Relaunched in 2016 after a major revamp, Vacheron Constantin’s Overseas luxury-sports watch has since been expanded to include various complications, most notably the recent ultra-thin, skeleton perpetual calendar.
The mix of a pink gold case and blue dial has been used extensive throughout the line, primarily on complicated models, but the fashionable combination has now been applied to the base model with the Overseas Self-winding in Pink Gold and Blue.
Blue dials have become the archetype for the luxury-sports watch, so the new watch is sticking to a well-established formula. The dial on the new Overseas is quite captivating, largely owing to the use of a brighter blue than usual.
Also familiar is the combination of a blue dial and pink gold case, which creates a rich yet sporty look. The combination would be arguably be more appealing if it were applied to the ultra-thin model, which was once in the catalogue but is temporarily discontinued.
Priced at a little over US$46,000, the Overseas in pink gold is a contestant in a highly competitive arena, with the primary rivals being the similarly-priced – but far more difficult to obtain – Nautilus and Royal Oak. The two rivals have a slightly longer history, but all of the watches offer similar value in terms of intrinsic quality; the Overseas is very good at what it does.
Refined and modern
The Overseas Self-Winding has all of the details that characterise the 2016 redesign that resulted in a cleaner and more elegant look, while retaining the DNA of its predecessor. This includes a high level of finishing on the case, including the notches on the bezel that have vertically brushing on the recess, and the inner angles on the bracelet that are mirror polished.
Also found on other Overseas models, the bright-blue dial is the result of a semi-translucent layer of lacquer applied on the radially-brushed surface, giving it nuance at the edges where the translucency is revealed, adding to the visual flair.
Both the case hardware and movement are the result of in-house development. The cal. 5100 has a longish running time of 60 hours, thanks to twin mainspring barrels.
Another useful feature are proprietary quick-release tabs on the bracelet for easy strap changes. To that end, two additional straps, in leather and rubber, are included with the watch.
Key Facts and Price
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Self-winding in Pink Gold and Blue
Diameter: 41 mm
Height: 11 mm
Material: 18k pink gold
Water resistance: 150 m
Movement: Cal. 5100
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, and date
Frequency: 28,800 beats per hour (4 hz)
Power reserve: 60 hours
Strap: Bracelet with complementary rubber and leather strap
Availability: At boutiques and retailers from September 2020
Price: US$46,200; or 70,500 Singapore dollars
For more, visit vacheronconstantin.com
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