Introduced in 1996, the Overseas design by Vacheron Constantin instantly made its mark with utter distinction, quickly winning recognition as one of the most accomplished timepieces in its class. Its crisp, stylish lines and functional efficiency compose a powerful personality that sets a unchallenged standard for timekeeping excellence.
In 2004, updated with a variety of discreet yet significant features, a new Overseas generation appeared. It both perpetuated its predecessor’s unique character and confirmed the design’s enduring relevance. Wedding dependable sturdiness to understated elegance, the new design fully reaffirmed the Overseas’ sporting spirit.
Impeccably functional in every respect, the Overseas design sealed an alliance between superlative watchmaking and the spirit of the age. The new generation naturally perpetuates the inspired blend of technology and aesthetics born in 1996, this time with even more smoothly flowing lines and dimensions increased by a few millimeters for all three versions – chronograph, man’s and woman’s models.
Its construction underscores the Overseas’ coolly assertive personality. A sturdy case in the finest stainless steel expresses the design’s confirmed resilience. Its bezel, featuring a Maltese cross pattern derived from the make’s long-standing symbol, and case back are screwed tightly to the frame, compressing numerous water tightness gaskets so as to provide efficient protection against moisture and the minutest particles of foreign matter. This constructional approach provides full water resistance to 150 meters (approx. 500 feet) for the man’s and chronograph models and 50 meters (nearly 165 feet) for the woman’s. Screw-locked setting crowns and chronograph push pieces complete the watches’ external protection systems.
Inside the case, the movement benefits from equally efficient protection. Mechanical or quartz, every Overseas movement is totally shielded by a soft-iron antimagnetic screen. The latter prevents today’s innumerable magnetic fields from affecting the movement’s rate and precision.
Totally redesigned for ergonomic excellence, the new Overseas bracelet provides unprecedented suppleness and comfort on the wrist. Easy to adjust, it comes with a newly designed three-ply invisible clasp with twin safety catch. The exclusive design of its links and its meticulous finish give the bracelet its arresting good looks that enhance the play of light along its entire length. Featuring an exclusive decor, Overseas dials and hands are coated with a luminescent substance for optimum legibility at all times.
This Overseas generation comes in three versions, all in fine stainless steel dress. The case’s screw-secured back bears the collection emblem, a sailing ship carved directly into the metal – a discreet invitation to explore endless horizons and distant shores.
Overseas Chronograph: Expressing its sleekly functional elegance in alternately gloss-polished and satin-finished steel, the Overseas chronograph case’s 42-mm diameter opens on a broad, easy-to-read dial. Providing a power reserve of 40 hours, its caliber 1137 selfwinding mechanical movement comprises the carefully selected and meticulously finished components that are the hallmark of all Vacheron Constantin movements. A soft-iron antimagnetic screen shields the movement from magnetic perturbations.
Overseas For Women: Ideally sized for today’s woman, this Overseas case, water-resistant to 50 meters (nearly 165 feet), measures 34 mm across. With alternating gloss-polished and satin-finished steel surfaces, its aesthetically assertive styling is available with a choice of dials.
Chronograph: V.C. 1137 selfwinding mechanical caliber entirely protected by asoft-iron antimagnetic screen.
Man’s model: V.C. 1126/1 selfwinding mechanical caliber entirely protected by a soft-iron antimagnetic screen.
Woman’s model: V.C. 1207 quartz caliber entirely protected by a soft-iron antimagnetic screen.
Cal. 1137: 6,60 mm
Cal. 1126/1: 3.25 mm
Cal. 1207: 2.25 mm
Cal. 1137: 11 1/2’’’ : Ø 26.00 mm
Cal. 1126/1: 11 1/2’’’: Ø 26.00 mm
Cal. 1207: 8 1/4’’’: Ø 18.4 mm
Cal. 1137: 21,600 v.p.h.
Cal. 1126/1: 28,800 v.p.h.
Caliber 1207: quartz
Chronograph: hours, minutes and seconds; totalizers to 30 minutes and 12 hours; oversized date calendar at 12 o’clock on the dial.
Man’s model: hours, minutes and seconds; date-calendar aperture at 4:30 on the dial.
Woman’s model: hours and minutes; date-calendar aperture at 4:30 on the dial.
316L stainless steel
Chronograph and Man’s model: to 150 meters (approx. 500 feet)
Woman’s model: to 50 meters (nearly 165 feet)
316 stainless steel; half-Maltese-cross link shape
Three-ply stainless steel with twin safety-catch pushpieces
Designed to the finest and latest standards of functional performance, every version of the new Overseas design incorporates efficient protection against magnetic hazards. Whether its movement is mechanical or quartz electronic, an Overseas will thus retain its exceptional precision unaffected by the numerous magnetic fields found everywhere today.
Every version of the new Overseas is totally encapsulated with a three-part, soft-iron antimagnetic screen. The magnetic protection standard adopted by Vacheron Constantin ranks among watch-making’s most stringent, providing a dependable shield against potential magnetic perturbations and ensuring in this way that it maintains a reliably regular operating rate.
The exceptional protection against magnetic fields built into the new Overseas generation has its roots in the Vacheron Constantin company’s longstanding interest in protecting timepieces against such hazards, as befits the world’s oldest full-fledged watch manufacturer in uninterrupted operation since its foundation in 1755. In 1846, the Geneva-based company was the first to devise a watch impervious to magnetic influence by fitting it with a balance spring, balance wheel and lever crafted in a special bronze alloy. Its watchmakers tested palladium balance springs in 1862, the year that saw Vacheron Constantin join the Association for Research into Nonmagnetic Materials.
Vacheron Constantin’s interest in the design of watches capable of resisting magnetic fields continued throughout the 20th century. Building on its reputation, its watchmakers designed and, from 1954 to 1959, built a chronometer so resistant to magnetic fields that it was the wrist instrument of choice for many knowledgeable engineers in electrotechnics. Fitted inside a round case with screwed-in back and watertight push-pieces, its 13-line movement beating at 18,800 v.p.h. was protected by a soft-iron hood shielding it from magnetic fields.
CODE NAME: 222
Launched in 1975, the Chronomètre Royal wristwatch design foreshadowed the development of a genuinely sport-tempered dress watch, available in stainless steel as well as in yellow and in white gold. Fitted with a screwed-in case back for dependable water resistance to 30 meters (~ 100 feet) and equipped with a proprietary movement entirely assembled, finished and adjusted by hand, the design embodied a full measure of the reliability and sturdiness that underpin Vacheron Constantin’s constructional quality standards.
It was, however, in 1977, with the launch of a model that was to make history that Vacheron Constantin signalled it had definitely established itself the upper reaches of sports watches. Its code name, “222”, referred to the fact that the watch marked the 222nd anniversary of the company’s foundation. This code name masks a heart of gold: a caliber 1121 movement driven by its rotor in 21K gold, an extra-thin self-winding design with shock protection. Born from the heart of the matter, noblest steel or purest gold, the 222 is entirely crafted by hand. Exclusive in form and function, it is designed for those who confront the realities of today.”
Clean lines, serrated bezel, distinctive bracelet and utterly functional construction – all features that confirm the design precedents linking today’s Overseas with the Vacheron Constantin timepieces which in 1951, 1975 and again in 1977 foreshadowed its own development.
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