We are used to beautiful, ultra-complicated timepieces emanating from the house of Vacheron Constantin; that is practically the order of the day there. And last year we were even treated to a whole new collection of beautiful, shaped chronographs called Harmony.
At the 2016 SIHH, Vacheron Constantin once again introduced a new line, but one that’s not quite as new as the Harmony: it’s the sporty Overseas – the lone representa Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronographtion of a sports collection within the elegant Vacheron Constantin repertoire – which has been entirely revamped.
And how it’s been revamped! Brand-new in-house movements, brilliant dials, and above all that superb strap-changing system that allows a quick and easy, yet very safe, change of all of the straps and bracelets in the line within seconds.
While very thin chronographs usually win my heart – and there are two luscious examples in this new line – it’s the blue-dialed Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph with its casual, sporty elegance and perfect dimensions for an automatic everyday wristwatch with both extreme functionality and grand elegance that I decided to nominate here.
And just in case you needed a little extra bit of heart-tugging: when you turn the 42.5 mm stainless steel watch over and peer through the depths of the new chronograph movement called Caliber 5200, it doesn’t take the eye very long to spot the column wheel with its three-dimensional Maltese cross, one of the brand’s best-known symbols. A stellar addition to the movement.
The $19,900 watch comes with three bands – a stainless steel bracelet, a rubber strap, and a leather strap – that are easily (and I mean really easily – even I can do it) interchangeable by the owner. For more information and original photography and video please see The New Vacheron Constantin Overseas Reflects Travel, Companionship, And Extremely Easy Strap Interchangeability.