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Charlie Paris Concordia

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On January 13, 2019, the adventurer Matthieu Tordeur completed the expedition of his dreams: crossing the Antarctic in total autonomy, over nearly 1150km at only 27 years old. An exceptional fight that lasted 52 days in temperatures down to -50° C. He thus became the first French citizen and youngest explorer in history to ski from the coast of the Antarctic continent (Hercules Inlet) to the South Pole solo, without assistance and in total autonomy. On this journey, he wore a Concordia wrist watch by Charlie Paris.  

Charlie Paris Concordia Automatic black
Charlie Paris is a French watchmaking company founded in 2014. All our watches are designed, conceived and assembled in France. We founded Charlie on a simple idea: make the watches we dreamed of; timeless pieces with singular lines, make them in France, and sell them at the right price. Today we have a hundred of resellers around the world and our own shop in Paris where you can see all our collection and the Concordia.

Charlie Paris Concordia Automatic blue

We designed and developed the Concordia to meet the extraordinary requirements of Matthieu Tordeur’s expedition. The watch is named for a research station based in Antarctica; one of the three stations inside the Antarctic continent to operate the whole year! The Concordia is antimagnetic, waterproof up to 300 meters, and can withstand extreme temperatures down to -70° C. 

Charlie Paris Concordia Matthieu Tordeur South Pole

The collection comes in an automatic version of 40mm diameter with rotating bezel and a more accessible 38mm version featuring a Seiko VH31 sweep-second quartz. These two versions are available in three colors each: blue, black, and steel. All watches are numbered and it’s a limited edition (200 quartz, 200 automatics in total).

Charlie Paris Concordia Automatic blue

The Automatic Concordia is the watch that was worn by the adventurer during his expedition. With its rotating bezel and highly legible indicators, it adopts a sporty and elegant design.
  • Made in France: Assembled in France, in Besançon
  • Case: 316L Steel, 40 mm diameter, 12.7 mm thickness, polished and brushed. Non-Magnetic ISO764.
  • Dial: Index and luminescent needles in Super-LumiNova®.
  • Bezel: Unidirectional rotating, aluminum insert, hourly graduation and special symbol at 12h
  • Caseback: Screwed steel, with the logo "Objectif Pôle Sud" and the number XXX/200
  • Movement: Swiss Mechanical self-winding, caliber ETA 2824-2 elaborated finish with 25 rubies, 28,800 vibrations per hour, and a power reserve of 40 hours.
  • Glass quality: Domed Sapphire, Anti-glare, 2.8mm thick
  • Crown: Screwed with aluminum insert
  • Water Resistance: 30ATM, 300 meters/1000 ft

Charlie Paris Concordia Matthieu Tordeur wrist

"The watch has always been one of the most important tools for explorers," said Tordeur. "This is even more true in the Antarctic where the sun is shining 24/7 and where the watch was my only time marker in this frozen desert. Mechanical watches are also much more reliable in the cold compared to electronic equipment." 

Charlie Paris Concordia Matthieu Tordeur South Pole

Our meeting with Matthew Tordeur goes back more than a year now, his expedition project and his world record had immediately thrilled us. After gradually expanding our collections over the years, we felt ready to release a watch made for an adventure that would meet strong technical constraints. 

You may purchase a Concordia on the Charlie Paris website. The Quartz starts at €295 and you can still get an Automatic for as low as 695 if you buy before the pre-order period ends on Monday,  February 25, at which point the price will increase to €795 for a Concordia Automatic on a strap and €825 on a bracelet. However, for the next two weeks, Time Bum readers can get 10% off the entire Concordia range with code TTBXCHARLIE. ⬩

Charlie Paris Concordia Automatic black

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