Vacheron Constantin: Overseas, the Traveller Collection

by Dr Kenny Pang

The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Collection relaunched with much success in 2016 with its easy to use, seamless interchangeable straps the one can change on the move, without any tools. The exciting and innovative collection recognises the need for versatility during travel and merges the need for different straps for various occasions.

The Collection welcomed two new models at SIHH 2018 this year:

  1. the Overseas dual time (new Caliber 5110 DT), allowing simultaneous reading of two time zones by means of coaxial hands; and
  2. the Overseas ultra-thin perpetual calendar, featuring a slim 18 carats 5N 8.1mm pink gold case.

Each featuring a six-sided bezel reminiscent of Vacheron Constantin’s Maltese cross, a transluscent lacquered dial with facetted and luminescent gold hands and hour-markers, in-house movements, a 22 carats gold oscillating weight adorned with a wind rose, and interchangeable bracelet/straps for this traveller collection.

The Overseas dual time – Caliber 5110 DT is available in stainless steel with a blue or silver-toned lacquered dial, or in 18 carats 5N pink gold with a silver-toned dial. The steel version bracelet comprise half Maltese cross-shaped polished and satin brushed links. It comes as a set with two additional alligator leather, and rubber straps matching the shade of the dial, fitted with interchangeable stainless steel folding clasp.

The 18 carats 5N pink gold version is teamed with alligator or rubber straps, secured by an interchangeable 18 carats 5N pink gold folding clasp.

Most might expect an interchangeable watch strap to be loose or flimsy, but with hands-on experience, such is not the case with the Vacheron Constantin Overseas pieces. They are sturdy, firm and secure; moreover, one can learn it in just one take.

For a frequent traveller like myself, the new Overseas dual time will have a guaranteed air time on my wrist.

But just when we think the collection is as comprehensive as it gets, the Maison reveals the Overseas Black Dial stainless steel model in two versions today, 16 April 2018:

  • a self-winding three-hand watch; and
  • a chronograph.

For legibility and enhanced visibility, the three counters of the chronograph feature a silver-toned colour, a panda-like contrast aesthetic inspired by 1960s watches dedicated to motorsports. This chronograph version is powered by self-winding Calibre 5200, a twin-barrel movement equipped with a column-wheel to drive the chronograph functions, complete with a vertical clutch (the vertical clutch prevents any potential jerking of the hand when the chronograph is activated).

As with the other steel watches from the Overseas Collection, the black dial versions come with a set of three straps each, comprising the distinctive half Maltese cross linked metal bracelet, leather, and rubber straps.

Let’s put it out there: Overseas, the new black?

 

Related links:

Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2018

Vacheron Constantin: Retro Modernity of the FIFTYSIX®

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