This year, the Overseas collection by Vacheron Constantin welcomes a new steel chronograph, featuring a deep blue dial and fitted with matching leather and rubber straps. Graced with a meticulously finished deep blue dial enhanced by luminescent hands and hour-markers guaranteeing perfect readability, this new model gives a dynamic boost to the Overseas collection, while preserving the distinctive characteristics that have forged the strength of this technical and sporty line since its launch in 1996. The inimitably elegant Overseas ‘signature’ is reflected in the famous bezel inspired by the Maltese cross and on the case-back adorned with the three-masted Amerigo Vespucci, a symbol of the world’s greatest sailors travels.
On a technical level, all Overseas chronographs are endowed with water resistance to 15 bar (around 150 metres), as well as anti-magnetic protection certified to 25,000 A/m (compared with the standard 4,000 A/m) thanks to a soft iron cage shielding the movement from the effects of magnetic fields.
The complex mechanism of the Overseas Chronograph, with its subtle connotations of sporting achievements and timekeeping precision, makes it a natural object of fascination. Calibre 1137 is a mechanical self-winding chronograph movement featuring 183 parts, a 40-hour power reserve and a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour. In addition to showing the hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock and the chronograph functions – sweep seconds hand, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock – this model also provides a large date display through a twin aperture at 12 o’clock.
This sophisticated and elegant Overseas Chronograph with its 42 mm-diameter case comes with two dark blue straps: one in vulcanised rubber and the other in alligator leather. A triple -blade, twin-pusher steel folding clasp guarantees both security and comfort on the wrist for the wearer of this technical and sporty watch.
This new chronograph will be available exclusively in the United States and in Vacheron Constantin boutiques as of late 2013, before making its worldwide appearance from summer 2014 onwards.
Model: Overseas Chronograph
Calibre 1137, Mechanical self-winding
26.20 mm (11’’’ ¼) diameter
6.60 mm thick
Approximately 40-hour of power reserve
3 Hz (21’600 vibrations/hour)
Hours, minutes and small seconds at 6 o’clock
Large date at 12 o’clock
Chronograph with column wheel
12-hour and 30-minute counters
42 mm diameter, 12.45 mm thick
Screwed-down crown and pushpieces
Solid case-back with stamped “Overseas” medallion
Water resistance tested at a pressure of 15 bar (approx. 150 metres)
Laquered blue shiny dial with white painted indications
Blue snailed counters with rhodiumized diamond-polish filets
Hands and hour-markers in 18K white gold with white luminescent material
Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather strap, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Delivered with a second dark blue rubber strap
Stainless steel triple blade folding clasp, double security with buttons