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. Combining power and distinction, a sporting temperament and undeniable refinement – notably with a blue dial evoking the maritime world -, this Overseas generation achieved the perfect blend of performance and style.
2018 now 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, bracelet 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: an understated self-winding three-hand watch, and a chronograph. For the latter, Vacheron Constantin has focused on legibility by choosing a silver-toned color for its three additional counters. This panda-type aesthetic principle is inspired by the 1960s watches dedicated to motorsports. The light/dark contrast guarantees enhanced visibility and accentuates the indications provided by the chronograph function. And let’s not forget: it looks awesome!
The hour markers, hour, hour and minute hands are made from white gold and are highlighted with a white luminescent material which also ensures best legibility in the dark.
The chronograph version is powered by a self-winding automatic movement, the caliber 5200, whose oscillating weight can be admired through the 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, which prevents any potential jerking of the hand when the chronograph is activated. The movement works at a frequency of 4 Hz and provides a power reserve of approximately 52 hours.
The movement lies in a stainless steel case which measures 42.5 mm in diameter and is water-resistant up to a pressure of 15 bar.
The three-hand model is powered is also powered by an automatic movement, the calibre 5100. It works at 4 Hz and provides a power-reserve of 60 hours. With 41 mm in diameter and only 11 mm in height, this watch is a little smaller and thinner than the chronograph version.
The watches come with a steel bracelet, but a black alligator leather strap is also included, as is a third strap in black rubber.