Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time, now with Black Dial

Vacheron Constantin’s Overseas family is the brand’s extravagance sports watch proposition, a very much outfitted assortment with everything from basic three-handers  to refined interminable schedules, tourbillons and chronographs . The third-age Overseas family was presented in 2016 and given its occupation as a movement watch, the presence of the Dual Time model in 2018 was a welcome expansion. The most recent Dual Time model, which we have for our involved meeting, is this dark magnificence. With a programmed produce development, an exceptionally useful dual-time work, protection from water and attraction, a meaty force save of 60 hours, running great looks, not one but rather three unique lashes, and the simplest tradable tie framework available today… the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time is pressed to the gills with assets. 

Provenance

The beginning of the extravagance sports watch has been told on many times. At the very least the head of the pack was AP’s Royal Oak of 1972 continued one after another by PP’s Nautilus in 1976 and VC’s 222 out of 1977 – the initial two planned by the legendary Gérald Genta and the 222, to agree with Vacheron’s 222nd commemoration, by Jorg Hysek. In only five years, a magistrate of the most meaningful watches in this class showed up available and have overwhelmed it ever since.

Although the 222 was suspended during the 1980s, it is viewed as the predecessor of the Overseas assortment, first presented in 1996. Without getting into the low down of the development of the 222 and the introduction of the Overseas (you can watch  Part I and Part II on the advancement of this assortment with comments by VC’s own special Christian Selmoni), the watch we are seeing today has a place with the third era Overseas family delivered in 2016.

It appeared to be odd at that point (2016) that the complication that best catches the movement soul of the Overseas family – a clear Dual Time/GMT – didn’t show up in the main bunch of Overseas watches. For voyagers, the complex Overseas World Time (with 37 time zones no less!) was the lone choice until 2018 when the Dual Time at long last made its introduction. Retailing in steel for EUR 13,000 not exactly the World Time, the Dual Time filled and fills a significant hole in the collection.

Eminently functional, GMT or dual-time watches are not only for airborne voyagers or PanAm pilots. They give indispensable data to individuals with business interests in another country or those of us with family/companions living abroad who don’t value being woken up in the center of the night.

Dynamic Case

If you were a Lilliputian, this isn’t a case you could scale effortlessly. Like all Overseas, the considerable engineering of the case is composed of stacked mathematical shapes and differentiating completes on the surfaces. With its 41mm breadth and 12.8mm thickness (weighs approx. 176g on steel wristband), there is no rejecting that this case has a commanding, virile presence radiating a dynamic, lively character. What’s more, don’t fail to remember, albeit the case size is marginally bigger and thicker than comparable models like the AP Royal Oak Dual Time, the water-obstruction of this Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time is a full 150m.

A three-layered development, the top layer is the trademark six-indented bezel (intended to inspire the arms of the brand’s emblem Maltese Cross) sitting on a round plinth, which thusly lays on the carries. Each part is adorned with an alternate completion: the bezel is cleaned; the plinth includes a roundabout silk brush, and the hauls have a vertical silk brush finish. That’s a ton of tender loving care. One thing that amazed me was the measure of light the cleaned bezel figures out how to reflect.

Crown-based functionality

User-neighborliness is an essential of a dual-time companion. Notwithstanding setting the time and winding the watch when the force hold is exhausted, the screw-down focal crown is the command community for changing the subsequent time zone and time can be moved advances or in reverse. Setting nearby and reference (home time) is totally done at the fundamental crown. When you become accustomed to the usefulness of the four diverse crown positions, it becomes more intuitive.

The second crown, situated at 4 o’clock, is really a push-piece and is utilized solely to set the date. (The watch can just record for quite a long time with 31 days so you should make manual remedies to the date five times per year.) The date hand is synchronized to nearby time, and the AM/PM hand is listed to reference/home time. Another incredible detail is the way that the reference/home time hand can be taken cover behind (nearly) the hour hand in the event that you don’t require it.

Black Beauty

The magnificence of a dark dial is its flexibility, a pragmatic decision that goes with pretty much everything in a man’s closet. It is a shading that is probably not going to leave style and confers a rich, contemporary, manly feel. Dark is likewise thinning and you’d be shocked to perceive how the dark dial of the Overseas Dual Time makes the watch look more modest and more compact than its siblings with blue and silver dials.

The clear dark lacquered dial gives an emotional and high-contrast foundation for the capacities. The enormous hour markers, produced using 18k white gold, are applied and faceted for additional profundity and volume, similar to the hour and moment hands. With regards to its capacity as a sidekick, the hour and moment hands and markers are treated with iridescent material. As frequently occurs with dark dials, the focal seconds hand can get lost on occasion. A hint of lume at the tip, perhaps?

The reference/home time hand is more limited and unmistakably noticeable with its strong red triangle-molded tip, coordinating the red-tipped hand on the AM/PM pointer. A minutes/seconds track on the spine adds a ‘exactness’ contact and an enormous date counter with a snailed foundation possesses a conspicuous situation at 6 o’clock.

DIY Interchangeable Straps

When I say that even a kid could change the lash/wristband on this watch I am not overstating. It must be the best apparatus free DIY compatible lash framework out there and the most liberally selected since the watch comes with not one, but rather three distinct alternatives. Inside the bundle of the Overseas Dual Time, you will locate a brilliant dark crocodile tie for more conventional events, a dark emblazoned elastic tie for sports and a viable hardened steel arm band permitting you to change the vibe of this watch in a moment or two. The steel arm band – additionally motivated by the Maltese cross  – is wonderfully hand-got done with glossy silk brushed outside surfaces and cleaned internal features. The wristband additionally has an in-constructed expansion framework allowing you to adjust it to your wrist size that can grow in the warmth and agreement in chilly climate. No detail is ignored and an additional triple-edge collapsing catch is accommodated the elastic and cowhide straps.

In-house type 5100 DT

Visible through a sapphire caseback, type 5100DT depends on Vacheron’s most recent age of programmed developments (5100) with an extra time zone and AM/PM pointer. Estimating 30.6mm x 6mm thick, the development is controlled by a 22k gold wavering weight enriched with a breeze rose and sandblasted, cleaned and grained completes, as you would anticipate from a watch bearing the Hallmark of Geneva confirmation. Type 5100 DT (dual time) has 234 components and is fitted with Vacheron’s in-house balance spring running at 4Hz with a force save of 60 hours.

The spans are additionally pleasantly adorned with thick Côtes de Genève stripes. Notwithstanding being water-impervious to 150 meters, the watch has a delicate iron packaging ring guaranteeing against attractive security to 25,000 A/m.

Thoughts

The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time has a great deal taking the plunge and is genuinely an attractive, hearty travel watch. With amazing water and attractive obstruction alongside its strong 60-hour power hold, this watch won’t allow you to down. The 41mm case is awesome, immaculately completed and with its cleaned bezel mirroring the light, it will get you taken note. The dark dial has an effect and compared to different models at present accessible looks less fatty, more keen and more distinguished.

User-cordiality is acceptable, despite the fact that having found the hyper-straightforward pushers on the Porsche Design Globetimer watch to set neighborhood time in one-hour increases, I discover the crown-based usefulness somewhat less easy to use. And afterward I have a small issue with the AM/PM marker. For a capacity that is significant yet not essential, it appears to be lopsidedly huge and its even tendency implies that it eats into the hour marker at 9 o’clock. Would it look better in a less meddling upstanding position? What do you think?

Price and availability

The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time ref. 7900V/110A-B546 is certifiably not a restricted release and will retail for EUR 24,400. More data at vacheron-constantin.com .