It may be arduous to get enthusiastic about “one other dive watch” from “one other microbrand,” however the newest Concordia Automated Kraken from French-based Charlie Paris isn’t your typical providing. The stealthy aesthetics, Swiss automated and cozy depth score push it above acquainted Seiko or Miyota-powered divers that at present flood the market. Charlie Paris isn’t a newcomer, however many might be unfamiliar with the Parisian model. Based in 2014 by childhood associates Ambroise and Adrien, there’s already a wholesome portfolio of reasonably priced males’s and girls’s watches. Designs are contemporary, modern and positively price a glance.
The Charlie Paris Concordia line is available in a couple of flavours and options each automated and quartz variants, however the Kraken is the blacked-out, under-the-radar piece and not using a quartz counterpart. The names usually describe the look, like Concordia Dune with gradient brown dials and so forth, however the Kraken is head-to-toe darkish shades of gray, together with the case, dial, lume and strap. The 316L stainless-steel case has a PVD coating and versatile dimensions of 40mm in diameter and 12.5mm in peak (lug-to-lug is 47.5mm). This permits it to be worn for many events and not using a concentrate on aquatic adventures, regardless of a pro-level water resistance of 300 metres. There’s a 3mm domed AR sapphire crystal on the entrance and a sapphire exhibition case again, which is spectacular for the worth. The unidirectional rotating bezel has a case-matching, anodized aluminium insert with helpful but minimal Arabic numerals and marks. The tapered screw-down crown is each trendy and outsized for straightforward manipulation and has an anodized aluminium insert.
The dial of the Concordia Automated Kraken is a sandblasted black with utilized spherical indices, damaged up by rectangular markers at 3 and 9 o’clock. A color-matching date window occupies the house at 6 o’clock. All indices are stuffed with black Tremendous-LumiNova X1, together with the hour and minute palms. The lollipop seconds hand has a sq. aperture with black lume as effectively. A easy minute/seconds observe circles the outermost perimeter and the general vibe leans a bit to the Oris Divers Sixty-5, however it’s additionally its personal factor for certain.
Many Charlie Paris watches have Miyota automatics, however the Kraken (and Concordia automatics) function a Swiss Soprod P024. It has 25 jewels and beats at 28,800vph (4Hz), and the facility reserve is a good 40 hours. Capabilities embrace central hours, minutes, hacking seconds and date. The rotor has a black ruthenium galvanic remedy to match the blacked-out theme, however the calibre is in any other case undecorated. It nonetheless presents effectively by the sapphire again. Soprod was a sensible choice on this case because the bridges and plates are literally machined in France. It’s based mostly on the ETA 2824-2 and is correct to inside 14 seconds per day.
The Concordia Automated Kraken isn’t a Swiss-made piece despite the motion and is hand-assembled by Charlie Paris watchmakers in Paris. It comes with a colour-matching 20mm leather-based or nylon strap with quick-release levers and metal pin buckle, and all Charlie Paris watches have a two-year guarantee. The retail worth is EUR 875, which is strong given the 300-metre depth score, 3mm domed sapphire crystal and Swiss Soprod automated. For extra data and to put an order, please go to charlie-paris.com.
Sponsored publish: This text is sponsored by Charlie Paris. Nonetheless, it displays the author’s opinion and has been written in accordance with MONOCHROME’s editorial coverage.