Vacheron Constantin’s overseas collection, Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak and Patek Philippe’s Nautilus. It’s their quest for a high-end, sophisticated sports watch. Recall that Vacheron Constantin underwent a massive update/revamp of its overseas collection in 2016, introducing a host of new models. Time and date only models feature a new basic internal movement, a chronograph model with a new replica Vacheron Constantin watches internal self-winding chronograph movement, and even a new ultra-thin perpetual calendar model. However, the tourbillon model is apparently missing. That has now changed with the launch of Vacheron Constantin’s new Overseas Tourbillon.
Brand: Vacheron Constantin
Model: Overseas Tourbillon (6000V / 110A-B544)
Size: 42.5mm diameter, 5.65mm thickness.
Waterproof depth: 50m
Case material: stainless steel
Power reserve: 80 hours
Strap/bracelet: stainless steel, blue alligator, blue rubber
Although enthusiasts like us enjoy the occasional use of simple time-only wearable clothes, it’s not genius to know that the market wants more sports watches. That’s why, for lack of a better term, “high-end” brands like Piaget, Girard-Perregaux and Vacheron Constantin have recently invested heavily in their sports watch collections, adding Brands such as Audemars Piguet and Hublot. Of course, the appeal of sports watches is obvious. They’re usually versatile and rugged. You want the exact qualities you want when you spend a five-figure sum on a watch.
Well, an Overseas Tourbillon is the next step in the collection. Say what you will about the “Overseas” aesthetic, but this particular watch is actually quite impressive. The case is stainless steel and very thin, just 5.65 mm. the Vacheron Constantin dial is blue and, according to Vacheron Constantin, it is “translucent blue lacquer with a sunburst satin-polished base with velvet trim”. It should look impressive in the flesh. But more importantly, the tourbillon is breathtaking. Few watch brands have a tourbillon that stands out more than Vacheron Constantin’s, thanks largely to the brand’s signature Maltese cross logo on the tourbillon stand.
As you would expect, the movement is delicately finished with Geneva stripes, polished screw heads and bevelled bridges and plates and the like. After all, it has the Geneva Seal. But most notable is the use of a peripheral rotor. This serves two purposes: it makes the movement slim and gives the owner an unobstructed view of the movement when viewed through the sapphire glass back. It’s also very practical, offering an 80-hour power reserve. Finally, the last thing that makes the Overseas watch stand out is the clever strap change system.