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The Vacheron Constantin Overseas – Part 1, the Origins, the 222 and the Evolution of an Icon

The Vacheron Constantin Overseas – Part 1, the Origins, the 222 and the Evolution of an Icon

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In 1977, Vacheron Constantin, the most seasoned watch producer in ceaseless activity, commended its 222nd commemoration. Therefore, the brand decided to make an extraordinary watch, directly in the center of what was known as the “quartz crisis”. Swiss brands expected to rehash themselves, making essential and often, troublesome changes. This is the point at which the Vacheron Constantin 222, a genuine extravagance sports watch, was conceived – a watch that would later become a symbol under the name Overseas. In our most recent arrangement of recordings, we talk with Christian Selmoni, the brand’s legacy and style chief, about the Vacheron Constantin Overseas. Today, in this initial segment, we center around the sources, which incorporates the 222 and the main ages of Overseas.

The Vacheron Constantin Overseas is a point we’ve investigated a few times here, at MONOCHROME, particularly in this article , which takes a gander at the entire history of the assortment. The account of the Overseas beginnings with a watch named the 222, dispatched during the 1970s. Around then, the market for mechanical watches was progressively troublesome and top of the line brands, for example, Vacheron Constantin – like the greater part of the Swiss watch industry – were knee-somewhere down in the quartz emergency. Be that as it may, another pattern arose: the extravagance sports watch. Playing on this recently evolved class, Vacheron Constantin made its own vision of what could be a mechanical, steel, super slim games watch deserving of the name imprinted on the dial, as a solution to its two primary competitors (the two other individuals from the Holy Trinity; Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet).

Celebrating the 222nd commemoration of the brand, the 1977 Vacheron Constantin 222 bragged all the ascribes the 1970s extravagance sports watch: full steel tonneau-molded case, coordinated steel arm band, initially formed bezel, basic showcase, super slight programmed development – coming about because of a plan made by youthful Jorg Hysek (and not Genta, as many would might suspect). Later accessible in different materials (counting steel-and-gold and full gold) and a few shapes (counting some squared versions), the 222 was suspended during the 1980s. Notwithstanding, the plan and style of the first model reemerged in 1996, with the production of the Overseas Phase 1.

The accomplishment of Vacheron Constantin sports watches truly came in 1996 with the dispatch of the Overseas, an immediate relative of the 222. A solid advancement of the first 1977 design, the first Overseas was as yet worked around a tonneau-formed case with a fluted bezel suggestive of the Maltese cross. Its dynamic lines were stretched out by a coordinated wristband with mathematical connections. At 37mm in measurement, it was still sensibly estimated and the super dainty case was as yet present. Developments would later come to the market, including some chronograph adaptations. The improvement of the Overseas had been started a couple of months before the Vendôme Luxury gathering (later Richemont) gained VC, by a plan group including Dino Modolo, an outer watch originator, and Vacheron Constantin’s Vincent Kaufmann.

Following the accomplishment of the main form and benefiting from this developing symbol, a second form of the Overseas was dispatched in 2004, with a more present day plan, eminently with its metal wristband including a half Maltese cross theme and upgraded for more prominent comfort. Its combination to the case was improved and its middle connection was reached out up to the bezel. Muscled up at 42mm, the Overseas 2 was sportier, bolder and more manly. This second era of Overseas additionally turned into an appropriate, complete assortment, with various emphasess: chronograph, double time, never-ending schedule, all in various materials. Extravagant, yet somewhat less exquisite than the first concept.

This drives us to 2016, with the formation of the third era of Overseas … But that’s for later and the second piece of this film. For the time being, appreciate the principal video toward the start of this article with Christian Selmoni clarifying about the 222 and the two past age of a cutting edge icon.

More subtleties on . Also, for the second piece of this video project, which takes a gander at the cutting edge Overseas, you can investigate .