Boasting a powerful design, the Concord C1 watch comes dressed in a massive stainless steel case measuring 44 mm in diameter and 16.70 mm thick.
Water-resistant to 200 meters and comprising 42 parts, the case benefits from a revolutionary assembly method, which absorbs shocks and thus optimizes the sturdiness of the watch. A metal protective ring coated in rubber and fixed laterally by self-blocking screws is enhanced by eight decorative elements straddling the bezel. These bastions protect a spectacular 3.30 mm thick sapphire crystal, which literally emerges from the case. The structure of the crown adds an additional complex touch. No fewer than three materials are required to manufacture it: rubber, composite and steel are clever combined to form one dense and highly resistant entity. Built according to the same technique, the pushers also make their contribution to the strong personality of the timepiece.
The C1 is a visionary model that redefines the high-end chronograph. Drawing upon the brand’s know-how, the watch’s original and boldly unconventional construction proves that creativity can be expressed in many different ways: from technology to aesthetics, from materials to decoration and from function to emotions. Certified by the official Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), this forceful, ultra-masculine watch is a concentrated union of performance and innovation. Before earning the highly coveted title of official Swiss chronometer, its self-winding movement underwent a series of detailed tests in one of the COSC laboratories, for two complete weeks.
The perfectly readable dial has a distinctive layered construction with a depth and perspective that are accentuated by the subtle effects of shade and light. Made of carbon fiber and machined metal, it is encircled with sunken applied hour-markers, filled with luminescent material, that are flown over by equally luminescent, athletic hands radiating a sense of determination and purpose. Partially hollowed out, their alternating solid and open parts create a fascinating asymmetrical effect through a real interplay of force on the central stem, calling for a particularly demanding assembly process.
The 30-minute and 12-hour counters face each other majestically at 12 and 6 o’clock. The surprising small seconds display at 9 o’clock aspires to capture time: its display, controlled by a disc in permanent rotation, represents a new technical prowess on the part of the brand’s watchmakers. The first quarter of the minute circle matches the Concord blue color of the sweep seconds hand. Finally, the date display, progressively revealed in a semi-transparent manner, specifies the measurement of time.
The bracelet in black vulcanized rubber with a brushed matte finish produces a striking contrast in materials. The chronograph is also available with a metal link bracelet, completely integrated with the case by an original system of articulation, for which a patent is pending. The conception of the attachments ensures perfect adjustment to the shape of the wrist.
The synergy between light and textures reinforces the visual language of the watch. The case finishing – polished-brushed, satin-brushed or mirror-polished for the screws – and the rounded angles at the corners, embody technical assertiveness and a unique inspiration. The transparent case-back reveals the beauty of the mechanism and a decorated oscillating weight. It is also engraved with the Concord seal, which will serve as the Company’s signature on all of its creations from now on: “Audacity – Know-how – Avant-garde”.
The C1 chronograph embodies cutting-edge design and technical mastery, expressed through a strong identity that turns traditional watch-making conventions upside down through its style and functionality. Intended for a discerning audience with a taste for rare objects, it offers a chance to view time measurement from a completely new angle.
The C1 Big Date automatic, also steps onto the watch-making stage. Its construction also represents a major technical feat, exuding a bold aesthetic. In addition, a ladies’ model is offered in stainless steel or 18-karat pink gold, enhanced by several variations of gem-setting. The settings feature original combinations that play on the materials and colors.
Automatic, Valgranges A07.211 calibre, COSC-certified, 28,800 vib/h, 25 rubies
Rotor engraved with Concord logo
48-hour power reserve
Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph, date
Steel, inscribed in relief with Audace – Savoir-faire – Avant-garde
Rubber-sheathed steel protection ring, screwed laterally
Enhanced with eight elements on the bezel
Crown and push-pieces in steel, rubber and composite material
Water-resistant to 200 m
Hour-markers with Superluminova
Hollowed steel hour and minute hands, with Superluminova
Blue Concord direct-drive centre seconds-hand Hour and minute counters at 6 and 12 o’clock respectively
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Vulcarbonised rubber with folding clasp
18K pink gold case, dial in rubbed metal, steel bracelet