Vacheron Constantin Prototype

This Prototype Dual-Time Watch Was Made for an Expedition to Mt. Everest

June 18, 2019 Watches By

American explorer and photographer Cory Richards is no stranger to challenge and hardship — he’s already conquered Everest twice, once without the use of supplementary oxygen. In wanting to utilize a watch on his most recent expedition that featured a dual-time complication, Richards turned to Vacheron Constantin, which provided him with a special prototype version of the Overseas Dual Time.

The prototype used by Richards features a titanium body reinforced with tantalum beneath the bezel, as well as two titanium crown guards. The dial is a special orange-accented, grey-blue frosted version, and the watch is fitted with an orange-stiched, grey-blue Ventile fabric strap. A special rotor is engraved with an image of Everest taken from one of Richards’s photographs.

As of now, this prototype isn’t commercially available, but Vacheron Constantin does point out that through its bespoke program Les Cabinotiers, they could technically fabricate any watch that a client might desire…

Gear Patrol also recommends:
Monta Atlas ($1,615)
Rolex GMT Master II ($9,250)
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dualtime ($23,900)
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