Of the many praised collections in Vacheron Constantin’s catalog, few are so frequently lauded as the Overseas, a collection of watches that first debuted in the 1970s as a competitor to the famed integrated-bracelet luxury sports watches by Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet. The series was relaunched in 2016 with a modernized design and more luxurious styling. Via the digital Watches & Wonders fair this past week, the Swiss manufacture unveiled its latest updates to the popular design in two new Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin watches — both in rose gold cases and now available with either a skeletonized dial or a distinctive Overseas blue dial. Together, the two new models help further solidify the Overseas collection as a go-to choice during the rising trend of integrated luxury watches.
Both new watches feature a 41.5-mm, rose-gold Overseas case, living up to its ultra-thin moniker at only 8.1 mm thick. The case features the Overseas collection’s distinctive layered bezel, a signed crown, and integrated construction with three quick-changing straps that come standard with both models; these include a rose-gold bracelet, blue alligator strap, and blue rubber strap.
Moving to the dial, the major difference between the two models is apparent in the skeletonized version’s use of metallic tones and whites as its main colors in comparison to the solid-dial model’s use of the lacquered blue that is emblematic of the Overseas. Despite the differences, however, both watches feature the same primary design elements. On the outer edge, you can find an angled minute ring accented at each 5-minute mark with Arabic numerals, while inside this scale is a second minute ring, this one accented at each hour with applied, rose-gold rectangular hour markers. Each quadrant of the dial hosts a dedicated subdial: month indicator at the top, moon-phase at the bottom, day-of-the-week display on the left, and analog date to the right. Notably, the month indicator features the months in four-year increments, with the leap years’ months highlighted in blue to distinguish them from the non-leap years.
Powering the new watches is the in-house calibers 1120 QP/1 and 1120 QPSQ/1 for the blue and skeletonized dial versions, respectively. The movements, as their names indicate, both use the same base caliber, with the skeletonized version being specially crafted to suit the intricacies of the watch’s design. Both automatic calibers feature a 40-hour power reserve, are composed of 276 components, and use 36 jewels. The largest distinction is in the 1120 QP/1’s use of a solid gold Overseas rotor compared to the more exclusive 1120 QPSQ/1, which opts for a NAC-treated, openworked oscillating weight in the shape of a Maltese cross— the signature of the Vacheron Constantin brand.
Both watches will be available exclusively through Vacheron Constantin boutiques. The skeletonized version is currently priced at $115,000, while the new blue dial option will be priced at $88,500.