Vacheron Constantin’s focus at SIHH 2017 was quite clearly on its high watchmaking endeavours, as seen in the Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600, Copernicus celestial spheres 2460 RT and, of course not forgetting, the Symphonia Grande Sonnerie 1860. Vastly different from what was 2016’s focus for the maison, a much more commercial collection of watches, which was the redesigned Overseas line-up.
The last we heard about the Overseas, though, was quite possibly the announcement of the Overseas Worldtime and Vacheron Constantin’s collaboration with award-winning photographer, Steve McCurry, which saw the collection and its story brought around to important landmarks across the world.
Now, a quarter into 2017, Vacheron Contantin has seen it fit to revisit their star collection from 2016, with four new additions. These are technically watches that were already part of the collection, but the particular iterations are all fresh.
Starting off with the Overseas chronograph, ref. 5500V/000M-B074, what you have here seems to be the initial pink gold version of the chronograph that’s had its all gold case taken out and executed instead with a stainless-steel case. The faceted bezel, crown and the chronograph-pushers, though, are still in pink gold with the case as well in the earlier 42.5mm dimension.
The movement, too, is the same Manufacture Calibre 5200, which allows for the vertical clutched chronograph — with central chronograph hand with minutes totalizer at three and hours totalizer at six o’clock — the date window in between four and five and the running seconds at nine o’clock. The movement boasts a 50-hour power reserve made possible by its twin barrels.
Next in the addition, is a two-toned version of the time with date Overseas, ref. 4500V/000M-B127. At 41mm, it again appears to be a re-imagination of the all pink gold version of the watch from 2016, fitted with the Manufacture Calibre 5100. 60 hours of power reserve on this one, and probably one of the easiest to fall for considering its size and pragmatic functions.
The third new Overseas is again a two-toned version. This time the Oveaseas small model at 37mm, which is essentially a time only watch with a small running seconds sub-dial at nine o’clock. This specific iteration of the watch comes in two variations: The first with its bezel set with 84 round-cut diamonds (ref. 2305V/100M-B400) and the latter without (ref. 2300V/100M-B400).
Two New All Steel Models
The Last of the new watches are all steel versions of the Oveaseas small model with new dial variations. First the rosy beige dial (ref. 2300V/100A-B078) and the other bears Vacheron Constantin’s highly beloved blue dial (ref. 2300V/100A-B170).
Like all of the Oveaseas small models, these too are fitted with the Manufacture Calibre 5300 with some 44 hours of power reserve.
On an ending note, it’s important to remind everyone that Vacheron Constantin, in line with their proprietary quick swap strap system, will be delivering all of these new pieces with a set of two straps. One leather and an alternate rubber strap. Save for the all steel models, which will be delivered with an additional steel bracelet on top of the leather and rubber straps.