Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph
Vacheron Constantin’s newly revamped Overseas collection includes a chronograph with a completely new movement.
Originally launched in 1977 as the Ref. 222 to mark Vacheron Constantin’s 222nd anniversary, the Overseas line of sports watches was subsequently reintroduced in 1996. In 2004, it was refreshed, most notably with the integration of the Maltese Cross design into the bracelet links. Through the years, the watches enjoyed reasonable popularity with avid watch collectors even though they’ve been generally flying under the radar all this time.
Things may be set to change now that the new iteration is really made to shine because Vacheron Constantin has just revamped the Overseas collection with several new models including a 42.5mm self-winding chronograph. The movement used is a brand new Calibre 5200, developed in-house over a period of five years. This is a 12-hour chronograph with a Maltese Cross-shaped screw in the centre of the column wheel mechanism and a vertical coupling clutch for a smoother start of the chronograph second hand. Optimal torque is delivered for the period of about 52 hours, thanks to the twin barrel design. The movement’s 22K gold rotor is decorated with the wind rose emblem to reinforce the heritage of travel – the very purpose the collection is built for. A soft iron ring around the movement affords extra protection against magnetism.
This Geneva Seal-certified timepiece is designed with strap interchangeability in mind. Turn the watch around and you will see a small latch on both end-pieces to release the bracelet from the case. An alligator or rubber strap can then be attached with an easy snap. Extra straps are included in the package, and both the alligator and rubber straps are worn with the same triple-blade folding clasp. Of course, no tool is required to move this clasp from one strap to the next – a little turning on a pivot will do the job.
Even if you are not switching straps, you can still benefit from the bracelet clasp’s clever extension system. Simply pull at one or both ends to get a few extra millimetres of wrist comfort on demand. Once done, push the ends back and the bracelet returns to its original length – excellent for our hot and humid climate.
- Dimensions: 42.5mm
- Functions: Hours, minutes, chronograph
- Power Reserve: 52 hours
- Movement Self-winding Vacheron Constantin Calibre 5200
- Case: Stainless steel
- Water resistance: 150 meters
- Strap: Steel bracelet with steel deployant buckle, plus black/blue alligator leather strap and black/blue rubber strap supplied with a second steel deployant buckle
Text by Ruckdee Chotjinda
This story first appeared in WOW Magazine.