Vacheron Constantin – Overseas Limited Editions “Everest”

by Chamath Gamage
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The sportiest collection in the Vacheron Constantin lineup is getting two new additions to open up new aesthetic horizons. The Overseas collection as Vacheron Constantin states is a “symbol of discovery and openness to the world”. The new models presented explores new levels of elegance and robustness not seeing in the Overseas collection before. These latest models presented are the Overseas chronograph “Everest” and the Overseas dual time “Everest”. 

Incidentally, these two creations started as a prototype that was given to the American explorer and photographer Cory Richards, who is one of the talents chosen by Vacheron Constantin to personify the brand’s “One of not many” communications campaign. Back in 2019, Cory Richards carried out his third ascent of the “roof of the world” via the North-East Ridge. Considered to be dangerous and difficult, Cory Richards undertook this route while wearing an Overseas dual time prototype, specially designed by Vacheron Constantin. This model would then become the inspiration to these latest creations as it lends the aesthetic codes. 

The two new models have a skilful blend of materials, which includes the use of titanium and steel. For both models, the case, bezel, pushers, and pusher guards are all made from titanium. Stainless steel has been used for less obvious parts such as bezel ring. The finish throughout the watches varies as well to give a beautiful aesthetic look. The finishes include satin-brushed and polished for the case, polished for the pushers, bead blasted for the bezel crown, and pusher guards. 

Both watches feature a grey-blue grained dial with 18K gold applied hour-markers along with 18k gold hour, minute, and seconds hands. Both timepieces also come with matching Cordura straps that have nubuck calfskin lining with the colour and stitching matching the grey-blue and orange tones of the dial. 

Overseas chronograph “Everest” (Reference 5510-000T-B923)

The versatile Overseas “Everest” model is using the watch complication loved by not only sports enthusiasts but watch fanatics in general; the chronograph. This piece is limited to 150 pieces. Made to suit almost every situation the Overseas “Everest” model is a robust sporty timepiece that also feels at home being a classy luxurious piece. The watch has a 42.5mm titanium and stainless steel case that encloses the beautiful grained grey-blue dial. The watch has a tri-counter layout which includes a 30 minute counter at 3 o’clock, a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock and constant seconds counter at 9 o’clock. Just the right amount of colour is also used on the dial with the chronograph seconds hand and the 30-minute and 12-hour sub counter hands being donned in orange. A subtle date window is also added between 4 and 5 o’clock. 

The movement used inside the Overseas chronograph “Everest” is the brand’s calibre 5200/2 movement. This self-winding movement gives out a frequency of 4Hz (28,800 VpH) and has a power reserve of approximately 52 hours. The beauty of this piece is not just the dial, as the open caseback shows a glimpse of this movement with its different finishes. The standout feature of the caseback is of course the 22k pink gold Overseas oscillating weight. 

Overseas dual time “Everest” (Reference 7910V/000T-B922)

The traveller’s companion, the Overseas dual time “Everest” has been directly inspired by the prototype timepiece worn by Cory Richards on his travels of the “roof of the world”. Like the chronograph “Everest” model, this model is also only limited to 150 pieces. The dial features a day/ night (AM/PM) indicator at 9 o’clock, a date wheel at 6 o’clock along with the second timezone (shown by the orange arrow hand), which is set by using the crown. Like the previous model, just a hint of colour has been used on the day/night indicator hand along with the second timezone indicator hand. All of this is enclosed by a 41mm titanium and stainless steel casing. 

The engine running this dual time “Everest” timepiece is the brand’s self-winding calibre 5110 DT/2. This movement has a frequency of 4Hz (28,800 VpH) and puts out a power reserve of approximately 60 hours. Like Oversea’s chronograph “Everest”, the dual time model features the same caseback design with the 22k pink gold Overseas oscillating weight. 

Two models with identical aesthetics yet very different complications and features, the Overseas chronograph and dual time “Everest” models are a refreshing take in the brand’s sportiest collection. Made to be versatile, these new timepieces from Vacheron Constantin are made to suit almost any situation. 

Availability: Limited edition to 150 pieces for each varient

Australian Retail Pricing: $44,900.00 (Dual Time), $53,500 (Chronograph)

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