Reviewing the Revamped Vacheron Constantin Overseas Collection Watch
Swiss Vacheron Constantin introduced a completely revised Overseas collection at SIHH2016, including five new models and three new calibers. The new calibers, including a chronograph and a special ladies’ caliber, are Geneva Hallmarked, a key step in the brand’s goal to convert 100 percent of its production to the Geneva Seal standard by the end of the year. Vacheron also introduced an anti-magnetic component to all Overseas calibers, one that uniquely allows for open casebacks.
The final two new models in the Vacheron Constantin Overseas collection contain the existing ultra-thin caliber 1120, also used in the brand’s Patrimony collection. The automatic Caliber 1120 QP is housed in a new Overseas perpetual calendar with moon phase and leap year indicator; it measures only 4.05 mm thick; the case is only 8.1 mm thick. The time-only Caliber 1120 is a mere 2.45 mm thick, cased in an ultra-slim dress watch with no seconds or date display.
Unlike other brands’ models fitted with this technology, the Overseas watches have open casebacks. It is typically impossible to view the movement through a sapphire crystal caseback in “anti-magnetized” watches because the inner soft-iron shell covers the back of the movement.
The movements in the new Overseas collection are all automatic, with large, 22k gold rotors engraved with a wind rose compass motif, a symbol of world travel that reflects the spirit of the Overseas collection. Water resistance varies between models from 50 meters to 150 meters. Each is equipped with an “easy-fit” interchangeable strap system that works by twisting the bracelet at the lugs by 180 degrees.