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A signature : casual elegance revisited, dedicated to 21st century travelers
Hallmark of Geneva certification
New Vacheron Constantin calibres combining simple and complicated displays, driven by an oscillating weight inspired by the wind rose, a symbol of travel
Interchangeable bracelets/straps ensuring unique comfort, attuned to customer expectations

Overseas Chronograph – Calibre 5200

A unique perspective on the world

The Watch Quote™ - February 8th, 2016



The Overseas Chronograph watch bearing the Hallmark of Geneva is equipped with Calibre 5200, the new self-winding chronograph movement developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin. The result of a five-year development process, this 263-component calibre is fitted with a column wheel coordinating the chronograph start, stop and reset functions, as well as a vertical coupling clutch preventing any jerking of the hand when the chronograph starts.



A signature feature of new Vacheron Constantin chronographs, the column wheel is adorned with a screw shaped like the Manufacture’s signature Maltese cross emblem. This movement is equipped with a twin barrel enhancing its torque and its reliability while ensuring over 50 hours of power reserve.



Protected from magnetic fields by a soft iron ring, it powers the hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph and date indications. These functions are all displayed on a silver-toned or blue dial adorned with sunburst, snailed and velvety finishes. The gold facetted hands and hour-markers hands are coated with a luminescent material ensuring optimal readability.



The Overseas Chronograph comes in a stainless steel or 18K pink gold 42.5 mm-diameter case. Its screwed-down pushpieces, crown and caseback guarantee water-resistance to 150 metres, while its transparent back reveals a 22K gold oscillating weight adorned with a wind rose.



The new stainless steel models are each delivered with three interchangeable bracelet/straps: a steel bracelet with an easy-fit system, along with rubber and leather straps. The two latter are fitted with an equally interchangeable stainless steel folding clasp.



The pink gold model comes with two straps: one in leather and the other in rubber, both fitted with an interchangeable pink gold folding clasp.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph – Calibre 5200
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Overseas

A unique perspective on the world




Vacheron Constantin is reinventing one of its iconic collections, Overseas. Created in a spirit of casual elegance and practicality, five new models (12 references) equipped with Manufacture movements – including three new calibres – embody the new generation of self-winding timepieces inspired by the spirit of travel. All models, whether in steel or gold, from the simplest to the most complicated, bear the Hallmark of Geneva and are fitted with easily interchangeable bracelets/straps, a guarantee of comfort anywhere in the world. Alongside watches featuring simple displays (hours, minutes, seconds, with or without date), the collection also comprises chronographs and ultra-thin timepieces.



A bit of history

From the late 19th century onwards, timepieces embodying remarkable breakthroughs in terms of anti-magnetism and water-resistance were the first steps towards sports-oriented watches from the Maison. A model created in 1885 was designed to withstand magnetic disturbances thanks to the incorporation of palladium, gold and bronze components. In 1898, Vacheron Constantin presented a water-resistant pocket watch capable of withstanding extreme conditions. The formal characteristics of its sturdy case heralded the design of contemporary sport watches. The 1930s saw the emergence of steel “form” watches distinguished by screwed- down bezels and casebacks, as well as by unbreakable sapphire crystals. The technical attributes and the sporty appearance of these timepieces were confirmed through an aesthetic approach combining a “form” case with a 10-sided case topped by a round disc. This trend was reinterpreted several decades later, during the 1970s, by various iconic models including the famous “222” presented in 1977 to mark the 222nd anniversary of Vacheron Constantin. This sport watch was fitted with a screwed-down bezel and caseback guaranteeing water-resistance to 120 metres. Designed to suit an active lifestyle, it inspired the 1996 creation of the first Overseas models, powered by the spirit of travel and openness to the world. This remarkably technical collection soon became a touchstone for the Maison. Its dynamic lines, its signature bezel and its solid caseback adorned with a depiction of the famous Amerigo Vespucci three- masted ship are an open invitation to travel the seven seas. Vacheron Constantin has gradually developed the identify codes of this line over the years, such as the metal bracelet introduced in 2004 and featuring a motif evoking the Maltese cross brand emblem. In 2016, the new-wave, Hallmark of Geneva-certified Overseas is casting anchor in the 21st century.




Design signature

Flowing, ergonomic lines, subtle light effects and delicate finishes place the new Overseas models firmly within a timeless yet distinctly contemporary aesthetic universe. The curves of the case ensure seamless integration with the bracelet or strap, a feature that is both technically sophisticated and aesthetically pleasing. The six-sided bezel and the fluted crown with its grooves evoke the Maison design codes. The rounded, polished and satin-finished opening dips towards a refined dial topped by a sapphire crystal glareproofed on both sides. Coated with a translucent blue, silver-toned, rosy beige or grey lacquer – depending on the model – that intensifies the depth effect, the dials alternate between sunburst, snailed and velvety finishes. The gold luminescent facetted hands and hour-markers echo the gold frame surrounding the inner bezel ring, while the Arabic numerals ensure optimal readability. The screwed-down caseback fitted with a sapphire crystal reveals a 22K gold oscillating weight adorned with a wind rose, a universal symbol indicating the cardinal points for travelers, and adorned with sandblasted, polished and finely grained finishes.




Comfort and user friendliness

Self-winding calibres, water-resistance and interchangeable bracelets/straps


In keeping with the travel spirit, Overseas timepieces meet practical demands in order to guarantee their owner ideal comfort and user friendliness. They are equipped with mechanical self-winding movements ensuring a generous power reserve. Protected from magnetic disturbances by a soft iron ring, these calibres are endowed with remarkable precision and durability, while the case with a transparent and generally screwed-down caseback ensures water-resistance to 50 metres for the ultra-thin models, and to 150 metres for the others.

The new Overseas models are all about modularity, with three types of easily interchangeable stainless steel or precious metal bracelets – complete with an easy-fit system for enhanced comfort – as well as leather and rubber straps. An ingenious interchangeability device for the bracelets/straps and the folding clasp, serves to secure them in place without any need for tools, while guaranteeing the same robustness as a fixed bracelet or strap.

The Overseas bracelets/straps display remarkable finishes: the metal bracelets are domed and graced with a satin-brushed finish as well as polished interior angles evoking the half Maltese Cross motif; the rubber strap also bears a motif inspired by the same famous Vacheron Constantin emblem; while the alligator leather strap has a flat tip and a velvety nubuck lining accentuated by a micro-perforated effect, hence combining comfort & sporty aesthetics.


The Hallmark of Geneva, a firm commitment for 130 years

The new Overseas collection meets the demanding criteria of the Hallmark of Geneva, the prestigious label of quality and excellence instated in 1886. Standing for much more than just a certification of origin, it is issued by a neutral and independent official body. The Hallmark of Geneva rewards watches developed and assembled in Geneva according to extremely stringent criteria relating both to movement components and to the performance of the watch.

Embodying a four-fold consumer guarantee of provenance, resilience, accuracy and expertise, the Hallmark of Geneva establishes high production standards serving to achieve the best possible results in terms of reliability and aesthetics, while ensuring respect for traditional hand workmanship as well as the transmission of these skills. Vacheron Constantin is its most loyal representative since 1901.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph Steel

Calibre 5200



References :5500V/110A-B075 – silver-toned dial
5500V/110A-B148 – blue dial
Movement :Calibre 5200
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
Oscillating weight :22K gold Overseas
Diameter:30.60 mm (13’’’¼)
Thick:6.60 mm
Power reserve:Approximately 52 hours
Frequency :4 Hz (28'800 vibrations/hour)
Components:263
Jewels:54
Indications :Hours and minutes
Small seconds to 9 o’clock
Date
Column-wheel chronograph (30-minute and 12-hour counters)
Case :Stainless steel
Diameter :42.50 mm
Thick :13.70 mm
Casing ring :Soft iron ensuring anti-magnetic protection
Crown :Screwed-down crown and quarter-turn screw-lock push-pieces
Caseback :Transparent sapphire crystal
Water-resistant :Tested at a pressure of 15 bar (approx. 150 metres)
Dial :Translucent silver-toned/blue lacquered, sunburst satin-finished base with velvet-finished flange, snailed counters 18K gold hour-markers and hours & minutes hands highlighted with white luminescent material
Bracelet/straps :Steel bracelet, half Maltese cross-shaped polished and satin-brushed links
Delivered with a second strap in black/blue Mississippiensis alligator leather featuring a black nubuck lining with a micro-perforated effect, hand-stitched, large square scales
Delivered with a third strap in black/blue rubber
Clasps :Stainless steel bracelet secured by a stainless steel triple- blade folding clasp with push-pieces and comfort-adjustment system
Delivered with a second stainless steel triple-blade folding clasp with push-pieces and interchangeable system (patent pending) compatible with both additional straps

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronographe pink Gold

Calibre 5200



Reference :5500V/000R-B074
Movement :Calibre 5200
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
Oscillating weight :22K gold Overseas
Diameter:30.60 mm (13’’’¼)
Thick:6.60 mm
Power reserve:Approximately 52 hours
Frequency :4 Hz (28'800 vibrations/hour)
Components:263
Jewels:54
Indications :Hours and minutes
Small seconds to 9 o’clock
Date
Column-wheel chronograph (30-minute and 12-hour counters)
Case :18K 5N pink gold
Diameter :42.50 mm
Thick :13.70 mm
Casing ring :Soft iron ensuring anti-magnetic protection
Crown :Screwed-down crown and quarter-turn screw-lock push-pieces
Caseback :Transparent sapphire crystal
Water-resistant :Tested at a pressure of 15 bar (approx. 150 metres)
Dial :Translucent silver-toned lacquered, sunburst satin-finished base with velvet-finished flange, snailed counters 18K gold hour-markers and hours & minutes hands highlighted with white luminescent material
Bracelet/straps :Brown Mississippiensis alligator leather strap featuring a black nubuck lining with a micro-perforated effect, hand-stitched, large square scales
Delivered with a second strap in brown rubber
Clasps :18K 5N pink gold triple-blade folding clasp with push-pieces and interchangeable system (patent pending) compatible with both straps

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