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Concord C1 BlackSpider Limited Edition

by Michael Weare
28 July, 2011
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Concord C1 BlackSpider watch

An eight-legged anthropod equipped with a tourbillon movement. A creature that imposes its own vision of mechanics and design. C1 BlackSpider is a predator on the prowl. Its prey is time. Its weapon is empty space. Its technique is surprise.

Seems like the boffins at Concord watches have leapt onto the idea that their latest creation looks a little like a big black spider and they are thrashing the idea for all its worth, so who are we to stand in the way of their vision. The Press Release continues:

Born in vitro in the C lab, creator of avant-garde watchmaking, the C1 BlackSpider spins a world in which time is caught fast in its web and beats to the rhythmical oscillations of a tourbillon mechanism. Its original concept is a closely interwoven combination of aesthetic and technical elements.

The C105 Movement

Concord C1 Black Spider movement

The limited edition Concord C1 BlackSpider was indeed created in the C Lab, a research unit specialising in the development of avant-garde watches. The watch is powered by a hand-wound hand-made 19-jewel C105 movement, which features a tourbillon escapement, visible through a 47mm skeletonised, arachnid-shaped base plate.

Concord CI Black Spider case back

There are two cutouts, one at 6 o’clock displays the tourbillon while the other at 1 o’clock gives the view of the balance wheel. This beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour and has a three day power reserve.

25-piece limited edition

Concord C1 Black Spider

The Concord C1 BlackSpider is a 25-piece limited edition black watch, and the case band carries a raised disk bearing the individual series number enhanced by a diamond-polished finish. The matt vulcanised rubber strap is secured to the case by four self-locking screws, while the lug-free attachment construction ensures ease of use at all times. The dark and brooding looks of the C1 BlackSpider is likely to ensure that the 25-piece limited edition series is quickly ensared by collectors.

About Concord

Concord Watch was founded in Biel, Switzerland in 1908. From the start, the brand was created to design watches very much with the American market in mind and it’s no coincidence today that it is part of the New York based Movado Group. The Movado Group also owns Coach, Lacoste, Hugo Boss and Tommy Hilfiger watches.

Over the years, Concord has made several innovations such as being one of the first “private label” luxury watches to incorporate precious metals and gems in its timepieces. It was also the first company to make a wristwatch made of coins. In 1979 it had a major breakthrough with the invention of the Concord Delirium Watch which was the thinnest watch ever made at the time at 1.98 mm thick.

The C1 lab concept was established in 2007 as a way to create high quality concept watches to compete with the likes of Panerai, Audemars Piguet and Hublot. The C1 Gravity Tourbillion won the prestigious “Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve” as ‘Best design of the year 2008.’

Specifications

Movement

  • Mechanical, hand-wound Concord Calibre C105
  • 72-hour power reserve
  • 21,600 vibrations per hour
  • 19 jewels

Functions

  • Hours, minutes, tourbillon

Case

  • Titanium
  • Dimensions: 47 mm in diameter – 13.55 mm in depth
  • 3.30 mm thick sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
  • Stainless steel crown
  • Water-resistant to 30 metres
  • Open case back secured by 8 screws

Strap

  • Black vulcanised rubber
  • Concord folding clasp in black PVD-treated stainless steel

To Find out more visit the Concord C1 BlackSpider mini site

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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