The Overseas World Time
Vacheron Constantin Unveils a Beautiful, Tough Travel Watch
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At this year’s SIHH, Vacheron Constantin made a push to revitalize its Overseas line, the brand’s luxury sports watches whose roots trace back to the 1970s (in the form of the 222). In the decades since then, the Overseas has been somewhat overshadowed by its contemporaries, the Patek Philippe Nautilus and the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, but now Vacheron has reinvigorated the collection with impressive flare. So far, the watchmaker has given the Overseas line new in-house three-hand and chronograph calibres, an ultra-thin version and a perpetual calendar, not to mention a clever quick-release strap system that allows owners to swap out rubber, steel and leather straps without the need for tools. And today, Vacheron Constantin added a world time complication to this growing timepiece family.
Inside the new watch is Vacheron’s in-house caliber 2460WT, which, though not new, is impressive: it’s an automatic world time complication beating at a 28,800 vph frequency with a 40-hour power reserve (and if you’re into some subtle bling, a rotor made of 22k rose gold). And while many watchmakers are content with featuring a standard 24 time zones on their world time watches, Vacheron Constantin’s features 37, including the ones that are offset by 15 or 30 minutes. The watch face is something special, too. Along with city names in crisp lettering, the dial features a beautiful Lambert projection map depicting the Northern Hemisphere.
The movement is housed in a sizable 43.5mm stainless-steel case, and while it’d be easy to think that this handsome, complex $37,000 watch would be delicate, the new Vacheron should be able to handle the wear and tear of world travel. It features a soft-iron anti-magnet ring (think of it as a pared-down Faraday cage), as well as 150 meters of water resistance. When it goes on sale later this year, buyers will get to choose between blue, silver and brown dials.