Smart Use of Colors and Materials Makes This Complicated Vacheron Constantin a Total Winner
Price: Blue dial (with rubber strap and alligator strap) $75,000; Rose gold (with rose gold bracelet, rubber strap and alligator strap): $92,500
Movement: 1120 QP/1
Case Diameter: 41.5mm
Case Thickness: 8.1mm
Water Resistance: 50 meters
Unique Features: Perpetual calendar; soft iron inner ring for anti-magnetism; tool-free strap/bracelet change
Upshot: The Overseas is the basis for Vacheron’s sports watch line, originally launched back in 1976 as the reference 222. In 2016, Vacheron updated the line (which included a world timer, an ultra-thin, a perpetual calendar and a chronograph) and it continues to do so, this time adding two new dial looks to the ultra-thin perpetual calendar.
Who It’s For: Vacheron’s Overseas line injects utilitarianism into what otherwise feels like pure luxury. This is even more apparent in an ultra-thin perpetual calendar watch; in addition to the new dial looks (we favor the blue dial with pink gold case), Vacheron uses a tool-free system for easily changing between a bracelet and a leather or even a rubberized strap. Paired with the thinness of the watch, its high water resistance and anti-magnetic case, the aim seems to be luring those everyday steel luxury-sports watch wearers into the fold.
First Take: The sportiness of this watch is apparent. But with this reference in particular, Vacheron’s also furthered its utility as a dress watch, too. The most striking visual features of the Overseas continues to be its funky case shape and six-sided bezel — which in this watch are 18K pink gold. And lest we forget amidst all the other exciting features, it’s a perpetual calendar, with all the bells and whistles to match embedded subtly within subdials and moon phases.
Insight: Vacheron continues its march in two separate directions for the Overseas: sporty and everyday wearable on one hand, dressy and luxurious on the other. Amazingly, it works — and the pink gold case with blue dial makes it one of their best-looking watches yet.