These days, almost every order for an (iconic) sports watch seems to be in some material other than precious metals. Ceramic, sapphire, fake carbon, titanium or stainless steel are all very high, evoking a high want factor among watch enthusiasts. Call me old fashioned, but I love a watch with precious metal, especially (iconic) sports watches. Vacheron Constantin Overseas.
This particular model, which debuted at Watches & Wonders in Geneva earlier this year, combines a pink gold case and bracelet with an ultra-thin skeletonized movement, offering a perpetual calendar highlighted by blue details. The color contrast is amazing and gives a great look to the overseas, while the skeleton is very clear to the watch. This is also somewhat mandatory as the perpetual calendar has some information to display.
With a diameter of 21.5mm, the Overseas Perpetual Calendar draws attention without becoming too much of a good thing. The latter is thanks to an overall height of just 8.1 mm, which contributes to a pleasant way of wearing the watch. Powered by the reference caliber 1120 QPSQ/1, it displays a refined finish that earns it the Seal of Geneva.
The movement offers a 40-hour power reserve and can indicate the current moon phase, day, month and leap year in addition to the hour and minutes. Vacheron Constantin chose a compass rose decoration on the oscillating weight, which is also beautiful to look at on the back.
As is standard with all overseas watches in the current collection, the pink gold bracelet can be swapped between leather or rubber strap in seconds without the use of tools. This increases the versatility of the perpetual calendar but allows for different features to be created.
While many may still prefer a less precious material, to me, this Vacheron Constantin brings a respectable complexity to one of the brand’s signature designs in the form of a skeleton, and the use of gold to do so seems right. The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin retails for €96,500 (approx. ($93,100).
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