Twenty years ago, Vacheron Constantin had made its Overseas watch the symbol of watchmaking pleasure geared towards travel and escapism. In 2016, the Geneva-based Manufacture opened up whole new horizons for its emblematic model through a collection with a revisited design perpetuating its initial spirit. 2018 sees the emergence of a black dial version beautifully framed by the shimmering gleam of the steel case.
A distinctive six-sided bezel, self-winding Manufacture movements, bracelets/straps interchangeability: all the key elements composing the visual signature and the horological qualities of the Overseas collection are reprised in this fresh interpretation. The Overseas black dial model comes in two versions: a self-winding three-hand watch, and a chronograph. For the latter, Vacheron Constantin has focused on legibility by choosing a silver-toned colour for its three additional counters. This ‘panda-type’ aesthetic principle is inspired by 1960s watches dedicated to motorsports.
The chronograph version is powered by self-winding Calibre 5200, whose 22K oscillating weight adorned with a windrose may be admired through a transparent sapphire crystal caseback. This twin-barrel movement is equipped with a column-wheel driving the chronograph start, stop and reset functions and also features a vertical clutch – a technical device that prevents any potential jerking of the hand when the chronograph is activated.
The bracelets/straps interchangeability concept launched two years ago is picked up on the new black-dial models. The watch thus opts for modularity and a personalised touch by affording the possibility of being worn on a metal bracelet composed of links forming half Maltese crosses (for a casual look), or a strap in either leather (as a chic variation) or rubber (for a sporty touch) – and all without any need for tools to effect the changes.