This latest version of the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph in a pink gold case with a blue dial exudes a warmer and more luxurious vibe than other models in the current line-up. Admittedly, there is another pink gold model in the collection, but it has a more demure silver dial and just two strap options. This stunning Overseas Chronograph comes with Vacheron Constantin‘s impressively finished bracelet in solid pink gold and two additional straps allowing you to dress it up or down, according to the occasion. Equipped with the in-house integrated chronograph calibre 5200, this 2022 Overseas Chronograph retains all the specifications of former models but cuts a dash in its handsome pink gold and navy suit.
Vacheron’s Overseas collection has a fascinating history. When it surfaced in 1977 for the brand’s 222 anniversary, it quickly established itself as the third member of the holy trinity of luxury sports watches (AP and PP). You can read all about its evolutions in our in-depth Part 1 and Part 2 coverage of the model, but for those in the know, we are now looking at the third-generation Overseas Chronograph launched in 2016.
Although it is technically a luxury sports watch, it transcends the finishings and mechanical prowess of similar models produced by Rolex and Omega and rises into the stratosphere of the high-end luxury sports watch, along with the Nautilus and Royal Oak.
Measuring 42.5mm in diameter with a height of 13.7mm, the pink gold case is built with a tonneau-shaped base and circular plinth surmounted by the polished six-sided bezel designed to look like the truncated arms of the brand’s Maltese Cross logo. Impeccably finished, the surface of the case is vertically brushed, while the plinth has circular brushing to contrast with the mirror-polished gleam of the bezel. The finishings extend to the bracelet with its flat brushed surfaces and hand-polished bevels. To ensure the 150m water-resistance of the case, the crown is screwed-down, and the push-pieces are also screw-locked.
Like most Overseas models, the Chronograph is delivered with three options: an 18k pink gold bracelet with a pink gold triple-folding clasp with push-pieces and comfort-adjustment system; a dark blue calfskin leather strap with light grey stitching and a dark blue rubber strap, both with an 18k pink gold buckle. Switching from a bracelet to a strap or vice-versa is a cinch, thanks to Vacheron’s DIY interchangeable system.
The lacquered blue dial has an attractive sunburst satin-finished base, a velvety textured flange, and three snailed sub-dials. Both the applied pink gold indices and the hour and minute hands are treated with Super-LumiNova that emits a blue glow in the dark. The chronograph counters, with 30-minute and 12-hour elapsed times at 3 and 6 o’clock, have white numerals, while the small seconds counter at 9 o’clock has white markings. Perched at an angle at 4:30h is the gold-framed date window with a white background and black numerals. The central chronograph seconds hand and the two chronograph hands in the counters are brushed to contrast with the polished indices and hour and minute hands.
Designed especially for the third-generation Overseas collection, calibre 5200 is a fully integrated chronograph movement operated with a column wheel (decorated with a Maltese cross) and a vertical clutch. Beating at 28,8000vph, the twin barrels deliver a power reserve of 52 hours and parts of the movement can be admired through the sapphire crystal caseback, including the 22k gold rotor with its wind rose, and some of the finishings – Geneva stripes, polished bevelled angles, circular graining – that embellish this Poinçon de Genève movement.
Availability & Price
The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph in pink gold with a blue lacquered dial is not a limited edition and is available exclusively at Vacheron Constantin boutiques for CHF 74,000 / EUR 82,500. For more information, please visit vacheron-constantin.com.