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Go for less bulk and more sub­stance with the Vacheron Con­stantin Overseas Ul­tra-thin Per­pet­ual Cal­en­dar

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Vacheron Con­stantin’s Overseas Ul­tra-thin Per­pet­ual Cal­en­dar

There are a few golden rules to savvy trav­el­ling and one of them is to pack light but pack well. You can ap­ply this rule to ev­ery­thing on you, from your suit­case to your shoes and, of course, your watch. Just as how bulky lug­gage is never a wel­come thought, an over­sized watch has no busi­ness tag­ging along on the flight. For one, it’s prac­ti­cally beg­ging for scratches in the con­fined spa­ces of a cabin.

In lieu of a scratch­proof time­piece, itin­er­ant watch afi­ciona­dos could con­sider one with an ul­tra-thin case that slips eas­ily un­der the cuff of your cash­mere sweater or silk py­ja­mas, such as the new Vacheron Con­stantin Overseas Ul­tra-thin Per­pet­ual Cal­en­dar. Need an­other rea­son? This is the Vacheron Con­stantin col­lec­tion ded­i­cated to the world of travel and it had re­cently un­der­gone a mas­sive re­vamp, the first since its in­tro­duc­tion in 1996, which makes it a rel­a­tively young watch. The Overseas col­lec­tion is Vacheron Con­stantin’s take on ca­sual el­e­gance in watch­mak­ing, but the ju­di­cious can see im­me­di­ately that by “ca­sual el­e­gance”, the man­u­fac­ture meant heavy on the “el­e­gance” and (next to) zero on the “ca­sual”. That, or this is the kind of ca­sual el­e­gance so­ci­ety’s up­per­most ech­e­lons are used to.

One of the col­lec­tion’s most recog­nis­able traits is the bezel with six crenel­la­tions, rounded and al­ter­nat­ingly pol­ished and sat­in­brushed. Sit­ting atop a monobloc case mid­dle with in­te­grated lugs, it frames the watch’s sil­vered dial and draws at­ten­tion to the con­tents of its sub-di­als where the per­pet­ual cal­en­dar dis­plays have been neatly ar­ranged. Ac­cu­rate un­til the year 2100, it is ac­com­pa­nied by a moon phase dis­play that echoes the chic moder­nity of the watch’s type­face and blue-grey colour pal­ette. The move­ment that per­pet­u­ates this ac­tiv­ity is the Cal­i­bre 1120 QP mea­sur­ing just 4.05mm in height. Os­cil­lat­ing at a fre­quency of 19,800vph, this self-wind­ing move­ment, like all Vacheron Con­stantin me­chan­i­cal move­ments since 1901, is stamped with the pres­ti­gious Geneva Seal, which means that both its pre­ci­sion and fin­ish­ing are be­yond re­proach. Get the full picture through the sap­phire crys­tal case back.

The Overseas Ul­tra-thin Per­pet­ual Cal­en­dar is also an im­pres­sive sight on the out­side, pre­dom­i­nantly its case pro­file mea­sur­ing only 8.1mm. Con­sid­er­ing that it houses a self-wind­ing move­ment made up of 276 com­po­nents, one of which is a 22K gold finely dec­o­rated ro­tor, one would be hard-pressed to not give it due credit. Like all of the other new Overseas mod­els un­veiled this year, this one is fit­ted with an in­ter­change­able bracelet com­plete with the new easy-fit sys­tem that al­lows the wearer to ex­tend the bracelet by a few mil­lime­tres quickly and eas­ily. Ad­di­tion­ally, leather and rub­ber straps are de­liv­ered with the watch to be changed at will. MOVE­MENT Self-wind­ing ul­tra-thin Cal­i­bre 1120 QP with per­pet­ual cal­en­dar and ap­prox­i­mately 40-hour power re­serve

CASE 41.5mm in white gold, wa­ter re­sis­tant to 50m

STRAP White gold bracelet, nubuck-lined dark grey Mis­sis­sip­pi­en­sis al­li­ga­tor leather, and black rub­ber

PRICE $140,400

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