Hands-On with the new Overseas collection
January 19, 2016
This year at SIHH, Vacheron Constantin completely overhauled their Overseas collection, introducing five new models (representing 12 references), all equipped with manufacture movements, including three new calibers.
Most notably – and the topic of much conversation – Vacheron Constantin has redesigned the case of the Overseas models. This is the biggest design departure since the transition from the 222 (introduced in 1977) to the recent look that has been around since 1996.
The Overseas still shares many design elements from the original reference 222, such as the fluted bezel, as well as its sporty properties such as shock resistance, water-resistance, and anti-magnetism. However, gone are many of the straight angles, which are now curved, particularly at the lugs and case edges.
The manufacture release says, “The curves of the case ensure seamless integration with the bracelet or strap, a feature that is both technically sophisticated and aesthetically pleasing. The six-sided bezel and the fluted crown with its grooves evoke the Maison design codes. The rounded, polished and satin-finished opening dips towards a refined dial topped by a sapphire crystal glare-proofed on both sides. Coated with a translucent blue, silver-toned, rosy beige or grey lacquer – depending on the model – that intensifies the depth effect, the dials alternate between sunburst, snailed and velvety finishes. The gold luminescent facetted hands and hour-markers echo the gold frame surrounding the inner bezel ring while the Arabic numerals ensure optimal readability. The screwed-down caseback fitted with a sapphire crystal reveals a 22K gold oscillating weight adorned with a wind rose, a universal symbol indicating the cardinal points for travelers, and adorned with sandblasted, polished and finely grained finishes.”
All models have the Geneva Seal and are fitted with quick change bracelets and straps. We will bring you more updates on the new Vacheron Constantin Overseas collection later in the year.