Introducing the Vacheron Constantin Overseas 'Everest' Dual Time and Chronograph Limited Editions

Introducing the Vacheron Constantin Overseas 'Everest' Dual Time and Chronograph Limited Editions

The Low-Down

In 2019, photographer and mountaineer Cory Richards climbed the world’s tallest peak with a watch on his wrist. In and of itself, this isn’t so strange. But the watch Richards relied on while charting a new line up the mighty mountain was pretty special. A prototype Vacheron Constantin Overseas, with a modern look, cased in titanium and tantalum. When news of this unicorn surfaced, the crowd immediately — and unsurprisingly — went wild, clamouring for a civilian release version. Well, ask and ye shall receive (kind of), as today Vacheron Constantin has announced two new ‘Everest’ limited editions, a dual time and a chronograph that honour the spirit of this sporty pioneering prototype.

Cory Richards wearing the new Overseas Chronograph "Everest."
Cory Richards wearing the new Overseas Chronograph "Everest."
Vacheron Constantin’s new Overseas Chronograph ‘ Everest’ (© Revolution)
Vacheron Constantin’s new Overseas Chronograph ‘ Everest’ (© Revolution)

IMHO

Vacheron Constantin’s Overseas is already a great watch — one that absolutely nails the sports luxe brief. These two new watches add a modern, utilitarian aesthetic that just works. Top line, these two new models play on the established Overseas tune and add in grey-blue grained dials and some orange highlights (that second time zone hand on the Dual Time!), which look, frankly, hot. This style covers over into the straps, which, as per usual for the Overseas, are quick change. Here you get two in the box, a tough-looking Cordura number with contrast orange stitching and a grey rubber number. On their own, Vacheron Constantin could have gotten away with it, but they took it a step further. The cases are a mix of titanium and steel. In particular, the case, crown, pusher guards, pushers and bezel are titanium, while the bezel ring is steel. In addition, you’re getting a gloriously sophisticated array of finishes that guarantees these watches sing in the light.

While their cases are stainless steel, the Everest editions have the bezel, crown, and pusher rings in sandblasted titanium
While their cases are stainless steel, the Everest editions have the bezel, crown, and pusher rings in sandblasted titanium
The Overseas 'Everest' Dual Time (© Revolution)
The Overseas 'Everest' Dual Time (© Revolution)
The Overseas 'Everest' Dual Time is powered by Calibre 5110 DT/2 that delivers 60 hours of power reserve (© Revolution)
The Overseas 'Everest' Dual Time is powered by Calibre 5110 DT/2 that delivers 60 hours of power reserve (© Revolution)

Honestly, from a design front, these watches don’t take a step wrong. The chrono is 42.5mm across and 13.7 tall. The dual time is smaller at 41mm by 12.8mm. Water-resistant to 150M and equipped with lume. They’re both powered by the Vacheron Constantin calibres you see in the regular models, visible through the rear and equipped with pink gold rotors. If you’re looking for a watch that screams taste and class while still being suited to the real world (in short, the epitome of luxury sports), then this is it. The only odd omission from the product point of view is that of a titanium bracelet, but they’re famously tricky to tool — so perhaps the cost-to-price ratio didn’t make sense this time around.

Limited to 150 pieces of each, the Everest Overseas models are titanium versions of the existing steel models with gorgeous grey-blue grained dials, orange accents, and Cordura fabric straps. (© Revolution)
Limited to 150 pieces of each, the Everest Overseas models are titanium versions of the existing steel models with gorgeous grey-blue grained dials, orange accents, and Cordura fabric straps. (© Revolution)
Limited to 150 pieces of each, the Everest Overseas models are titanium versions of the existing steel models with gorgeous grey-blue grained dials, orange accents, and Cordura fabric straps. (© Revolution)
If you're looking for a watch that screams taste and class while still being suited to the real world (in short, the epitome of luxury sports), then this is it.
If you're looking for a watch that screams taste and class while still being suited to the real world (in short, the epitome of luxury sports), then this is it.
The Overseas Chronograph 'Everest' is powered by Calibre 5200/2 that delivers 60 hours of power reserve. (© Revolution)
The Overseas Chronograph 'Everest' is powered by Calibre 5200/2 that delivers 60 hours of power reserve. (© Revolution)

There is, however, one issue with this pair of watches. In the introduction, I caveated pretty hard when I said this follow up to the 2019 prototype was made to please the masses. It’s a nearly perfect watch in every metric except availability. Each of these watches is a limited edition (boutique only by the by) of 150 pieces. And, at the time of publishing, the internet suggests that the majority of these pieces were pre-sold or allocated. So, it’s a great watch, but not one you can really buy. I understand the need for luxury to be exclusive, but the fact that this watch, which is oh-so-right, is still so unobtainable leaves a sour taste in the mouths of many Vacheron Constantin fans.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time 'Everest'

Tech Specs

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time ‘Everest’ (Reference: 7910V/000T-B922)

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time 'Everest'

Movement: Calibre 5110 DT/2, automatic, 60 hours of power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, central seconds, second timezone, day/night indicator at nine, date
Case and dial: Titanium and stainless steel, 41 mm diameter, 12.8 mm thick, Bezel, crown, pusher guards and pushers in titanium, bezel-ring in stainless steel, water resistant to 150M. Grey-blue grained dial, 18K applied gold hands and hour markers, orange details.
Strap: Grey Cordura® fabric with Orange stitching, featuring a black nubuck leather lining. Delivered with a second strap in grey rubber
Price and availability: Limited edition of 150 pieces, USD 31,300

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph ‘Everest’ (Reference: 5510-000T-B923)

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph 'Everest'

Movement: 5200/2, automatic, 60 hours of power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, small-seconds at nine, chronograph, date
Case and dial: Titanium and stainless steel, 42.5 mm diameter, 13.7 mm thick, Bezel, crown, pusher guards and pushers in titanium, bezel-ring in stainless steel, water resistant to 150M. Grey-blue grained dial, 18K applied gold hands and hour markers, orange details.
Strap: Grey Cordura® fabric with Orange stitching, featuring a black nubuck leather lining. Delivered with a second strap in grey rubber
Price and availability: Limited edition of 150 pieces, USD 37,000

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Felix Scholz

Felix Scholz has spent the last decade covering watches from his home in Australia. Given this, it's surprising that he still struggles with time zones. Over the years he's become a firm believer that less is more when it comes to watch design – except when a rainbow bezel is involved. He's written for numerous titles including Hodinkee, GQ, A Collected Man and more. These days he looks after the Australian edition of Revolution and takes a break from writing about watches to talk about them, as the co-host of OT: The Podcast.

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