In keeping with this tradition, the collection now includes a chronograph in a new steel "panda" version: silver-toned, sunburst satin-finished dial, snailed black counters, black velvet-finished flange, 18K white gold hour-markers and hours, minutes, seconds and counters hands, highlighted with Super-LumiNova®.
The ‘panda’ aesthetic principle dates back to the motorsports-dedicated timepieces of the 1960s. In addition to its graphic dynamics, the light-dark contrast ensures enhanced visibility and highlights the indications provided by the chronograph function. This two-tone outline conveys a distinctive style and a powerful personality, reinforced by its three interchangeable bracelet/straps enabling the wearer to change style in a few seconds without any need for tools.
"Since their creation more than 20 years ago, Overseas chronographs have always been synonymous with exploration for the Manufacture," explains Style & Heritage Director Christian Selmoni. "These versatile timepieces combine the spirit of Haute Horlogerie characterising Vacheron Constantin with the refined sporting elegance suggested by the chronograph function. In a way, the Overseas chronographs have always marked, for the Manufacture, a desire for controlled yet subtly disruptive breakthroughs, a desire to explore other watchmaking territories and to experiment with new creative fields."