Baselworld 2011: Concord C2 Chronograph Collection
Concord unveiled an all new line of watches at Baselworld 2011, the C2 collection. The new C2 collection has a similar hexagonal case shape, to the original C1, but with a substantially thinner case (at 12.75 mm versus 16.7 mm on the C1). The C2 is a more accessible than the C1 line, with prices starting just under six thousand dollars.
The Concord C2 comes in a 43 mm stainless steel case, with the option for a black PVD finish, or even a diamond or solid gold bezel. The movement is an ETA 2894-2, which is a self-widing mechanical with 37-jewels, a balance cadence of 28,800 vph (4 Hz) and a 42-hour power reserve. The sapphire crystal is 2 mm thick, and sits slightly above the case, much like on the C1 line, except without the visible screws securing the bezel. The caseback is solid stainless steel. Water-resistance is 100 meters. The rubber strap is integrated directly into the case without any lugs, secured with two screws, and features a triple blade butterfly clasp. Chronograph counters record hours and minutes at 6 and 9 o'clock, along with a red central seconds hand. At 3 o'clock is Concord's signature sweep second disc.
The new C2 line is sleeker, and much more accessible than the original C1 collection, while maintaing much of the Concord DNA. If you like the C1 line, but thought it was too big, or too expensive, then you should definitely check these out when they hit stores later this year.
Retail $5,900/$6,500/$9,900 (Steel, PVD, Diamond or Gold Bezel)