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The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon Skeleton 6000V (Live Pics & Price)

A high-end entirely openworked edition of the brand’s luxury sports watch.

calendar | ic_dehaze_black_24px By Xavier Markl | ic_query_builder_black_24px 2 min read |

The rebirth of the Overseas’ emblematic ancestor, the 1970s reference 222, will probably be the centre of attention for Vacheron Constantin during Watches & Wonders. Still, a new skeletonized tourbillon joins the Overseas collection and it really deserves a closer look. Presented in titanium and in pink gold, the new Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon Skeleton houses the calibre 2160, beautifully redesigned and streamlined in a modern openworked spirit.

Modelled on the Overseas Tourbillon, the new model is the first tourbillon skeleton watch in the Overseas collection. It comes in two versions, one in 18k pink gold and the other in grade 5 titanium. The titanium model is presented as the first by the Maison to be entirely made of this same metal – from crown to bezel and from bracelet to case. Titanium has already been used on the Overseas, in the Everest Editions, yet combined with other materials.

The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon skeleton is a 42.5mm model whose sapphire dial reveals the anatomy of its movement with a striking sense of depth. The hour markers are pink gold or white gold and paired with luminescent hands in the same metal. The ring at the periphery of the dial is black lacquered pink gold or blue PVD-coated white gold, depending on the model.

The case and bracelet of both versions are vertically satin-brushed with polished angles on the bracelet links. The shape of the links is inspired by Vacheron Constantin’s Maltese Cross emblem.

Inside the watch is the in-house calibre 2160 SQ. The large 31mm movement is only 5.65mm thanks to the use of a peripheral rotor that also offers a clear view of its intricacies. Consisting of 186 components, it runs at a frequency of 18,000 vibrations/hour with a power reserve of 80 hours. The skeletonization process of the calibre 2160 (SQ standing for squelette) comes with notable changes. In particular, the barrel drum and cover have been entirely openworked, creating a compass rose shape on the dial side. Besides the openworked architecture, the balance spring now features a Breguet overcoil.

The attention to detail is remarkable with superb finishing. The hand-drawn flanks and hand-chamfering accentuate the play of light across the components. The rounded-off tourbillon bridge is particularly impressive. The skeletonization work is enhanced by the NAC treatment conferring a modern anthracite grey tint to the plate, bridges and barrel. 

As with other Overseas models, the strap options are versatile thanks to Vacheron’s interchangeable strap system. The easy, fast and precise mechanism makes switching the already-fitted rose gold or titanium bracelet over to the additional alligator leather or rubber strap options easy.

The price of the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon Skeleton 6000V is set at EUR 126,000 (excl. taxes) for the boutique exclusive titanium version and EUR 147,000 (excl. taxes) for the pink gold version. For more information, please visit www.vacheron-constantin.com.

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