Vacheron Constantin presents two Overseas black dial models


Overseas 4500V/110A-B483

Re-introduced in 2016, the Overseas collection is one of Vacheron Constantin’s most important offerings. Both elegant and sporty, the watches from this series compete in the highly competitive and highly desirable (especially these days) luxury sports watch segment – a market historically dominated by Audemars Piguet (Royal Oak) and Patek Philippe (Nautilus). So far, the Overseas watches have been available with blue, silver and brown dials. Now in 2018, the brand is adding a new dial color – black. Smooth and elegant, black is a great choice for any watch. Discreet and easy to match, it is perfect for both casual and dress occasions. The first two models to receive this “treatment” are a self-winding three-hand watch and a chronograph.

Overseas 4500V/110A-B483

Black is perfect for both casual and dress occasions

 

The new Overseas Automatic (ref. 4500V/110A-B483) is housed a 41mm stainless steel case. Water resistant to 150 meters, the watch features the signature Overseas six-sided bezel and a transparent sapphire case back. The case is also equipped with a screwed-down crown and a Soft iron casing ring that ensures anti-magnetic protection. Underneath the front sapphire glass lies a beautiful black lacquered dial with circular satin-finished flange and white gold hour markers and hands. The functions include hours, minutes, seconds and date at 3 o’clock. Beating inside the timepiece is the caliber 5100, a self-winding (4Hz) movement with a power reserve of approximately 60 hours. Composed of 172 components, this 27-jewel movement features a 22K gold oscillating weight adorned with a windrose.

Overseas 4500V/110A-B483

The six-sided bezel is a trademark feature of every Overseas watch

 

Priced at €20,000, the black dial Overseas Automatic is delivered on a stainless steel bracelet with half Maltese cross-shaped polished and satin-brushed links. The watch is also available with a black alligator leather strap or a black rubber strap. The bracelet and straps can easily be replaced thanks to Vacheron Constantin’s interchangeability concept launched two years ago.

Overseas 4500V/110A-B483

Both the bracelet and straps are easily interchangeable

 

The next watch to feature a black dial is the Vacheron Constantin Overseas chronograph (ref. 5500V/110A-B481). Also in steel, this model is slightly larger, measuring 42.5mm in diameter. Unlike previous Overseas chronographs, which had tone-on-tone dials, the latest version features a dial with contrasting sub-dials. The background is black lacquered while the three snailed counters are in silver tone. Inspired by 1960s watches, this “panda-type” design increases legibility and highlights the chronograph indications. The dial features a classic 3-6-9 chronograph layout, with small seconds at 9 and 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters at 3 and 6 o’clock respectively. Completing the dial is the angled date window between 4 and 5 o’clock.

Overseas Chronograph 5500V/110A-B481

Panda and reverse panda (picture) dials highlight the chronograph indications

 

The new Overseas chronograph is powered by the calibre 5200 with 54 jewels. The self-winding movement beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers a power reserve of approximately 52 hours. Designed and manufactured in-house by Vacheron Constantin, this twin-barrel movement features a column-wheel driving the chronograph start, stop and reset functions and also has a vertical clutch – a mechanism that prevents any potential jerking of the hand when the chronograph is started. Like the Automatic model, the Overseas chronograph is also available with a steel bracelet, black leather or rubber strap. The timepiece retails at €28,000.

5500V/110A-B481

Both models are also available with a black rubber strap

 

 

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