A direct descendant of the iconic 222 model that Vacheron Constantin launched in 1977 to celebrate the 222nd anniversary of the brand, the Overseas watch was presented in 1996 as a classy sport watch designed for an active lifestyle. The structural design of the Overseas - with its distinctive bezel - was developed around the theme of travel with the sophisticated styling to reflect mechanical excellence.
Three years later a chronograph version with a self-winding calibre made its appearance and, in 2004, an anti magnetic screen was fitted to give the movement all-round protection.
Over the years, Vacheron Constantin has developed the identify codes of this line over the years, such as the metal bracelet introduced in 2004 and featuring a motif evoking the Maltese cross brand emblem.
Vacheron Constantin 222 - 1977
The first Overseas - 1996
The Overseas on catalogue before the 2016 edition
In 2016, on occasion of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie which has opened today in Geneva, Vacheron Constantin is presenting the first five models (for a total of 12 references) of the new Hallmark of Geneva-certified Overseas collection.
The Hallmark of Geneva guarantees high production standards in terms of provenance, resilience, accuracy and expertise while ensuring respect for traditional hand workmanship. Vacheron Constantin is its most loyal representative since 1901.
The curves of the case of the new Overseas are seamlessly integrated with the bracelet or strap which, thanks an interchangeability device, can be easily changed. Bracelets - in stainless steel or precious metal - are equipped with an easy-fit system for enhanced comfort.
All the models are powered by automatic movements protected from magnetic fields by a soft iron ring and visible through the transparent caseback.
In the next days we will present each new Vacheron Constantin Overseas model in detail. In the meanwhile we provide here an overview of the collection.
Overseas Chronograph Calibre 5200
The Overseas Chronograph is equipped with Calibre 5200, the new 4 Hz (28,800 vph) automatic chronograph movement which is equipped with column-wheel, vertical coupling clutch and a twin barrel ensuring over 50 hours of power reserve.
The 42.5 mm case is available in stainless steel with silver-toned or blue dials or in pink gold with silver-toned dial. Screwed-down push pieces, crown and caseback guarantee water-resistance to 150 metres.
Overseas Calibre 5100
Displaying hours, minutes, seconds and date, this Overseas model comes in a 41 mm-diameter case in stainless steel or pink gold which houses the new 4 Hz Calibre 5100 endowed with a comfortable more than 60-hour power reserve.
Just like the chronograph, it is available in stainless steel with silver-toned or blue dials or pink gold with silver-toned dial and it is is water-resistant to 150 metres.
Overseas small model Calibre 5300
The Overseas Small Model for Ladies is adorned with 84 round-cut diamonds totalling over one carat all set on its six-sided bezel. The stainless steel or pink 37 mm case protects the new Calibre 5300 and frames the rosy beige or blue dial.
Overseas ultra-thin perpetual calendar Calibre 1120 QP
Available exclusively in Vacheron Constantin boutiques, the Overseas Ultra-thin Perpetual Calendar houses the Vacheron Constantin Calibre 1120 QP, an ultra-thin mechanical automatic movement equipped with a perpetual calendar complete with moon phases and beating a the frequency of 19,800 vibrations per hour with a 40-hour power reserve.
The diameter of the white gold case is 41.5 mm with a thickness of just 8.1 mm. The grey-lacquered dial is enhanced by blue accents. Water-resistance: 5 bar (approx. 50 metres).
Overseas ultra-thin Calibre 1120
Also available exclusively in Vacheron Constantin boutiques, the Overseas Ultra-thin comes is a slim (7.5 mm) white gold case whose diameter is 40 mm. Powered by the 2.75 Hz (19,800 vibrations/hour) automatic Calibre 1120, the Overseas ultra-thin drives hours and minutes hands sweeping over a translucent grey dial punctuated by gold luminescent faceted hands and hour-markers. Like the Perpetual Calendar version, the Overseas ultra-thin is water-resistant to 50 metres. vacheron-constantin.com
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