Philippine Daily Inquirer
Breguet’s new Classique watches
The Breguet Classique Ref. 5177BR/29/9V6 and the Breguet Classique Phase De Lune Dame Ref. 9087BR/29/964
Vacheron Constantin is introducing two new models in its Overseas collection, which is targeted specifically for travelers. The first is the Overseas dual time, which provides simultaneous reading of two time zones. The hours hand indicates the local time zone corresponding to the traveller’s current location, while the hand tipped with a triangular arrows shows the time in a reference time zone
The timepiece’s 12-hour display, adjustable via the crown in both directions, is complemented by a day/night indication set to home time, as well as a pointer-type date display synchronized with local time. It has a 234-component movement, oscillating at a frequency of 4 Hz and endowed with a comfortable 60- hour power reserve thanks to its twin barrel, and is housed in a 41 mm-diameter steel case that is water-resistant to 150 meters.
The Overseas dual time is available in stainless steel with a blue or silver-toned lacquered dial, or in 18 carats 5N pink gold with a silver-toned dial. The steel version with a stainless steel bracelet features a half Maltese cross-shaped polished and satin-brushed links, complete with a comfort-adjustment system. The watch is delivered with two additional alligator leather and rubber straps matching the shade of the dial and fitted with an equally interchangeable stainless steel part.
Meanwhile, the Overseas ultra-thin perpetual calendar is one of the slimmest in the market, with an 18-carat 5N pink gold case measuring just 8.1 mm thick. The timepiece houses the Vacheron Constantin Caliber 1120 QP/1, an ultra-thin mechanical self-winding movement that powers a perpetual calendar and moon phase indica- tions. A true feat of miniaturization, the barely 4.05-mm thick movement comprises 276 parts that keeps track of calendar irregularities with no need for correction until the year 2100.
The case, which measures 41.5 mm in diameter and waterresistant to 50 meters, frames a translucent silver-toned lacquered dial punctuated by 18carat gold hands and hourmarkers highlighted with luminescent material. The transparent sapphire crystal caseback reveals a 22-carat oscillating weight adorned with a wind rose.
Endowed with an approximately 40-hour power reserve, the timepiece drives the hours and minutes, perpetual calendar—day of the week, date, month and leap year on a 48month counter—as well as moon-phase functions.
The watch is secured by in- terchangeable 18-carat 5N pink gold folding clasp, while the equally interchangeable dark blue alligator or rubber straps provide a stylish way of accentuating the refinement of the model.
The new Overseas timepieces are characterized by comfort and user-friendliness. They are both stylish and technically complex while exuding an aura of understated distinction.