Four new watch references and a collection of subtle, yet precious details debut the Vacheron Constantin Overseas.
A quick glance is all it takes to recognize the Overseas by Vacheron Constantin. A sweeping case profile envelopes a characteristic bezel, setting the scene for a culmination of sharp and rounded edges, soft and hard surfaces, and a confident, yet likeable vibe. Put it on the wrist — and beware! Your heart might be stolen, and your mind may be wired to be longing for one forever after.
Yes, the Overseas Self-Winding is the simplest presentation of the Overseas watch collection of Vacheron Constantin, but if there is one thing we can expect a 268-year-old watchmaker — the oldest continuously functioning — to get right, then it will be harnessing a watch concept’s full potential.
Having survived multiple global and domestic crises, global and trade-specific alike, the luxury watch industry’s historical greats, like Vacheron Constantin, have outlived others in no small part thanks to their relentless pursuit of excellence. Fine-tuning their best-ever creations in a race not just against their peers, but the best of themselves, means not just major but also smaller updates to established collections.
The latest to join the pack of light-handedly updated models is the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Self-Winding in 34.5 and 35 mm-wide options — why are the two cases so close? Available in stainless steel or 18ct 5N pink gold, the 2023 Overseas watch comes in a total of four iterations: gem-set and non-set variations in either metal.
For the former, the manufacturer decided to add just half a millimetre to the width of the bezel to provide ample room for the second row of brilliant-cut diamonds to really shine. On the non-set versions, the bezel is that much slimmer, making for a more slender aesthetic that goes so beautifully with an all-steel luxury timekeeper.
The dials are in a deep blue with a sunburst finish, all but one of the new references: The gem-set steel variant is finished off with a radiant pink dial for a lighter and brighter alternative in the pack.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas with a new silhouette and precious details.
In line with the recent and indeed all-encompassing update to the Overseas collection, these new models also sport the brand’s easy-to-use, tool-free quick release strap system. Better still, each reference comes with three bracelets/straps in the box, always with a metal bracelet, a rubber strap, and a calfskin strap.
Being able to change these easily, without the finicky tools and the dread of damaging the precious case, vastly improves the ownership experience of any watch — and the Overseas, with its versatile design, is absolutely no exception. For the beach, the textured rubber strap is the obvious choice, for everyday wear the metal bracelet is your best bet — it will make the dullest commute on the darkest of days brilliant with its intricate and meticulously finished links — and last, but not least, the calfskin strap should go well with more formal attire.
To please watch connoisseurs, the sapphire crystal caseback reveals the Vacheron Constantin Calibre 1088/1 in all its glory, a 144-component movement fitted with the collection’s emblematic rotor in 22ct gold. Even with this detail, the Overseas stays true to its origins and intended all-purpose utility and maintains a 15-bar (150-meter equivalent) water resistance rating, enforced with a screw-down crown for absolute peace of mind.
One watch, ideally suited for all occasions, the new-for-2023 Vacheron Constantin Overseas is another step in a quarter-millennium-old company’s long history — another painstakingly fine-tuned reference in the company of many. With or without diamonds, the Overseas already is a piece of jewellery.
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Last Updated on April 12, 2023 by Editorial Team
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