Vacheron adds variety to its sports luxe collection with a smaller option as well as a smattering of bi-metal
by James Buttery
Vacheron Constantin has expanded its Overseas collection with six new pieces, including smaller examples as well as plenty of bi-metal designs.
While the Overseas was only relaunched in January 2016, Vacheron Constantin has clearly not been oblivious to the market’s taste for smaller watches being driven, in turn, by the popularity of vintage watches.
Two 37mm stainless steel models are being released with a small seconds at the nine o’clock and satin-finished sunburst dials in both blue and ‘rosy beige’ lacquer. Inside is Vacheron’s 5300 in-house 4Hz automatic with 22k gold rotor and 44 hours of power reserve.
Vacheron has quite rightly made much of the new Overseas’ quick-change strap concept, which allows the owner to remove either strap or bracelet by pulling a small catch with a fingernail. As such, these 37mm Overseas models come with a steel bracelet as well as both alligator and rubber straps colour-matched to the dial.
Two 37mm bi-metal pieces – stainless steel case with 18ct 5N pink gold bezel and crown – have also been revealed, one with 84 round-cut diamonds set in the bezel. Before the introduction of these 37mm models the most diminutive men’s Overseas was the Ultra-thin at 40mm, with the only 37mm variant available being diamond-set.
The bimetal theme continues with a 42.5mm column wheel and vertical clutch chronograph. The automatic 4Hz 5200 movement uses twin barrels to both maintain torque and offer 52 hours of power reserve. Running seconds, 30-minute and 12-hour registers sit at the nine, six and three o’clock positions while a framed date window sits at the half-past-four.
Vacheron has also created a 41mm time and date in bimetal with the date at the three o’clock. These four bimetal pieces are all supplied on dark brown alligator with an additional rubber strap in the box.
Each new piece is water resistant to 15 bar and bears the Poincon de Geneve seal. UK prices have yet to be revealed, we’ll update as soon as we learn more.