Vacheron Constantin Over­seas Chronograph Cal­i­bre 5200 Hands-On

THE MAN Magazine Cambodia - - Basel Report -

With the Over­seas line, and per­haps most so with the Over­seas Chronograph, Vacheron Constantin has at­tempted to walk the fine line which of­ten bi­sects watches: that be­tween dressy and sporty. With a sport watch his­tory that can be traced back to the ’30s, Vacheron un­doubt­edly has the know how to pro­duce a tough but classy watch, and the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions of the Vacheron Constantin Over­seas Chronograph stand in tes­ta­ment to that abil­ity. Af­ter five years of move­ment de­vel­op­ment, Vacheron Constantin chose SIHH 2016 for the launch of their up­dated Over­seas line, in­clud­ing the Over­seas Chronograph and its new cal­i­bre 5200 move­ment. The Over­seas line was orig­i­nally launched in 1996, marked by a for­mi­da­ble use of tech­nol­ogy wrapped in a tra­di­tional but fo­cused aes­thetic ac­cented by the now in­stantly rec­og­niz­able fixed bezel de­sign. The Over­seas is meant to be a trav­eler’s watch, a watch for an ad­ven­tur­ous glo­be­trot­ting gen­tle­man. When­ever I see a Vacheron Constantin Over­seas Chronograph, I think it should be worn by the type of guy who has com­pleted open ocean solo sail­ing trips. It’s lux­u­ri­ous, yet tough enough to en­dure daily wear in life­styles that don’t of­ten fea­ture ”spa days.” The steel Vacheron Constantin Over­seas Chronograph comes with the steel bracelet as well as a rubber and a leather strap, while the gold model comes with a rubber and a leather op­tion. For the non-bracelet choices, the fold­ing buckle can also be re­moved us­ing a sim­ple key­hole ten­sion lock built into each clasp. Just turn the strap edge against the ten­sion for 360 de­grees, and the buckle comes off. The steel bracelet also fea­tures an ad­justable ex­ten­sion that can add be­tween 2mm and 4mm by gen­tly pulling on the links next to the clasp.

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