The sporty C1 Chronograph family was seriously refreshed earlier this year with the styling of their dials more congruent with that of their prominent cases. Now, Concord introduces yet another version. Combining mirror-polished 18-karat rose gold, glossy black ceramics, as well as PVD-treated, high-grade titanium alloy, the 2013 Concord C1 Chronograph Black & Gold (Ref. 0320227) is similar to Porsche 911 GT3 in its versatility: just like the latter can be used both on a track and as a daily commuter, you can wear the former both during office hours and in a night club.
After a somewhat controversial Saratoga Alarm Chronograph (0320219) that was released about two months ago during the last Baselworld 2013 show, Concord has issued yet another quartz-powered timekeeper. The new Concord Saratoga Lady White (ref. SKU 0320214), too, pays homage to the legendary Saratoga Race Course, a thoroughbred horse racing track which is located in Saratoga Springs, New York, United States.
The Concord Saratoga Alarm Chronograph (Ref. 0320219) makes somewhat dubious impression. It does look expensive and is advanced when it comes to industrial design. Its main problem is the movement: the chronograph uses an ordinary quartz module. I mean, we are talking about a niche where potential buyers expect nothing less than a high-tech mechanical caliber. This may put off customers looking for an affordable timekeeper that they would be able to pass to their grandchildren. The watch will become a collection of metal parts and useless electronic components long before your grandson goes to college.
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.
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 (ref. 0320186) family. Featuring a lot more subdued design (in this respect, the new line reminds me of their C2 Chronograph Matte-Black model (Refs. SKU 0320141 / 0320138) that was revealed earlier this year) and offered in two variations, the watches are supposed to be bought in pairs: for you and your Mr. Hyde.
The 2011 Concord C2 Chronograph (Refs. SKU 0320141 / 0320138) collection doesn’t look as outrageous as some of their other models that were introduced during the last couple of years, yet I would say that the more subdued design language that this new gadget speaks is potentially more commercially successful. The C2 Chrono primarily targets a mass market where most customers simply need an accurate and well-made dressy watch that would also look good with formal attire. Of that, the new member of the family delivers plenty.
Officially unveiled during the Baselworld 2011 international trade show, the hand-wound Concord C1 BlackSpider LAB Series Tourbillon (ref. 0320143) features a tourbillon escapement that is visible through the skeletonized, arachnid-shaped baseplate of its hand-made movement. While its exterior design may not look as outrageous as that of the iconic Ulysse Nardin Freak Diavolo, I can see why Concord is so proud about their new creation: after all, creating something as complex as a tourbillon basically from scratch requires a great deal of technical prowess to begin with, and it is a whole another level of professionalism when you start to churn them out like hot pancakes.
The Swiss brand has issued a “king of bling” member of its C1 Chronograph collection. Although being animated by an average self-winding caliber (some connoisseurs may find the choice of movement disappointing, but I would say that it is adequate since the mechanical part is not the main focus here,) the automatic Concord C1 Chronograph Amethyst (ref. 0320100) is adorned with 217 amethysts totaling stunning (and quite taxing on your bank account) 13.8 carats.
In January 2011, Concord will start selling its new C1 Radar automatic chronometer. As usual for the small brand, the new version of the C1 model sports a deliberately rugged, in-your-face design that may be just right for sports stars and other people who can afford to buy an eccentric wristwatch every now and then, but have already grown tired of blingy timekeepers crafted from all available alloys of gold and -optionally- covered with hundreds of diamonds.
At the last Baselworld 2009 trade show, Concord has revealed several new models from their C1 family of deliberately rugged timekeepers. Among others, the new collection included an outrageous QuantumGravity, as well as some variations on their more practical C1 Chronograph family. Predictably, they all looked good (or, at least, acceptable for someone who is into this kind of industrial design,) but it was the C1 Biretrograde (ref. 0320045) collection that I liked the most.