After a somewhat controversial Concord Saratoga Alarm Chronograph (Ref. 0320219) that was released about two months ago during the last Baselworld 2013 show, the Swiss watchmaker has issued yet another quartz-powered timekeeper. Called Concord Saratoga Lady White (ref. SKU 0320214), the new watch, too, pays homage to the famous Saratoga Race Course, a thoroughbred horse racing track which is located in Saratoga Springs, New York, United States.
Unlike many moderately expensive quartz watches that are powered by so called throw-away movements (mainly or even entirely plastic devices that are cheaper to dump than to repair), this timekeeper is animated by a trifle more pricey (it retails for some $40 USD) ETA 956.412 Swiss made caliber, which is built on seven jewels and even sports gold-plated surfaces. Usually reserved for “higher” brands, this accurate and fairly reliable movement was used in TAG Heuer Link series, as well as in Eterna Artena Lady and Maurice Lacroix Calypso collections.
Since the movement comes almost free compared with the price of the timekeeper (I was told that the Swiss brand plans to sell the watch for CHF 3900 MSRP), the Concord Sratoga Lady tries to justify the price with lots of diamonds and beautifully executed white mother of pearl dial, which is crafted of two MOP pieces of slightly different color. Whole thirty two of these precious stones that measure around 0.416 carats adore the signature octagonal bezel, while the other six diamonds are neatly spaced between elegantly shaped Roman numerals and serve as hour markers.
Both the bezel and the relatively compact (it measures just 31 millimeters in diameter) body of the watch are fashioned out of high-grade stainless steel. While the bezel is nicely polished, the case itself sports a finely brushed texture that serves as a perfect background for the blingy rim.
Concord Saratoga Lady White (Ref. SKU 0320214) watch specification
Price: CHF 3900 (approx. $4000 USD)
Movement: Quartz, ETA 956.412, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 7
Power reserve: A couple of years
Movement decoration: Gold-plated
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Matches case, set with 32 diamonds, (0.416 carats)
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 31.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Dial: White Mother-of-pearl (also available in blue MOP)
Hour markers: Diamonds
Water resistance: No data
Strap: Pearl white alligator leather strap on stainless steel deployment buckle with pushers
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Solid, embossed Saratoga horses