If we had to pick a single watch from among the Vacheron Constantin new arrivals in this issue of Watches and Wonders under the theme of “LESS’ENTIAL”, for us that watch would have to be the new Overseas Retrograde Date.
The new Vacheron Constantin Overseas Retrograde Date is a complete debut in the Overseas collection, whose main highlight is its semi-circular display that provides the date aided by an extra hand.
As with the Patrimony collection, the new Overseas uses the In-House automatic movement Caliber 2460 R31L that comes with the retrograde date complication which, as we explained in the paragraph above, uses a display of almost 180º through which a pointer provides the date throughout the month, which returns to the initial position whenever the month ends, aided by the jumping mechanism.
The watch features a blue lacquered dial with sunbrush and satin finish, which in addition to the retrograde date display between 9 and 3 o’clock, adds a moon-phase aperture at 6 o’clock that will not require any adjustment for the next 122 years, applied hour indexes and pencil hands all filled with luminescent material.
On the outside, the latest Overseas sports a stainless steel case measuring 41mm in diameter and 10.48mm thick, a bezel in the shape of the Maltese cross, sapphire glass on the front and on the caseback, crown with the brand’s signature at 3 o’clock and 50m water resistance. The watch is offered on a steel bracelet matching the case, with a triple-blade folding clasp.
Finally, it should be noted that the new 27-jewel Caliber, which operates at 28,800 Vph and offers up to 40 hours of power reserve, is the result of more than 3 years of work.