on the matt black background of the face.
The setup is protected from the elements with a thick sapphire crystal that even features an antireflective coating. For technical reasons, the case back cover of the Saratoga Alarm Chronograph is crafted from stainless steel, which is embossed with silhouettes of horses. The reason for the choice of a beast is rather obvious: the watch was created to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Saratoga Race Course, a sports facility in Saratoga Springs, New York, United States.
As far as I understand, Concord doesn’t plan to make the Saratoga Alarm Chronograph a limited edition model.
Concord Saratoga Alarm Chronograph (Ref. 0320219) watch specification
Movement: Quartz, Ronda 5130.B, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 13
Movement frequency: No data
Power reserve: 48 months (4 years)
Movement decoration: Gold-plated
Functions: Hours, minutes, chronograph, alarm, date
Case material: Stainless steel, black PVD
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Stainless steel
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 42.00 mm
Case height: 10.90 mm
Lug width: No data
Numerals: Roman, silver
Hour markers: Silver
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Black PVD-treated stainless steel bracelet with polished steel inserts on a stainless steel deployment buckle with pushers
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Stainless steel, embossed horses