By combining a sporting spirit with the haute horlogerie, Vacheron Constantin created two new Overseas models that both manifest aesthetical and technical excellence. Crafted in 18 karat pink gold, Chronograph Perpetual Calendar watch is the real highlight of the collection. Another brand’s flagship model, the Overseas Chronograph, comes with the new striking look, featuring a stainless steel body and a deep blue dial.
Connoisseurs of the renowned watchmaker can easily recognize the collection to which the brand’s new Perpetual Calendar Chronograph belongs, just by noticing a distinctive sophisticated style and a number of signature features of the Overseas Collection that this timepiece inherited. Beside authentic powerful lines of its case, there is a bezel inspired by Vacheron Constantin’s Maltese Cross emblem. Furthermore, hour markers, the crown, screw-lock pushers, as well as the case-back are all adorned with a raised medallion that represents the iconic three-mast Amerigo Vespucci ship.
The 18 karat pink gold case of the new Overseas Chronograph Perpetual Calendar (Reference 49020/000R-975) has the diameter of 42 mm and, like every other model from the collection, provides water-resistance up to 150 meters. Besides, the case houses a soft iron cage that serves as the protector of a mechanism from the magnetic fields of up to 25,000 A/m.
A subtle sandy shade of the gray opaline dial nicely combines a sporty character with elegance. It is amazing how clear and readable it is, considering the number of features it displays. A small second sub-dial is located at the 6 o’clock position, along with the moon phase indicator. At the 9 o’clock position, there are both a 12-hour counter and a day of the week display. The sub-dial at the 3 o’clock displays both date and 30-minute counter. Finally, the 48-month counter with leap years is located at the 12 o’clock position. Hands and hour-markers are covered with white luminescent substance that makes the watch highly legible, even in the dark.
Inside the case, there is a Calibre 1136 QP self-winding movement. It comprises 228 parts, oscillates at the frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and provides approximately 40 hours of power reserve. However, thanks to a luxurious presentation case that incorporates a rotating mechanism, the watch will not stop beating, even when it is not worn. This special mechanism ensures watch to be perpetually wound, which helps the calendar indicators to be always properly adjusted.
The Overseas Chronograph Perpetual Calendar is available with both a vulcanized brown rubber strap and a brown alligator leather strap, which allows you to create sportier or more elegant look, depending on a situation, while a pink gold triple-blade, double-pusher folding clasp ensures security and comfort.
New Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph
Also highly distinctive, new Overseas Chronograph (Reference 49150/B01A-9745) comes for the first time with a deep blue dial with meticulous finishing which enhances its sporty expression. The most recognizable part of the watch is the famous bezel inspired by the Maltese Cross, as well as its comfortable stainless steel bracelet, featuring authentic links shaped like a half Maltese Cross. The case-back of the watch comes with a raised motif representing the historical Amerigo Vespucci sailboat, which is another distinctive element.
Its 42 mm case is crafted in stainless steel with an amazing attention to details that demonstrates a pure artistry. It has a beautiful satin-finished surface and chamfered edges, while the bezel features nicely polished finishes. The case also incorporates a screw-down crown and two push buttons. Inside the case, there is a soft iron cage protecting a mechanism from magnetic fields of up to 25,000 A/m. Thanks to the great protection, the watch has a superb water-resistance up to 150 meters (about 500 feet).
The new Overseas Chronograph is powered by a Calibre 1137 mechanical self-winding chronograph movement. It comprises 183 parts and 37 jewels and provides 40 hour of power reserve, while oscillating at the frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour.
The dial is nice, clear and highly readable thanks to the luminescent hands and hour-markers which are made of 18 karat white gold and treated with white luminescent material. Three blue snailed counters with rhodiumized diamond-polished filets come in different sizes, which looks pretty cool. The small seconds sub-dial is located at the 6 o’clock position, the large 30-minute counter takes the 3 o’clock position, while the 12-hour counter is positioned at the 9 o’clock position. Besides, the Overseas Chronograph timepiece also comes with a large double date window, located at the 12 o’clock place. Finally, a sporty stainless steel bracelet combines polished and satin finishes, incorporating a stainless steel triple blade folding clasp with a double security system.
With two new Overseas Chronograph timepieces, the prestigious Geneva-based watchmaker once again demonstrates its expertise in the field of Haute Horology sports timepieces. Their refined styles and authentic elegance nicely follow a mechanical complexity which is required at this level of watchmaking.