THE JET SET

VACHERON CON­STANTIN

Singapore Tatler Jewels & Time - - Reviews -

The in­tro­duc­tion of the Over­seas col­lec­tion to Vacheron Con­stantin’s line-up in 1996 was not based on an ar­bi­trary de­ci­sion to sim­ply bring a sporty el­e­ment to the watch­maker’s port­fo­lio of dressy time­pieces. It was truly the next step in con­sol­i­dat­ing the brand’s tech­ni­cal achieve­ments since the 1800s, from watches that were built to re­pel mag­netic fields, to a 1977 an­niver­sary edi­tion that fea­tured a 10-sided case and was wa­ter re­sis­tant up to 120m.

Hence, the six-sided Over­seas has the hon­our of be­ing the em­blem­atic brawny watch of the brand fam­ily, with­out re­nounc­ing its in­nate el­e­gance and so­phis­ti­ca­tion. For 2016, the col­lec­tion has un­der­gone a mini facelift in terms of aes­thet­ics and me­chan­ics. Three new move­ments have specif­i­cally been de­vel­oped, the first be­ing the Cal­i­bre 5200, which is found within the Over­seas Chrono­graph. The re­sult of five years of re­search and de­vel­op­ment, the chrono­graph func­tion fea­tures a col­umn wheel and ver­ti­cal clutch, en­sur­ing that the hands move in a smoother mo­tion. It is a self-wind­ing move­ment, and of­fers 50 hours of au­ton­omy and wa­ter re­sis­tance up to 150m. Apart from a new move­ment, the Over­seas Chrono­graph dif­fers from its 2012 pre­de­ces­sor in the place­ment of the date aper­ture; it is now seen at 430. The lu­mi­nous in­dices are now in a slim­mer, ba­ton shape.

Then, we have the Cal­i­bre 5100, which beats at 4Hz, promis­ing more pre­ci­sion than the pre­vi­ous 3Hz move­ment. It is self-wind­ing, of­fer­ing 60 hours of power re­serve, and prof­fers the date at 3 o’clock. The hand­some piece mea­sures a wear­able 41mm.

Equip­ping the Over­seas Small Model for women is the Cal­i­bre 5300, a diminu­tive, 128-part move­ment. It is a sig­nif­i­cant step in the de­vel­op­ment for move­ments for the fairer sex, as it ac­knowl­edges their grow­ing sig­nif­i­cance in the watch world. The Small Model comes with a di­a­mond-stud­ded bezel and, like its coun­ter­parts, is stamped with the Geneva Seal.

All the mod­els men­tioned are avail­able in stain­less steel and rose gold, and are fur­nished with Vacheron Con­stantin’s new easy to change strap sys­tem. You no longer need an in-house kit to al­ter the look of your watch, as a sim­ple click al­lows you to re­place the rub­ber, leather and metal­lic straps, to adapt to the oc­ca­sion.

The six-sided Over­seas has the hon­our of be­ing the em­blem­atic brawny watch of the brand fam­ily, with­out re­nounc­ing its in­nate el­e­gance and so­phis­ti­ca­tion

From top: Vacheron Con­stantin Over­seas Self-wind­ing with cal­i­bre 5100; Over­seas Chrono­graph with cal­i­bre 5200

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