And now onto what is easily one of the best-looking releases from Watches & Wonders, Vacheron Constantin’s new Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Skeleton watch. The watch is all solid gold, and with plenty of Haute Horlogerie on display, it’s bound to cause a stir. Mood.
Believe it or not, very little has changed in the engine bay of this timepiece. The calibre 1120 QPSQ/1 is similar to the 1120 QP/1 found in the “regular” Overseas watches, except for the adjustments that are needed for a skeleton movement such as a new rotor and more finishing. A skeleton movement bears all to the world; there is no place to hide when nearly all of it is on show, so it has to be 100% perfect.
And 100% perfect it is, I love the looks of this new piece. You can get it on either a blue leather strap, a blue rubber strap or the full rapper-spec solid 18k gold bracelet. Speaking of, the watch comes in full pink gold and measures 41.5mm x 8.1mm in total. It’s water-resistant to 50m, too.
There’s plenty of detail on this watch to get excited about. For example, the moonphase disk at 6 O’clock has some of the constellations etched onto it. The indications for the date, month and day of the week are printed onto what appears to be sapphire crystal rings that have been given a frosted finish and have been fastened in such a way so that they appear to float.
Should this watch overtake the Overseas tourbillon as the new top dog in the Overseas collection? From a design standpoint, I believe it should, and the engineering is fantastic too, so good it’s been awarded the Geneva Seal. The price of this one is listed on Vacheron Constantin’s website as ‘on request’, luckily, we’re able to reveal to you that it’s $115,000 and while not a limited edition it will be limited by the speed they can make them.