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When you talk about the pinnacle of Swiss watchmaking, a few names spring to mind, but few have the prestige that Geneva icon Vacheron Constantin has. The much-revered brand has carved out a niche for exquisite pieces that are elegant without austerity, but in 2021, Vacheron Constantin has changed lanes. Moving firmly into sports-watch territory, the new Vacheron Constantin Overseas chronograph “Everest” and Overseas dual time “Everest” bring a new level of rugged durability to the famed Swiss name.

Inspired by the world’s highest peak, the Overseas chronograph “Everest” and Overseas dual time “Everest” watches celebrate adventure and self-surpassing. According to Vacheron Constantin, this mentality was best embodied by American explorer and photographer Cory Richards, who was one of the talents chosen for its One of not many communications campaign. Tackling the peak for the third time, Richards wore an Overseas dual time prototype specially developed by Vacheron Constantin. Now, we see that prototype reborn in two stunning new pieces.

Both models are distinguished by a blend of titanium on the case, bezel, pushers and pusher guards, all presented in different finishes. On the dial side, however, the pieces feature a grained finish punctuated by bright orange accents, a dynamic colour that Vacheron Constantin says matches the shade of the stitching on the Cordura strap with nubuck calfskin lining. Importantly, both models are equipped with Overseas collection’s self-interchangeable strap system.

Overseas Chronograph “Everest”

On the chronograph side of the equation, the Overseas “Everest” is displayed in a 42.5mm case and features a bright orange central chronograph hand to ensure optimal legibility of the chronograph indications.

Under the hood, the timepiece is powered by a self-winding Calibre 5200/2. Vacheron Constantin claims this twin-barrel in-house movement is fitted with a column-wheel orchestrating the chronograph function’s start, stop and reset operations. “This accurate and reliable mechanism also features a vertical clutch to prevent any potential hand stuttering when the chronograph is started,” the brand wrote.

Further, the NAC treatment on the baseplate mirrors the anthracite grey shades of this model, while the 22K pink gold oscillating weight bears an engraving of Mount “Everest”. In a fitting nod to Richards, it is based on a photograph taken by the adventurer during one of his expeditions to the Himalayan summit.

“For me, these watches are an expression of years of refinement and effort. They are the manifestation of the reduction of the superfluous in the pursuit of the essential…and the essence of craftsmanship,” Richards said. “All of my endeavours have mirrored this journey…be them in art and photography or exploration.”

Overseas chronograph “Everest” Technical Data

Reference: 5510-000T-B923
Caliber: 5200/2
Dimensions: 30.6 mm (13¼’’’) diameter, 6.6 mm thick
Power Reserve: Approximately 52 hours
Case: 42.5 mm Titanium and stainless steel
Water-resistant: Tested at a pressure of 15 bar (approx. 150 metres)
Dial: Grey-blue grained dial
Clasp: Titanium/Stainless steel folding clasp
Price: USD$37,000

Overseas Dual Time – “Everest”

Taking things in a slightly more sport direction, the Overseas Dual Time “Everest” is directly inspired by the prototype built to accompany Cory Richards. The timepiece issued in a 150-piece limited edition provides all the functions useful to globetrotters and experienced explorers.

Featuring a 41mm case, carved from a combination of titanium and stainless steel, the watch is a lightweight and durable addition. It is powered by the in-house self-winding 5110 DT/2 movement which enables simultaneous reading of two time zones. In addition to the classic local-time indications, an arrow-tipped fourth orange hand displays the original (home) time, coupled with a matching-coloured day/night indicator.

Further to this, the pointer-type date display at 6 o’clock is synchronised with local time, which can be adjusted by a dedicated pusher. According to the brand, the two time zones at 12 o’clock can be corrected by turning the crown in either direction. As with its new stablemate, the 22K pink gold oscillating weight is adorned with an engraving of Mount Everest inspired by a photograph taken by Cory Richards.

“For me, the ultimate expression of any craft is best understood through what we are able to strip away and shed as we drive towards perfection. I see this in the details…what is included and why,” Richards said. “I’m reminded of the sweat and blood and tears and joy that all greatness requires. And in the movements I see the countless hours of dedication required to bring any goal to life. I see the time given. I see my life reflected back at me through minutes and seconds and I am reminded that there is still a road ahead and an unfolding of countless journeys yet to come.”

Overseas Dual Time “Everest” Technical Data

Reference: 7910V/000T-B922
Calibre: 5110 DT/2
Dimensions: 30.6 mm (13¼’’’) diameter, 6 mm thick
Power reserve: Approximately 60 hours
Case: 41mm Titanium and stainless steel
Water-resistant: Tested at a pressure of 15 bar (approx. 150 meters)
Dial: Grey-blue grained dial
Clasp: Titanium/Stainless steel folding clasp
Price: USD$31,300

Both the new Vacheron Constantin Overseas chronograph “Everest” and Overseas dual time “Everest” are limited and numbered to 150 pieces each and are available exclusively from Vacheron Constantin boutiques. According to reports, the chronograph costs USD$37,000 and the dual time carries a price tag of USD$31,300.

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