Vacheron Constantin’s Overseas family is the brand’s extravagance sports watch proposition, an all around outfitted assortment with everything from basic three-handers to modern unending schedules, tourbillons and chronographs . The third-age Overseas family was presented in 2016 and given its business as a movement watch, the presence of the Dual Time model in 2018 was a welcome expansion. The most recent Dual Time model, which we have for our involved meeting, is this dark magnificence. With a programmed produce development, a profoundly useful dual-time work, protection from water and attraction, a meaty force hold of 60 hours, running great looks, not one but rather three unique lashes, and the most straightforward exchangeable tie framework available today… the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time is stuffed to the gills with assets.
The beginning of the extravagance sports watch has been told on many times. At the very least the head of the pack was AP’s Royal Oak of 1972 continued one after another by PP’s Nautilus in 1976 and VC’s 222 out of 1977 – the initial two planned by the legendary Gérald Genta and the 222, to concur with Vacheron’s 222nd commemoration, by Jorg Hysek. In only five years, a magistrate of the most symbolic watches in this type showed up available and have overwhelmed it ever since.
Although the 222 was ended during the 1980s, it is viewed as the progenitor of the Overseas assortment, first presented in 1996. Without getting into the quick and dirty of the advancement of the 222 and the introduction of the Overseas (you can watch Part I and Part II on the development of this assortment with comments by VC’s own personal Christian Selmoni), the watch we are looking at today has a place with the third era Overseas family delivered in 2016.
It appeared to be odd at that point (2016) that the complication that best catches the movement soul of the Overseas family – a direct Dual Time/GMT – didn’t show up in the primary clump of Overseas watches. For voyagers, the complex Overseas World Time (with 37 time zones no less!) was the solitary choice until 2018 when the Dual Time at long last made its presentation. Retailing in steel for EUR 13,000 not exactly the World Time, the Dual Time filled and fills a significant hole in the collection.
Eminently commonsense, GMT or dual-time watches are not only for airborne voyagers or PanAm pilots. They give imperative data to individuals with business interests in another country or those of us with family/companions living abroad who don’t value being woken up in the center of the night.
If you were a Lilliputian, this isn’t a case you could scale effortlessly. Like all Overseas, the imposing design of the case is composed of stacked mathematical shapes and differentiating completes on the surfaces. With its 41mm distance across and 12.8mm thickness (weighs approx. 176g on steel wristband), there is no rejecting that this case has a commanding, virile presence oozing a dynamic, energetic character. What’s more, don’t fail to remember, albeit the case size is marginally bigger and thicker than comparative models like the AP Royal Oak Dual Time, the water-obstruction of this Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time is a full 150m.
A three-layered development, the top layer is the trademark six-indented bezel (intended to bring out the arms of the brand’s symbol Maltese Cross) sitting on a round plinth, which thus lays on the drags. Each part is enriched with an alternate completion: the bezel is cleaned; the plinth includes a round silk brush, and the drags have a vertical silk brush finish. That’s a ton of meticulousness. One thing that amazed me was the measure of light the cleaned bezel figures out how to reflect.
User-agreeableness is an essential of a dual-time companion. Notwithstanding setting the time and winding the watch when the force hold is exhausted, the screw-down focal crown is the command place for changing the subsequent time zone and time can be moved advances or in reverse. Setting nearby and reference (home time) is totally done at the primary crown. When you become acclimated to the usefulness of the four distinctive crown positions, it becomes more intuitive.
The second crown, situated at 4 o’clock, is really a push-piece and is utilized only to set the date. (The watch can just record for quite a long time with 31 days so you should make manual revisions to the date five times every year.) The date hand is synchronized to neighborhood time, and the AM/PM hand is filed to reference/home time. Another incredible detail is the way that the reference/home time hand can be taken cover behind (nearly) the hour hand in the event that you don’t require it.
The excellence of a dark dial is its adaptability, a viable decision that goes with pretty much everything in a man’s closet. It is a shading that is probably not going to leave design and bestows a rich, contemporary, manly feel. Dark is additionally thinning and you’d be shocked to perceive how the dark dial of the Overseas Dual Time makes the watch look more modest and more compact than its brothers with blue and silver dials.
The clear dark lacquered dial gives a sensational and high-contrast foundation for the capacities. The huge hour markers, produced using 18k white gold, are applied and faceted for additional profundity and volume, similar to the hour and moment hands. With regards to its capacity as a partner in crime, the hour and moment hands and markers are treated with glowing material. As often occurs with dark dials, the focal seconds hand can get lost now and again. A hint of lume at the tip, perhaps?
The reference/home time hand is more limited and unmistakably perceptible with its striking red triangle-molded tip, coordinating the red-tipped hand on the AM/PM pointer. A minutes/seconds track on the spine adds a ‘accuracy’ contact and an enormous date counter with a snailed foundation involves an unmistakable situation at 6 o’clock.
DIY Interchangeable Straps
When I say that even a kid could change the lash/wristband on this watch I am not overstating. It must be the best device free DIY compatible lash framework out there and the most liberally selected since the watch comes with not one, but rather three unique alternatives. Inside the bundle of the Overseas Dual Time, you will locate a keen dark croc lash for more conventional events, a dark embellished elastic tie for sports and a useful tempered steel wristband permitting you to change the appearance of this watch like a flash. The steel wristband – likewise motivated by the Maltese cross – is wonderfully hand-got done with glossy silk brushed outer surfaces and cleaned internal features. The wristband additionally has an in-assembled augmentation framework allowing you to adjust it to your wrist size that can extend in the warmth and agreement in chilly climate. No detail is neglected and an additional triple-edge collapsing fasten is accommodated the elastic and leather straps.
In-house type 5100 DT
Visible through a sapphire caseback, type 5100DT depends on Vacheron’s most recent age of programmed developments (5100) with an extra time zone and AM/PM pointer. Estimating 30.6mm x 6mm thick, the development is fueled by a 22k gold swaying weight improved with a breeze rose and sandblasted, cleaned and grained completes, as you would anticipate from a watch bearing the Hallmark of Geneva confirmation. Type 5100 DT (dual time) has 234 components and is fitted with Vacheron’s in-house balance spring running at 4Hz with a force hold of 60 hours.
The spans are likewise pleasantly enriched with thick Côtes de Genève stripes. Notwithstanding being water-impervious to 150 meters, the watch has a soft iron packaging ring guaranteeing against attractive insurance to 25,000 A/m.
The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time has a ton making it work and is genuinely an attractive, strong travel watch. With amazing water and attractive opposition alongside its strong 60-hour power save, this watch won’t allow you to down. The 41mm case is tremendous, flawlessly completed and with its cleaned bezel mirroring the light, it will get you taken note. The dark dial has an effect and compared to the other models at present accessible looks less fatty, more honed and more distinguished.
User-kind disposition is acceptable, despite the fact that having found the hyper-straightforward pushers on the Porsche Design Globetimer watch to set nearby time in one-hour increases, I discover the crown-based usefulness somewhat less easy to understand. And afterward I have a small issue with the AM/PM pointer. For a capacity that is significant however not fundamental, it appears to be lopsidedly huge and its flat tendency implies that it eats into the hour marker at 9 o’clock. Would it look better in a less meddling upstanding position? What do you think?
Price and availability
The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time ref. 7900V/110A-B546 is anything but a restricted version and will retail for EUR 24,400. More data at vacheron-constantin.com .