A watch brand with an incredible 260-year history, Vacheron Constantin has always championed the spirit of travel.
Already an established global brand by the 18th century, the Swiss Maison based its expansion on the influences it encountered worldwide, adapting its offerings to the demands of each new market it entered to develop new styles and technological innovations. Understanding the importance of practicality as well as refined design, Vacheron Constantin introduced timepieces with such advanced technical features as anti-magnetism and waterproofness from the late 19th century. It continued throughout the 20th century to unveil models with unparalleled characteristics both in terms of style and inner mechanisms.
In 1996, capturing the essence of its origins, Vacheron Constantin released the Overseas collection, a range of ultra elegant sport watches that boast dynamic lines and technical mastery. Considered in the same league as Patek Philippe’s Nautilus and Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak, it was an instant hit with luxury watch aficionados upon its debut. Featuring a round case, a signature six-sided bezel, a fluted crown with grooves evoking Vacheron Constantin’s emblematic Maltese cross, a three-masted ship engraved caseback, and a seamlessly integrated bracelet, the Overseas collection exudes timeless design.
A revamp in 2004 saw the collection adopt an even more modern look, while a 2016 update saw a refresh and the introduction of a range of new models. Boasting remarkable versatility thanks to easily interchangeable bracelets and straps, the Overseas collection continues to command the respect of haute horology enthusiasts of discerning taste in the 21st century.
The current Overseas collection espouses the values of perfectionism, patience, creativity, energy, transmission and openness, expressed through six different series, with all models bearing the Hallmark of Geneva stamp. This exclusive seal certifies compliance with the traditions of Genevan workmanship and denotes the manufacturer’s indisputable mastery of the entire watchmaking process from the design of the movement, whether simple or complicated, to the sale of the watch.
Overseas World Time
The perfect travel companion, the Overseas World Time model features a 43.5 mm steel case and a rich blue and silvered watch face with three superimposed dials. Displaying a world map and an incredible 37 time zones, including those that are off-set by a half- or quarter-hour, in addition to hour, minute, and central seconds functionality, plus day/night indication, the Overseas World Time is as practical as it is stunning. Powered by Vacheron Constantin’s self-winding Calibre 2460 WT, the mechanism beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers the wearer a 40-hour power reserve. Silver and brown-dial versions are also available.
Slightly smaller than its world timer sibling, the Overseas Chronograph boasts a 42.5 mm steel case and a dial in the same rich blue yet with a sunburst satin finish, a velvet-finished flange, and three snailed sub-dials. Silver and brown dial options are also available in steel, whilst those looking for something extra special may wish to consider the 18-karat pink gold case with silver dial and brown alligator leather strap. Central to the watch face are 18-karat gold, lume-filled hour and minute hands surrounded by matching baton hour markers, while the date aperture sits at the 4:30 mark. The 30-minute, 12-hour, and small seconds counters sit a 3, 6, and 9 o’clock respectively, breaking up the blue hue with silvered detailing. Driven by the Calibre 5200, a column-wheel chronograph movement, the Overseas Chronograph offers up a power reserve of 52 hours.
Featuring time and date functionality, the Overseas model comes in an even more subtle case sized at 41 mm in diameter in your choice of steel, 18kt rose gold, or a blend of the two. There are also three different dial options to choose from; blue, silver and brown, all with satin-finishing and velvet-finished flange. Unbroken by sub-dials however, the watch face’s sunburst look radiates finesse complemented by the 18-karat gold hour and minute hands and baton hour markers, all highlighted with white luminescence. Housing the self-winding Calibre 5100, which offers the hour, minute, seconds and date functionality, this watch offers its wearer a generous 60-hour power reserve.
Overseas Small Model
A more petite version of the Overseas model, the Overseas Small comes in a 37mm case, again in your choice of steel or 18kt rose gold, and with or without a diamond-encrusted bezel. The latter is ideal for the watch collector that likes their wrist wear to dazzle, as this iteration of the collection boasts 84 round-cut diamonds that add up to over one carat total. Powered by the self-winding mechanical Calibre 5300, this movement offers small seconds functionality, which can be seen on the dial via a sub-dial at 9 o’clock. With a 44-hour power reserve and 150-metre water resistance, this is a sophisticated watch for everyday wear.
Overseas Ultra-thin Perpetual Calendar
Upping the ante, the Overseas Ultra-thin Perpetual Calendar comes in an 18-karat white gold case with a sleek grey dial accented by blue highlights. Sized at 41.50 mm in diameter and just 8.1 mm thick, Vacheron Constantin once again proves their incredible technical knowhow with this watch that houses a Grand Complication. Containing the self-winding Calibre 1120 QP, this Overseas model boasts a Perpetual calendar — including date, day, month, and leap year markers — and a gorgeous lunar phase indicator equipped with starry sky and glowing moon. Beating at a frequency of 19,800 vibrations per hour and offering a 40-hour power reserve, this is one of the most refined choices for a “sport watch” on the market.
Just as polished yet without the additional details of the Grand Complication, the Overseas Ultra-thin represents the technical complexity of an incredibly thin watch housed in a case of understated elegance. A classic 18-karat white gold watch sized at 40 mm and only 7.5 mm thick, this version of the Overseas showcases a lustrous grey-lacquered, satin-finished sunburst dial that complements the timepiece’s case material in monochromatic style. Driven by the automatic Calibre 1120, this watch also beats at a frequency of 19,800 vibrations per hour and, similarly, offers a power reserve of 40 hours.
Watches of Switzerland is the exclusive Perth dealer for Vacheron Constantin. Learn about their collection here.