Introduced in the East London’s Old Shoreditch Tube Station, the C2 GraffitiGrey Circuit paid homage to Concord’s highly successful edition of a C2 GraffitiGrey Chronograph. This cool project challenged a number of city artists from European metropolises to come with personal interpretations of the C2 GraffitiGrey, decorating heaven spots of their cities.
With its original concept that brings together the urban, 21st century style and an edgy monochromatic elegance, Concord C2 GraffitiGrey timepiece served as the starting point, an initial creative impulse for renowned graffiti artists from Paris, Milan and London who were free to express themselves using their signature styles.
Shoreditch is one of the coolest underground venues in London, also known as the center of the UK street art. No wonder why London graffiti life artists A + B and Concord picked this spot for the start of the original project. Commenting their work, these creative artists said that they had used a signature realistic graffiti style with a scrapbook feel in order to bring “a distinctive London feel to the work”, while working with a gray-scale palette, very similar to those of C2 GraffitiGrey’s case and strap.
Next stop, the City of Light. “This is a cool project to be involved with. I was given a direction and then left to rock”, said a Parisian city artist, Seeya, speaking about the Graffiti Circuit. The work of this artist, who has a decade-long career of decorating streets and abandoned buildings in France and other countries, today can be found in Parisian art galleries and private collections alike. However, the abandoned warehouse next to a busy train line, which had been chosen for the Concord C2 GraffitiGrey project, seams like the place with a special value for Seeya, as the secret spot reserved only for the greatest graffiti artists in Paris.
Finally, Graffiti Circuit leads us to Milan, showcasing the work of the well-known graffiti ambassador, Krio, which now adorns an exclusive artistic hub, in the heart of the Milanese graffiti scene. Protected by the community of graffiti artists, this urban heaven in the centre of Milan displays the works of Europe’s greatest names in modern graffiti art. “The overall piece is about time, my city and of course food – and although the C2 is only a small part of the design, it holds the rest of the piece together. I really like painting the C2 watch and including the small details”, said Krio about his work.
Concord C2 GraffitiGrey Chronograph – True Representative of Contemporary Watchmaking
There are several reasons why I specially like this version of Concord’s elegant C2 line of sporty chronographs. First of all, it is a perfect watch for the casual, everyday wear. It is modern, but not pretentious, it is cool and masculine, but not too striking. Reduced to very few shades of monochrome gray and black, Concord C2 GraffitiGrey Chronograph is the great reminiscent of the urban graffiti that evolved during years from a subculture to a recognized artistic form.
The C2 GraffitiGrey’s case with the diameter of 43mm is dressed up in black PVD-coated stainless steel with grey décor. It incorporates pretty cool black PVD coated steel pushers decorated with gray shade, as well as a screw-down crown embossed with the C logo. They are all oversized compared to previous versions, for the easy handling. A case-back with the embossed C2 logo is secured by 6 screws.
Nicely tinted sapphire crystal glass gives the very nice, stylish touch to a black, three-dimensional dial, as well as gray Superluminova accents on hour markers, hands and the small-second rotating disc at the 3 o’clock position. The 30-minute counter is located at the 9 o’clock position, while the 12-hour sub-dial takes the 6 o’clock position, along with the date window. Dauphine hour and minute hands are asymmetrical and hollowed out. A gray alligator strap of Concord C2 GraffitiGrey Chronograph is a little bit lighter than the rest of the watch. It comes with black stitching and a black PVD-treated stainless steel deployment buckle, with the embossedConcord cover.
The watch is powered by a famous ETA 2894-2 self-winding movement. It featuresGeneva stripes, aConcord signed oscillating weight and 37 jewels. This highly accurate mechanism oscillates at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) and provides the power reserve of 42 hours.
This is not a kind of watch I would dive with, rather because its urban style, than because of its water-resistance which is, by the way, pretty good. It can withstand water-pressure up to 100 meters (330 feet). Concord C2 GraffitiGrey Chronograph watch was released this fall in the limited number of pieces and its retail price goes around $7,600.