SIHH 2016: Vacheron Constantin is reinventing one of its iconic collections, Overseas.

Vacheron Constantin – SIHH 2016 OVERSEAS.

Overseas chrono bleu 5500V/110A-B148

Created in a spirit of casual elegance and practicality, five new Vacheron Constantin Overseas models equipped with Manufacture movements – including three new calibres – embody the new generation of self-winding timepieces inspired by the spirit of travel. All models, whether in steel or gold, from the simplest to the most complicated, bear the Hallmark of Geneva and are fitted with easily interchangeable bracelets/straps. Alongside watches featuring simple displays (hours, minutes, seconds, with or without date), the collection also comprises chronographs and ultra-thin timepieces. The new Vacheron Constantin calibres combining simple and complicated displays, driven by an oscillating weight are inspired by the wind rose, a symbol of travel.

Overseas chrono bleu 5500V/110A-B148 Overseas Auto 4500V/110A-B127 3/4 face

In keeping with the travel spirit, Overseas timepieces meet practical demands in order to guarantee their owner ideal comfort and user friendliness. They are equipped with mechanical self-winding movements ensuring a generous power reserve. Protected from magnetic disturbances by a soft iron ring, these calibres are endowed with remarkable precision and durability, while the case with a transparent and generally screwed-down caseback ensures water-resistance to 50 metres for the ultra-thin models, and to 150 metres for the others.

The new 2016 Overseas models are all about modularity, with three types of easily interchangeable stainless steel or precious metal bracelets – complete with an easy-fit system for enhanced comfort – as well as leather and rubber straps. An ingenious interchangeability device for the bracelets/straps and the folding clasp, serves to secure them in place without any need for tools, while guaranteeing the same robustness as a fixed bracelet or strap.

Calibre 5100 Overseas Recto boucle interchangeable sur bracelet cuir Overseas

Coated with a translucent blue, silver-toned, rosy beige or grey lacquer – depending on the model, the dials alternate between sunburst, snailed and velvety finishes. The gold luminescent facetted hands and hour-markers echo the gold frame surrounding the inner bezel ring, while the Arabic numerals ensure optimal readability. The screwed-down caseback fitted with a sapphire crystal reveals a 22K gold oscillating weight adorned with a wind rose, a universal symbol indicating the cardinal points for travelers, and adorned with sandblasted, polished and finely grained finishes.

Overseas chrono blue 5500V/110A-B148
Overseas Chronograph – Vacheron Constantin Calibre 5200
The Overseas Chronograph watch bearing the Hallmark of Geneva is equipped with Calibre 5200, the new self-winding chronograph movement developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin. The result of a five-year development process, this 263-component calibre is fitted with a column wheel coordinating the chronograph start, stop and reset functions, as well as a vertical coupling clutch preventing any jerking of the hand when the chronograph starts. The Overseas Chronograph comes in a stainless steel or 18K pink gold 42.5 mm-diameter case. Its screwed-down pushpieces, crown and caseback guarantee water-resistance to 150 metres, while its transparent back reveals a 22K gold oscillating weight adorned with a wind rose. The new stainless steel models are each delivered with three interchangeable bracelet/straps.

Overseas ultra-thin 2000V/120G-B122
Overseas – Vacheron Constantin Calibre 5100
Hours, minutes, seconds, date: this Overseas model displays essential functions with an aura of natural distinction. Nestled in a
41 mm-diameter case in stainless steel or 18K pink gold, the new Calibre 5100 entirely designed, developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin is composed of 172 parts.

Overseas chrono blue 5500V/110A-B148recto-verso
Overseas small model – Vacheron Constantin Calibre 5300
The Overseas Small Model is adorned with 84 round-cut diamonds totalling over one carat and daintily set on its six-sided bezel. At the heart of its stainless steel or 18K pink 37 mm-diameter case beats the new Calibre 5300 developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin. This 128-part self-winding movement powers the hours, minutes and small seconds at 9 o’clock, while ensuring an approximately two-day power reserve.
Overseas ultra-thin perpetual calendar – Vacheron Constantin Calibre 1120 QP
Vacheron Constantin Calibre 1120 QP is an ultra-thin mechanical self-winding movement equipped with a perpetual calendar complete with moon phases. This function calls for impressive feats of miniaturisation in order to adjust to calendar irregularities while requiring no adjustment until the year 2100, as well as to accommodate its 276 components within a space barely 4.05 mm thick.

Overseas ultra-thin 2000V/120G-B122 recto-verso
Overseas ultra-thin – Calibre 1120
Its slim 18K white gold 40 mm-diameter case houses Calibre 1120, an ultra-thin self-winding movement developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin, comprising 144 components while measuring no more than 2.45 mm thick.