Vacheron Constantin, Watch Reviews

New Vacheron Constantin Overseas in Black

2018 sees the emergence of a black dial version beautifully framed by the shimmering gleam of the steel case.

Twenty years ago, Vacheron Constantin had made its Overseas watch the symbol of watchmaking pleasure geared towards travel and escapism. In 2016, the Geneva-based Manufacture opened up whole new horizons for its emblematic model through a collection with a revisited design perpetuating its initial spirit. Combining power and distinction, a sporting temperament and undeniable refinement – notably with a blue dial evoking the maritime world –, this Overseas generation achieved the perfect blend of performance and style.

A distinctive six-sided bezel, self-winding Manufacture movements, bracelets/straps interchangeability: all the key elements composing the visual signature and the horological qualities of the Overseas collection are reprised in this fresh interpretation.

Entirely at ease in all situations and with any style, the Overseas black dial model comes in two versions: an understated self-winding three-hand watch, and a chronograph. For the latter, Vacheron Constantin has focused on legibility by choosing a silver-toned colour for its three additional counters.

This ‘panda-type’ aesthetic principle is inspired by 1960s watches dedicated to motorsports. The light/dark contrast guarantees enhanced visibility and accentuates the indications provided by the chronograph function.

The chronograph version is powered by self-winding Calibre 5200, whose 22K oscillating weight adorned with a windrose may be admired through a transparent sapphire crystal caseback. This twin-barrel movement is equipped with a column-wheel driving the chronograph start, stop and reset functions and also features a vertical clutch – a technical device that prevents any potential jerking of the hand when the chronograph is activated.

Designed to ensure the Overseas a collection is fully in touch with its time, the bracelets/straps interchangeability concept launched two years ago is picked up on the new black-dial models. The watch thus opts for modularity and a personalised touch by affording the possibility of being worn on a metal bracelet composed of links forming half Maltese crosses (for a casual look), or a strap in either leather (as a chic variation) or rubber (for a sporty touch) – and all without any need for tools to effect the changes.