There has been much activity in the “Overseas” collection by Vacheron Constantin in recent years. From swapping calibers to offering color variety and adding user-friendly elements. Now this historic horology brand is introducing the “Overseas Chronograph” with a reversed panda dial.
One of the major over hauls done to this collection occurred back in 2016 when Vacheron Constantin introduced more user-friendly elements such as the quick-change bracelet/strap system; besides also having introduced a new “5xxx” series of caliber movements. We covered some of these models and calibers on an article about SIHH 2016 that can be read here.
Before all that wide array of new “Overseas” to pick and choose from we also reviewed the “Overseas World Time” edition with its three distinct color schemes for their dials, which you can take a closer look at here.
So, currently the “Overseas Collection” is established around three caliber movements: the ultra-thin caliber 1120 used for the “Ultra-Thin Perpetual” and “Ultra-Thin” model which we refer to in this article here. The self-winding caliber 2460 introduced in 2007 which was only Vacheron’s second in-house mechanical movement; and the aforementioned caliber 5000 series of movements that they launched alongside the new “Overseas Collection” in 2016.
These “Overseas Chronograph’s” have always stood out from the rest of the collection, thanks to its larger size of 42.5mm compared to other available options and a thickness of 13.7mm. Featuring an exhibition case back that allows the inner workings of the mechanical movement.
It also comes equipped with two screw-down chronograph pushers and a setting-crown in between them. Topped by a sapphire crystal that assists with water-resistance on this watch reaching up to 150 meters (492 feet).
Time on this watch is exhibited on the reversed panda-dial color scheme and this is truly one of the major selling factors and allures for this new offering by Vacheron Constantin. They’ve used stainless-steel applied hour index markers with smaller white printed minute index markers, while circling further out nearing the bezel is another minute ring with Arabic numerals for every 5-minute increment.
There are three white sub-dials over the all black background: a 30-minute counter at the 3 0’clock position, a 12-hour counter at the 6 o’clock position and a sub-seconds at the 9 o’clock position. Equipped with stainless-steel central hands and a thinner chronograph hand. The central hands and hour index markers have all undergone a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility. There is also a date aperture between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions.
Although the panda and reverse panda-dials tend to be crowd pleasers, due to its classic nature. Some critics have begun to bicker about the overuse of this color scheme, especially when it comes to vintage reissues by many horology brands. But, that’s not the case here since this is not a vintage timepiece and it’s less common to find panda dials on watches with such large dimensions.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph
The “Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph” (Ref#: 5500V/110A-B481) is powered by the self-winding mechanical movement caliber 5200 with 54 jewels, 263 parts and 28,800 Vph. It features a column wheel chronograph with a vertical clutch, a 22k gold oscillating weight adorned with a wind rose and bears the Geneva hallmark. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 52 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a stainless-steel bracelet, but as a standard extra all the watches form the “Overseas” collection come supplied with an extra black alligator leather strap and a black rubber strap; for a total of three wrist securing options. These models also feature the aforementioned user-friendly quick-change bracelet/strap system. For more up to date information visit the official Vacheron Constantin website here.
MSRP: $30,300.00 USD
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