Vacheron Constantin is undoubtedly one of the most revered names in watchmaking, with a heritage that stretches over two centuries. Its timepieces have graced the wrists of luminaries such as Napoleon Bonaparte and King Edward VIII.
Instead of being shackled to its past, Vacheron Constantin has constantly looked to the future while keeping true to its DNA, and the new Overseas range stays true to that course. Back in January, Vacheron Constantin introduced six new sports models with two all-steel versions in the mix and we finally managed to get our hands on the timepieces during a photography workshop held by Vacheron Constantin in collaboration with Leica.
The theme was the spirit of travel, illustrating the manufacture’s close relations with photography and adventure. Of course, being adventurous, we attempted to take photos of the new models with help from professional photographer Yew Mun Cheong. Let’s just say we’re probably going to stick to our day jobs.
The one that caught our eye was the new chronograph (below), powered by the mechanical self-winding Manufacture Calibre 5200.
Encased in a 42.5mm dial, the chronograph boasts a power reserve exceeding 50 hours although I reckon this is the kind of timepiece that goes great with almost any outfit you’re wearing and in whatever situation you find yourself in. And in typical understated Vacheron Constantin’s style, the column wheel is adorned with a screw shaped like the brand’s Maltese cross, which can be seen through the transparent sapphire crystal case back. It’s a great conversation starter.
But such a size can overpower many Asian wrists, which is why we’re glad that Vacheron Constantin has also introduced an Overseas small model in a rose gold bezel and crown (without diamonds!) that comes in at 37mm and powered by the manufacture’s Calibre 5300.
The sub-dial at nine o’clock displays the elapsed seconds and Vacheron Constantin has dispensed with the date window. Bold? Certainly. But we do admit that it appeals to the minimalist in us and gives the timepiece an aesthetic flair that isn’t usually found in sports watches. There are two straps available – the dark brown hand-stitched alligator leather that goes well with your power suits and a dark brown rubber for the lazy weekends or the overseas adventures.
And if you’ve realised, it’s two-tone, which was all the rage at SIHH 2017 back in January. It’s a trend we heartily approve.