Vacheron Constantin has released a new version of a model that is one of my favorite sports watches, the Overseas. Released today at Watches & Wonders Shanghai is a version with a blue dial and pink gold case. If the blue dial is anything like the blue dial on the steel models, the center area of the dial should be fairly matte, while the outer area where the indices are should light up with what looks like blue jewel tones. Vacheron has a winning watch in their Overseas, and it’ll be great to see how their fantastic blue dial couples with pink gold when I’m able to see it in person.
While the Overseas doesn’t get nearly the same amount of attention as the Nautilus or Royal Oak, it’s developed its own cult following among many watch collectors who aren’t the type to follow the crowd. In my opinion, this Overseas has a lot more personality than a gold Nautilus, and can stand side-by-side with a gold Royal Oak any day of the week. It’s a perfect combination of newness with the blue dial, interchangeable strap/bracelet system, and rose gold case, with the older elements of Vacheron that have kept it in business for so long: great watchmaking, attention to detail, and not always following the crowd.
The watch is 41mm in diameter, 11mm thick, and the case is made out of 18k 5N pink gold. In addition, the watch has a screw-down crown and is rated to approximately 150m of water resistance. The movement and its 22k gold oscillating weight can be viewed through a sapphire case back. Beating at 4Hz, inside is the Cal. 5100 with its Geneva Hallmark, 22k gold oscillating weight and 60-hour power reserve. What’s great about the Overseas collection as well is the interchangeable strap/bracelet system. This watch comes with a 18k 5N pink gold bracelet which has half Maltese cross-shaped polished and satin-brushed links, the bracelet has a comfort-adjust system. In addition to the bracelet, the watch also comes with an alligator strap in blue and a rubber strap in blue. Each additional strap comes with its own pink gold buckle.
The Vacheron Constantin Overseas in Pink Gold with Blue Dial’s price is TBA.