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Overseas with a new black dial

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Vacheron Constantin redesigned the Overseas collection in 2016, and this week they added two new versions with black dials. One is a three-hand watch and the other is a chronograph, the latter of which has a reverse Panda dial. The three-hand model comes in a steel case that measures 41 mm x 11 mm. The chronograph also comes in steel and measures 42.5 mm x 13.7 mm. Both versions have a black lacquered dial with a circular satin-finished flange and 18K white gold hour-markers and hour and minute hands. The latter also has snailed counters. The three-hand watch is powered by caliber 5100, an automatic 4Hz in-house movement with a 22K gold oscillating weight, and the chronograph is powered by caliber 5200, which is an automatic 4Hz movement with a 22K gold oscillating weight. Each variation has the options of

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Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix

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This year Vacheron Constantin debuted an all-new, aggressively priced entry-level watch collection called the Fiftysix. Consisting of three different versions, the Self-Winding, Complete Calendar, and Day-Date – each variation is available in stainless steel or 18K pink gold. According to Vacheron Constantin, this is a “Modern interpretation of the iconic reference 6073, launched in 1956 and inspired by the Maltese cross.” The name of the collection references 1956, which is the year the original 6073 reference that the new watch has been loosely based on was first produced. The most notable inspiration from the 1950s model comes from the lugs. Each lug represents a branch of the company’s emblem: the Maltese cross. Notably, the case of the 6073 also had a unique multi-sided caseback. All of the references in the new Fiftysix collection come in a 40 mm diameter case

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Pre-SIHH 2018: Vacheron Constantin Complete Calendar in Platinum

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Vacheron Constantin recently announced a limited edition platinum complete calendar watch that will be officially released at SIHH 2018. The Traditionnelle Complete Calendar comes in a round platinum case that measures 41 mm x 10.72 mm and features a sandblasted solid platinum dial punctuated by white gold facetted Dauphine-shaped hour and minute hands, and white gold applied baton-shaped hour markers. A railway-type minute track is printed in black on the inner chapter ring for minutes and seconds, with “1-31” printed in blue on the outer chapter ring for the date, indicated with a long crescent-tipped blue center hand. One of the highlights of the gorgeous platinum dial is a moon phase disc that’s also crafted from 950 platinum. Driving the functions is a self-winding caliber 2460 QCL which beats at 4Hz, has 308 components, 27 jewels, and a 40-hour power

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Pre-SIHH 2018: Overseas Dual Time

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At SIHH 2016 Vacheron Constantin debuted twelve redesigned Overseas references, all featuring a new case shape. Later that year the Geneva-based manufacture launched the Overseas World Time. Two years later, at SIHH 2018, the company will release three new Dual Time watches. The new Overseas Dual Time is housed in a 41 mm x 12.8 mm stainless steel with a blue or silver-toned dial, or 18K pink gold with a silver-toned dial. All versions are equipped with Vacheron Constantin caliber 5110DT. As with its predecessor, you can read two time zones simultaneously, including a day and night indicator for the home time, denoted by the fan-shaped “AM/PM” display at 9 o’clock. The primary central baton-shaped hour hand indicates “local time” (where you are currently at), and the shorter arrow-tipped central hand indicates “home time” (typically set to the time at

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Two Historiques Triple Calendars from Vacheron Constantin

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This week Vacheron Constantin debuted two new Historiques models based on 1940s archival timepieces that feature a complete calendar (day of the week, month, date), one of which also has a moon phase indicator. The Historiques Triple Calendar 1942 and Triple Calendar 1948 have a vintage aesthetic and are distinguished by a triple calendar, round case with triple gadroons, two-tone dial, and “claw-type” lugs. Each case is larger than its predecessor but still ideal by modern standards at 40 mm x 10.35 mm, as you would expect from Vacheron Constantin. The first is crafted in stainless steel and the second in 18K pink gold. A box-type sapphire crystal protects the dial and blends in with the ultra-thin bezel. Water-resistance is 30 meters and there is a screw-in sapphire caseback that offers an unobstructed view of the hand applied Geneva striped

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SIHH 2017: Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600

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After launching the most complicated pocket watch ever made in 2015, Swiss watchmaker Vacheron Constantin is at it again. Well, in this case, they have been at it for the past five years, which is the amount of time it took to develop their most complicated wristwatch ever – the Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 – that debuted today at SIHH. Incredibly, the renowned Swiss manufacture was able to fit 23 functions inside a 36 mm x 8.7 mm movement, ultimately resulting in a case measuring just 45 mm x 13.6 mm. And best of all, thanks to the unique twin-dial configuration, where the front and back both act as dials, the legibility of all the distinctive functions is quite good. Furthermore, to put it in context, caliber 3600 has 514 total components, 64 jewels, 6 power barrels,

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SIHH 2017: Patrimony Moon Phase Retrograde Date and Traditionelle Minute Repeater Tourbillon

Ahead of SIHH, which takes place January 2017, Vacheron Constantin has previewed two new timepieces: the Patrimony Moon Phase Retrograde Date and Traditionnelle Minute Repeater Tourbillon. The Patrimony Moon Phase Retrograde Date is presented in a case measuring 42.5 mm x 9.7 mm, with a silver opaline dial, in either white or pink gold. It features hours, minutes, retrograde date, precision moon phase (one correction every 122 years), and age of the moon. Visible through the exhibition caseback automatic caliber 2460 R31L which beats at 4Hz (28,800 vph), has 275 components, 27 jewels, and a 40-hour power reserve. The retail price is $39,900. The Traditionelle Minute Repeater Tourbillon comes in a case measuring 44 mm x 12.2 mm, in either platinum with a hand-guilloché silvered opaline or slate-colored dial, or pink gold with a hand-guilloché silvered opaline dial. The watch

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Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Chronograph Perpetual Calendar

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Vacheron Constantin recently announced a new version of their Traditionnelle Chronograph Perpetual Calendar that is an evolution of the existing 1141QP powered models. The biggest changes being a new slate-gray colored dial and a new movement. While the dial now comes in a darker gray color. The case has stayed the same – measuring 43 mm x 12.94 mm – and is in platinum with a stepped bezel, exhibition caseback, and water-resistance rating of 30 meters. What has changed under the dial, is an evolution of caliber 1141QP. The new 114QP reference reflects a movement that is faster at 3Hz, thinner by .03 mm, and that now comes with a Geneva Seal (which is an aesthetic and performance criteria). Caliber 1142 QP runs a 21,600 vph, and consists of 324 components, 21 of which are jewels. The manual wind movement

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Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time Hands-On

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After launching the all-new Overseas collection in January at SIHH, Vacheron Constantin recently unveiled the latest addition to the collection, the Overseas World Time. The new World Time is presented in a stainless steel case measuring 43.5 mm x 12.6 mm, equipped with a soft iron casing ring that protects against magnetic fields, and with a screwed-down crown, resulting in a sporty world time wristwatch that is water resistant to 150 meters. The exact same movement that powers the dressy Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time (caliber 2460 WT), powers the new sports watch. A 22K gold oscillating weight – with wind rose, adorned with sandblasted, polished, and finely grained finishing – automatically winds the 4Hz caliber, up to a maximum 40-hour power reserve. The main plate features a perlage decoration, with Geneva strips on the bridges, as well as chamfered

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Maître Cabinotier Retrograde Armillary Tourbillon

Not long after the introduction of the Ref. 57260, the most complicated watch made to date, Vacheron Constantin has unveiled yet another ultra-complicated one-off timepiece: the Maître Cabinotier Retrograde Armillary Tourbillon. Borrowing the armillary tourbillon and the double retrograde functions from the aforementioned 57260 superwatch, this contemporary timepiece has a “high-precision” manually wound movement, housed inside a (45.7 mm x 20.06 mm) white gold case. Notably, the Maître Cabinotier’s caliber 1990 movement is the subject of four patent applications in regards to 1- the instantaneous retrograde system, 2- the balance spring collet, 3- the multi-carriage tourbillon, 4- the escapement lever. One of the coolest features of this watch, both technically and visually, is the retrograde hours and minutes that fly back to zero so fast, that the use of titanium was required because of its strength and lightness. Basically, the

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