The Manual Wind: A Vacheron Constantin World Time Meant for a World Traveler
It is often that the guest of honor arrives late to the party. This year at the SIHH watch show, Vacheron Constantin introduced their updated Overseas line of timepieces. These newly designed Overseas, with a sleeker look and new movements, debuted in a chronograph and time/date model. What could be more fitting than for a watch named the Overseas to debut in its latest complication, the world-time. This classic complication is produced by many watch houses but it is rare to see it in this versatile setting.
Slightly larger than the other new overseas, the world-time measures 43.5mm in diameter. A case and bracelet of stainless steel, this Vacheron is truly a high end sport watch. A single screw down crown operates the time as well as the world-time function. Water resistant to 150m, this is the first world time I have seen that can be labeled the true travelers world time. On the dial are the names of 37 cities laid out in a surprisingly legible fashion avoiding the potential clutter this complication can bring. Blue, silver, and brown dials offer different contrast giving each piece a different personality. To accompany the quick release system for easy strap change, each piece comes with both rubber and crocodile straps.
Vacheron Constantin has thought of everything on this one. They have truly created a watch that is the ultimate high end travel timepiece. The ability to change from bracelet to straps, tell time in 37 time zones, and still have the wearability of a steel sport watch is unique. Other world timers have come before it but none as travel worthy. To obtain the Vachron Constantin Overseas World Time you will have to wait until after summer travel season, but that will give you enough time to save up $37,000.