Not officially being unveiled until later this month, we have a first-look at the new, patented Vacheron Constantin World Time Overseas watch, and we give you seven reasons why this watch should be on your must-have list. From its looks to its technical mastery, the World Time Overseas is destined to be a collector’s dream.
To begin with, the watch is the modern-day travel accompaniment – without a doubt. So, here are the three top reasons you want to get to stores this August when it arrives and check it out in person.
- The watch marks the first time the Overseas has a World Time watch in the line. The Overseas (first unveiled as a luxury sport watch in 1977 after being designed by Jorg Hysek) collection has always had a sporty chic appeal, and this new World Time is right at home in that playing field. The 43.5mm beauty is crafted in stainless steel and offered with a choice of blue, silver or brown dial. It tells the time in the world’s 37 zones, including those that are offset by 30-minute and 15-minute increments.
- It is powered by a Manufacture-made, patented movement. The caliber 2460 WT is self-winding, consists of 255 parts and features a new pink gold rotor whose design is inspired by the compass rose. The 255-part movement, beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour, and offers 40 hours of power reserve. While it has a transparent sapphire caseback, it is, nonetheless, water resistant to 150 meters and anti-magnetic. You can read more about the making of this watch in our article on Haute Time.
- The complex dial actually consists of three parts that are super imposed to offer all of the information in a clean and sophisticated easy-to-read manner. The center bears a map of the oceans and continents, while the outer ring holds the city names. A third sapphire disk offers day/night indication and is coordinated to work in tandem with the 24-hour disk.
- Like all of the other new Overseas watches, the World Time is equipped with a new bracelet featuring an easy-fit system that allows for interchangeable straps. It is sold with a bracelet, a rubber and an alligator strap (except for the women’s 18-karat rose gold version, which is sold with a rubber and alligator strap or with the solid 18-karat rose gold bracelet). The interchangeable strap system has a patent pending.
- It carries the Geneva Seal – attesting to the brand’s quality craftsmanship. The watch marks the beginning of the brand’s journey to make all of its watches Geneva Seal holders.
- It is being unveiled in a spectacular manner – complete with an exhibition of world photos taken by famed photographer Steve McCurry. Vacheron Constantin hired McCurry to travel to a dozen locations around the globe to capture the world sites in his own unique perspective. You can read a lot more about McCurrry’s work with Vacheron Constantin and read an exclusive interview with him on our Perfect Timing column on Forbes.com.
- The price for a complex World Time watch is pretty spectacular: $37,000.