Vacheron Constantin Overseas Gets New Black Dials

The luxury sports watch gets a facelift with 2 new black dial options in the lineup: a three-hand automatic and a chronograph.

Apr 26, 2018 | By Shirley Wang

For over a century, the iconic Genevan manufacturer has been producing classic minimalist pieces. Since twenty years ago, Vacheron Constantin Overseas watch has became a symbol of watchmaking pleasure geared towards travel and escapism. 

Previously available in only blue or white, 2018 sees the emergence of a black dial version beautifully framed by the shimmering steel case. The sleek monotone creates the ‘iconic ‘panda’ look, popularised by the titular Paul Newman.

Both black-dialed models feature the original integrated bracelet and case design, coming in a set of steel, rubber and leather. With Vacheron’s patented quick-release system, replacement straps are easily changed by releasing the catch on the back of the strap.

The new face of Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph is distinguished by a “reverse panda” dial, the first contrasting black/silver subdial option for this model. The striking white counters on black is assuredly a gorgeous face-lift that is also practical as a sports watch. The vivid colour contrast of the sub-dials improve legibility by clearly separating time-telling and elapsed time measurement.

The twin-barrel movement is powered by a 54-jewel caliber 5200, viewable through a sapphire crystal caseback. The start, stop and reset functions are activated by a strong vertical clutch, designed to endure against physical conditions. Powered with 52 hours of reserve, the dimension of the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph is moderately large – 42.5mm wide and 13.7mm thick.

The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Self-winding is a stainless-steel piece with a similar black lacquered dial, detailed with white gold indices and silver logo.

Wound by the brand’s iconic 22 carat oscillating weight and powered by a 5100 caliber. Equipped with two mainspring barrels, it is powered with 60 hours of reserve. The dimensions of the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Self-Winding is smaller than the chronograph at 41mm in diameter, and is available on a metal bracelet or the optional of leather or rubber quick change (no tools) straps.

Despite bearing the Geneva hallmark for their top-notch movement finishing, Vacheron Constantin Overseas pieces are made to be absolutely practical. Anti-magnetic and water-resistant to 150 meters, these generation of timepieces achieve the perfect blend of performance and style.

Both watches will be available in Vacheron Constantin boutiques and retailers by June 2018.

Pricing is set at $30,300 USD for the Overseas Chronograph and $20,900 USD for the three hand variant.

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