The Vacheron Constantin Overseas is a beautiful and exquisitely crafted invitation to travel. The sporty and elegant Overseas collection is dedicated to all those who adore magnificent complications that enrich our everyday life.
What are the essential qualities of the ideal contemporary watch? Should it have an intricate mechanical chronograph movement, high magnetic resistance, an elegant design or a charming versatility? Vacheron Constantin is a 260 years old company that exudes prestige, excellence and unique watchmaking values. Its legacy consists of the amazing watches that it manufactures, out of which the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph stands out as a unique design with impressive functional qualities.
You may probably not know this, but Vacheron Constantin is one of the most important three Swiss brands in the world. The other ones are Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet. Their fame is based on their rich history of prestige and innovation. The difference is that Vacheron Constantin is a more discrete presence on the market as it addresses a more sophisticated and exclusivist niche where refinement and traditional values are highly important.
The Vacheron Overseas line is the brand’s sporty collection and it was first introduced in the late 1970s. The beginnings of the Overseas are actually quite complex. In the ‘70s the Swiss watches industry was less and less popular due to the high demand for cheap quartz watches manufactured in Japan. As an attempt to adapt to the market’s changes, the Big Three( Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe and Vacheron) have launched less expensive quartz movement timepiece that were very well received by the public- not because of their functional qualities, but rather because of their affordable price. The Audemars Piguet was the first one who launched the Royal Oak which was a sporty and interestingly shaped watch with a stainless steel case. A couple of years later, in 1976, Patek Philippe unveiled the Nautilus which soon became the most important watch within the brand’s portfolio. Of course, Vacheron Constantin couldn’t miss this opportunity so it introduced its 222 model that was a lower priced luxury sports watch. It was an industrial looking timepiece with an angular case and manly bezel. The Vacheron Constantin 222 is the predecessor of the Overseas line, a collection that enjoys the largest popularity out of all the Big Three’s watches.
The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph isn’t just a beautifully designed timepiece. It is also a highly functional time keeping device and this is accentuated by the screw-down chronograph push-pieces. Usually, screw-in push-pieces have a very important role. They prevent the unintentional activation of the reset and start/stop buttons, plus they improve durability and water resistance. When you unscrew the push pieces these make a strong click and keep the level of resistance to an optimum. This is possible because of the inside vertical clutch column wheel chronograph movement.
Sleek, precise and rugged, the Vacheron Constantin Overseas is a highly utilitarian and functional watch that offers outstanding accuracy. The small arc shaped feature at the lower end of the dial enhances the anti-magnetic function. As you probably know, external magnetism is a real threat for mechanical watches so this function is essential for these types of timepieces. The industry’s standard for magnetic shielding is 4,000 A/m, but the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph impresses with 25,000 A/m. This degree of anti-magnetism is really impressive for any kind of device, especially for an intricate dress watch.
The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph has a distinctive sporty appearance that appeals to most types of watches enthusiasts. The watch used a carved-out bezel ring that is manufactured from titanium; it features a gray dial, and a comfortable and elegant rubber strap. The entire look of the watch exudes distinction, sophistication and extravagance.
Its high quality case is designed to withstand at depths of 150 meters. Vacheron Constantin offers the Overseas Chronograph also with an alligator leather strap that works really well with a more formal attire, but obviously the most appropriate band for this timepiece is the rubber one.
The Vacheron Constantin Overseas is a versatile, refined, sporty and rugged timepiece that is the result of a 260 years watchmaking tradition. It is an iconic watch that impresses with its design, extraordinary functionality and intricate movement.