The 250 year old Swiss luxury watch company Vacheron Constantin has once again unveiled two exclusive Overseas timepieces designed exclusively for India and Middle East. Last year too, the brand had unveiled watches exclusively for the same regions. The brand has proclaimed that this is a tribute and that ‘These special editions blend the open-minded spirit of the Maison with inspirations from both the regions colors and sights.’ This is translated into the watched being of brown and gold colour.
Elaborating on the choice of the colours to represent the two regions of India and Middle East, the Brand said that ‘brown denotes its strength, seniority, security and protection, gold is the color of its elegance, its sophistication, wealth, success and status’. Details below-
The Overseas collection conveys the spirit of travel in all its rich diversity. This openness to the world, inherited from the Maisons founder François Constantin, has remained at the core of the Maison’s philosophy ever since its founding. The collection has been designed in a spirit of casual elegance and practicality. Each model comes with a variety of 2-3 straps in precious 18K pink gold, rubber and alligator. Enhanced by their tool-free interchangeable straps/bracelets and easy-fit system, Overseas timepieces are the perfect travelling companions. The exclusive India and Middle East timepieces arrive in small and chronograph models.
A sophisticated sunray finish on the dark brown dial surface will reflect the different shades of the sun like when it shines on the sand. The 18K pink gold bracelet of the ladies model is domed and with a satin-brushed finish as well as polished interior angles; the rubber strap bears a motif inspired by the Vacheron Constantin emblem; while the alligator leather strap has a flat tip and a velvety nubuk lining accentuated by a micro-perforated effect. The18 K pink gold bezel of the ladies models comes set with 84 round-cut diamonds (total weight of approx.1.0 ct)
The curves of the case ensure seamless integration with the bracelet or strap. The six-sided bezel and the fluted crown with its grooves, coated with a translucent brown lacquer, the dials alternate between sunburst, snails and velvety finishes. The gold luminescent facetted hands and hour-markers echo the gold case. The screwed-down case back fitted with a sapphire crystal reveals a 22K gold oscillating weight adorned with a wind rose; adorned with sandblasted, polished and finely grained finishes.
Overseas Chronograph – Calibre 5200
The Overseas Chronograph watch bearing the Hallmark of Geneva is equipped with Calibre 5200, the new self-winding chronograph movement developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin. The result of a five-year development process, this 263-component calibre is fitted with a column wheel coordinating the chronograph start, stop and reset functions, as well as a vertical coupling clutch preventing any jerking of the hand when the chronograph starts. A signature feature – the column wheel is adorned with a screw shaped like the Manufacture’s signature Maltese cross emblem. This movement is equipped with a twin barrel enhancing its torque and its reliability while ensuring over 50 hours of power reserve. Protected from magnetic fields by a soft iron ring, it powers the hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph and date indications. These functions are all displayed on a brown dial adorned with sunburst, snailed and velvety finishes. The gold facetted hands and hour-markers hands are coated with a luminescent material ensuring optimal readability.
The Overseas Chronograph comes in a 18K pink gold 42.5 mm-diameter case. Its screwed-down push-pieces, crown and case back guarantee water-resistance to 150 metres, while its transparent back reveals a 22K gold oscillating weight adorned with a wind rose. This new model comes with two brown straps: one in leather and the other in rubber, both fitted with an interchangeable pink gold folding clasp.
Overseas small model – Calibre 5300
The Overseas Small Model is adorned with 84 round-cut diamonds totalling over one carat and daintily set on its six-sided bezel. At the heart of its stainless steel or 18K pink 37 mm-diameter case beats the new Calibre 5300 developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin. This 128-part self-winding movement powers the hours, minutes and small seconds at 9 o’clock, while ensuring an approximately two-day power reserve. The Overseas small model comes with a brown dial. Pair of gold luminescent hands sweep around the matching hour-markers, the back of the watch reveals the 22K gold oscillating weight adorned with a wind rose. The Overseas small model comes with a 18K pink gold bracelet along with two interchangeable straps in leather and rubber.
Available exclusively in India and Middle East.