Concord’s elegant C2 line of sporty chronographs has recently received yet another upgrade. The 2012 Concord C2 GraffitiGrey (ref. 0320190) may not look as striking as the 2011 Chronograph Amethyst, but it still features the C2’s signature energetically shaped, medium-sized body, which is now presented in black PVD-treated steel and is accompanied with a nicely tinted sapphire glass and grey Superluminova accents on the three-dimensional dial.
Judging by the officially unveiled specs, the watch sports the same technical characteristics as the stealthy Concord C2 Chronograph Matte-Black (Refs. SKU 0320141 / 0320138) that was presented almost exactly a year ago.
Powered by the robust and reliable ETA 2894-2 movement (the choice of mechanism, even despite its good reputation is, perhaps, the only thing that may put off a significant number of customers who would probably prefer to buy a similarly priced or slightly more expensive watch animated by a more unique, in-house mechanism,) the new chronograph sports the same stainless steel body that, measuring just 43 millimeters in diameter and less than 13 millimeters in height, doesn’t look too bulky on an average wrist.
More than that, I can actually imagine myself wearing the gadget with something a lot more formal than a pair of jeans and a polo: it would probably look just fine with business attire thanks to its deliberately neutral color scheme that will play nicely with just about any color or texture of your wardrobe.
As was with the previous model, the watch will be easy to operate thanks to its oversized setting crown and a pair of chronograph push-pieces that also are large enough to be operated without inflicting any discomfort for the owner.
I am not sure about the legibility, at least in twilight or in places like a movie or a theater. Judging by the press photos, the light-grey Superluminova, as well as the grey rhodium coating on the hands, doesn’t look particularly contrast on the black background of the dial and the tinted sapphire crystal, in its own turn, doesn’t make their job any easier.
Still, thanks to the polished radar-style small seconds indicator and chronograph hour and minute hands, the C2 GraffitiGrey is inarguably stylish and pleasant to look at. To my taste, the black-stitched alligator leather strap could have been darker a shade or two to better accompany the black body of the pieces (and I am not terribly happy about the fact that they still use a proprietary strap attachment system that will severely limit your choice of replacement straps when the original one starts to show its age,) but this is, again, just a matter of personal preferences.
The price is still unknown, but I would dare to say that it will be around $6000-$6500*.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4/5
Value for Money: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
* UPDATE ON PRICE: The watch is actually slightly more expensive with its MSRP of $7600, but the price still looks more or less okay if you believe that an Omega or an IWC is just too omnipresent for your unique personal statement.
Concord C2 GraffitiGrey Chronograph (ref. 0320190) specification
Price: $7600 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Caliber ETA 2894-2, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 37
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 42 hours
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph
Case: Stainless steel, black PVD
Size: 43.00 mm
Case height: 12.75 mm
Hour markers: Luminous
Hands: Rhodium-grey, luminous
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black-stitched alligator strap black PVD-treated stainless steel folding clasp with embossed CONCORD cover
Crystal: Sapphire, smoked
Back: Screw-in, with Concord C2 logo