Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph Calibre 5200 Hands-On
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.