Vacheron Constantin : Immortalizing World Time

Overseas World Time
CASE : stainless steel, soft iron casing ring (anti-magnetic protection), sapphire crystal case-back, water-resistant to 150m

DIAMETER : 43.5mm

MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding (Caliber 2460 WT, 40-hour power reserve), 255 components, 22K gold rotor, Hallmark of Geneva

FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, seconds, date, world time, day/night DIAL : silver-toned, blue or brown, three translucent superimposed layers, luminescenceenhanced gold hands

BRACELET/STRAPS : interchangeable stainless steel bracelet with polished and satin-brushed links shaped like a half Maltese cross, delivered with two other (black, blue or chestnut brown) leather and rubber straps, folding clasp

How can one possibly evoke world time without a few figures ? 20 years after the launch of its Overseas sports watch, Vacheron Cosntantin presented at the SIHH 2016 a new version interpreted in six models (chronograph, date, ladies’, ultra-thin and perpetual calendar versions), expressed this spring in the Overseas World Time, appearing with three dial colors (silver-toned, blue or brown). Why make do with 24 time zones if you can indicate 37 like this Overseas for globetrotters, taking account of zones offset from Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) by 15 or 30 minutes ?

vacheron2Above the map floats a smoked sapphire disc in subtly graded shades indicating day and night, synchronized with the outer 24-hour ring, itself surrounded by the minute track rimming the dial. The show continues on the back of the stainless steel case, where the dance of time is punctuated by the gold  oscillating weight and the sandblasted and finely grained finish of the Manufacture-made caliber, adorned with a wind rose, a symbol of travel. The 12-stop
Overseas Tour has been immortalized by the legendary photographer Steve McCurry (see the article).

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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