It is no secret that precious jewels have always featured in men's high-end, luxury watches. Yet it seems that these days more and more of these jewels are finding their way onto dials, bezels and bands, as opposed to only being incorporated in the complicated movements that power these incredible timepieces. One brand that has recently taken this new trend to the next level is Concord, with their new C1 Chronograph. The watch features a 44mm white gold case, standing 16.70mm tall and is set with enough diamonds (184 to be exact, or a cool 2.4 carats) to ensure that anyone who tries to look directly at the dial risks potential permanent blindness.
On the plus side, the watch does tell the time, and features an automatic movement with a 5 day power reserve, which is cool, not unique to this watch, but nice to have. I'm just going to flat out say it, this watch is an ugly eyesore. Other Aquanautic watches do fill some interesting niches, but this Diver Tourbillon is clearly meant to fill a void that it creates when it enters a room (and everyone else leaves).
The result of this is that Patek Phillipe is snobby about their watches, and cater mostly to the already rich. Using their "private" meetings, and sponsorship of elitist events, they are shielding themselves off from becoming a maker of fine watches and art; to remaining a caterer of luxury goods to the ultra-rich. Perhaps when Thierry Stern succeeds his father things will change. Already other watch makers are beginning to understand the importance of reaching out to new markets. Regardless, Patek Philippe still has an amazing line of watches, whose lasting appeal cannot be argued. I just know that if I can ever obtain a Patek Philippe watch, I'd buy it from a private buyer, not an authorized dealer, just to show Patek how Americans enjoy a good value because we know where to find them.
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Look closely at the texture on the exposed areas of the dial and you will see a ridge pattern. This looks attractive, but also tricks the eyes into thinking the surface is a bit more opaque than it actually is. I am actually amazed at how little space on the dial needs to be reserved for this purpose though. I don't think that the subdials share this light permeable quality. Kudos to the Citzen Eco-Drive movement for being so adaptable. Given the movement, the Citizen Campanola Eco-Drive watches feature an energy reserve so that you know when they need to be taken out of the case and worn a bit. Further complications are impressive, with a 12 hour chronograph, peripheral date indicator, and smiling moonphase indicator.
The watch itself came in two versions. Each with yellow gold cases, but one with actual meteorite used for the dial of the watch. A good taste of the celestial for such a themed watch. The design is fitting for placement in a marble appointed museum, or alike, but the features make for comfortable daily wear. Size of the watch is 40mm. The watch is powered by an automatic in-house Ulysse Nardin movement, and is admirably legible given the amount of features that it has. I'd hate to see this watch run out of power, and the user spend hours trying to reset all the features. More likely, you'd have to send it back to Ulysse Nardin for such labor. There are several other similar watches in the aforementioned celestial themed series of watches made by master watch maker Ulysse Nardin, stay turned for more of them.
* Brushed Stainless Steel case and five-link bracelet.
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* 42mm diameter.
* 17mm thick.
* 4mm thick sapphire crystal (same thickness as the crystal on the Rolex Sea Dweller).
* Water resistant to 660 feet, or 200 meters.
* Swiss quartz movement.
* Carbon fiber dial.
* 9 directly from Ocean7.