The year was 2019 when American explorer and photographer Cory Richards who is also a seasoned mountaineer took on his third ascent to Mt. Everest. During this expedition, Richards was accompanied with a prototype Vacheron Constantin Overseas dual time on his wrist. Distinguished by a powerful and bold design, the prototype has led to the creation of two unique timepieces in 2021; Overseas chronograph “Everest” and Overseas dual time “Everest”.
The Vacheron Constantin Overseas collection is one of the sportiest collection and symbolises discovery and openness to the world. With the two new limited edition series, the collection goes up a notch higher in exploring new heights of elegance and robustness.
About the watch:
Both the new watches are instantly recognisable by the famous six-sided bezel that evokes the Maltese cross made from titanium and steel. Other aspects like the case, the pushers and pusher guards are made of titanium which is light and offers high resistant against corrosion. Each part of the watch features a different type of finishing; satin-brushed and polished for the case; polished for the pushers; bead blasted for the bezel, crown and pusher guards, reflecting the grained dial finish.
The Overseas Chronograph “Everest” is crafted in a 42.5 case made from a contrasting combination of titanium and steel. The grey-blue grained dial is decorated with 18K gold applied hour markers and hands. The orange chronograph hands a certain pop of colour that further adds to the overall aesthetic of the watch. The Overseas Chronograph “Everest”is powered by the automatic Calibre 5200/2 movement that houses a twin barrel with a column wheels that orchestrates the chronograph function start, stop and reset operations. Clocking in a power reserve of 52 hours, the movement is developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin.
The Overseas Dual Time “Everest” is the watch that is directly inspired by the prototype the brand had created for Cory Richards. Like its earlier version, the timepiece provides all the necessary functions that is useful to globetrotters and adventurers alike.
The watch is available in a sleek 41mm case made from a combination of titanium and steel and is powered by the in-house automatic 110 DT/2 movement – the presence of which entrusts the watch with a dual-timezone complication. This second timezone is marked by an arrow-tipped fourth orange hand on the dial that displays the original (home) time along with a matching-coloured day/night indicator. The pointer-type date display at 6 o'clock is synchronised with local time, which can be adjusted by a dedicated pusher. The two time zones at 12 o'clock can be corrected by turning the crown in either direction. All of these indicators are present on the grainy anthracite grey dial.
Both the watches are limited to 150 pieces and come strapped to a Grey Cordura® fabric with orange stitching, black nubuck leather lining and a secondary strap in grey rubber.