BY JOVAN KRSTEVSKI
SIHH 2019 was an interesting event for Vacheron Constantin. Where on one end of the spectrum the brand refreshed its (dare I say) basic Fifty Six collection by introducing a new Petrol blue colorway, on the other end it showcased some really cool cutting edge tech in the form of the Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar. But amidst all this, the luxury watch brand also released another attractive watch, the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon, which happens to be the very first Overseas watch to feature a tourbillon.
The Overseas collection comprises some great looking everyday sports watches and is Vacheron’s answer to Audemars Piguet’s famous Royal Oak. While both the watches revolve around the same concept they definitely have their own individual identities. The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon carries forward the unique design language that defines the Overseas collection. Having a diameter of 42.5mm the stainless steel case of this watch is a nice mix of brushed and polished surfaces and features a nice angular mid case with a Maltese cross inspired bezel on top to complete the signature look of this watch.
The dial on the Overseas Tourbillon has a layered architecture and has been rendered in a beautiful shade of blue with a sunburst finish. Starting from the top you have a sloped chapter ring which houses the minute markings. This is then strangely followed by another minute chapter ring which also accommodates the lume filled applied hour markers at intervals of 5. And finally set a tad below the large aperture at 6 which gives a nice view of what makes this watch truly special, the tourbillon.
Powering this watch is the new in-house tourbillon caliber 2160, which features automatic winding via a peripheral rotor and offers a massive 80-hour power reserve. While the front of the movement is truly stunning courtesy of the tourbillon, thanks to the peripheral winding system, the sapphire window at the back also gives an unobtrusive view of the beautifully decorated movement.
While the idea of a tourbillon inside a sports watch might not sound good, the Vacheron Constantin Tourbillon looks great and adds an extra dose of exclusivity to the Overseas collection. The watch would retail at a price of $103,000 and would come equipped with a stainless steel bracelet along with an extra rubber and alligator strap. Visit Vacheron Constantin here.