On the January 13th of 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 degrees. He thus became the first French 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.
Charlie Paris designed and developed the CONCORDIA to meet the extraordinary specifications of this expedition. Amagnetic, waterproof up to 300 meters, the watch can withstand extreme temperatures, down to -70 °.
Why CONCORDIA? Concordia is the name of a research station based in Antarctica, one of the three stations inside the Antarctic continent to operate the whole year !
The collection comes in an automatic version of 40mm diameter with rotating bezel and a more accessible quartz version of 38mm diameter. 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).
The Automatic CONCORDIA is the one that was worn by the adventurer during his expedition. With its rotating bezel and indicators of very readable hours, 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. Twenty-five rubies. 28,800 vibrations per hour. Autonomy of 40 hours.
Glass quality: Domed Sapphire, Anti-glare, 2.8mm thick
Crown: Screwed with aluminum insert
Water Resistance: 30ATM, 300 meters/1000 ft
“The watch has always been one of the most important tools for explorers. This is even more true in Antarctic where 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. ” Matthieu Tordeur
Charlie Paris is a French watchmaking company founded in 2014. All their watches are designed, conceived and assembled in France. Charlie was founded on a simple idea: Make the watches they dreamed of; timeless pieces with singular lines, Made in France and sold at the right price. Today they have a hundred of resellers around the world and their own shop in Paris where you can see all their collections and the CONCORDIA.
Their meeting with Matthew Tordeur goes back more than a year now, his expedition project and his world record had immediately thrilled Charlie Paris. After gradually expanding their collections over the years, they felt ready to release a watch made for adventure that would meet strong technical constraints.