Vacheron Constantin presents the Overseas Back to Black
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The Overseas collection treats itself to a total black look. Two new timepieces are available in a black lacquered dial beautifully framed by the shimmering gleam of the steel case. Launched in 2018, the Overseas dual time model equipped with the 5110 DT self-winding Manufacture movement enables simultaneous reading of two time zones, complete with date and day/night indication.
Overseas dual time
While travel is often associated with escapades and getting away from it all, it nonetheless requires careful scheduling. It is in this spirit that Vacheron Constantin designed the Overseas dual time watch as part of a collection specifically dedicated to the spirit of travel. Everything in this timepiece has been designed to take account of the variable factors punctuating globetrotters’ daily lives, interpreted in a practical, useful and resolutely stylish manner. The readability of the new black dial, the smooth adjustment of the functions, along with the wearer comfort ensured in all circumstances thanks to its three interchangeable bracelet/straps, make this Overseas dual time the ideal companion around the world.
Throbbing at the heart of the watch is the self-winding Manufacture 5110 DT calibre, derived from the 5100. Its distinctive feature lies in the simultaneous reading of two time zones. In addition to the traditional central hand-type time indications for local time, a fourth hand tipped with a red arrow displays the ‘home’ time, coupled with a day/night indicator. The date hand appearing on a sector at 6 o'clock is synchronised with local time, corrected by means of a push-piece. The two 12-hour zones are adjustable via the crown in both directions. Beating at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour), this 234-component 5110 DT calibre has a comfortable 60-hour power reserve thanks to its two barrels wound by a 22-carat gold oscillating weight adorned with a wind rose and visible through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback.
The primary concern to offer a timepiece that is practical on any occasion is met by legibility. Set against the new translucent black-lacquered dial, the contrasting displays involving luminescent 18-carat gold facetted hour-markers and hands are all the more striking. And since this is a high-precision "instrument", a double minutes and seconds scale has been placed around the rim.
On the 41 mm steel case, emblematic of the collection with its hexagonal bezel, the crown and the date pushpiece are secured so as to ensure that the watch is water-resistant to 150 metres. This Overseas dual time watch thus offers all the qualities of a watch of character, while losing none of its charm, enhanced on all occasions by the choice between its three interchangeable bracelet/straps. Without any need for tools, the watch is may thus be fitted with a steel bracelet featuring polished/satin-brushed links inspired by the Maltese cross, or else with a choice of rubber or alligator leather straps.