After a steel version in 2019, the Overseas tourbillon model now appears attired in 18K 5N pink gold. A tourbillon, a blue lacquered dial with a sunburst satin finish and a interchangeable bracelet/strap system accompany this material that is both refined and modern – two principles deeply cherished by the Maison. This new model, presented at Watches & Wonders 2021, is part of the theme of the Maison for 2021 : entitled Classic with a Twist, it highlights Vacheron Constantin’s creative energy, guided by an identity that celebrates a heritage and dares to deliver the unexpected.
This new pink gold version highlights more than 265 years of watchmaking tradition passed on from generation to generation within the workshops of the Manufacture. It testifies to the care devoted by the Maison to producing extremely complicated watches with unfailing care for technical detail and reliability – as exemplified in calibre 2160, an ultra-thin tourbillon movement measuring just 5.65 mm thick.
The spirit of travel
The 18K 5N pink gold Overseas tourbillon is driven by the spirit of travel, inherited from one of Vacheron Constantin’s founders. The Maison had its eye on far horizons right from the start, establishing a presence on four continents by the 18th century and nurturing its expansion by travelling to different parts of the world and making landmark encounters throughout its history. Building on the strength of this dynamic, the Manufacture constantly evolves its models in line with its customers' requirements, such as this new version of the Overseas tourbillon model embodying a modern lifestyle that is resolutely open to the world.
A sporty and elegant design
This new Overseas tourbillon timepiece exudes elegance in every situation. Its sleekly sophisticated design stems from the dynamic and harmonious lines of its 18K 5N pink gold case and its hexagonal bezel suggesting the shape of the Maltese cross. The precious 42.5 mm case frames an emblematic blue lacquered dial with a sunburst satin finish reflecting a resolutely urban spirit. In addition to its deep hue specifically developed for the collection, it is distinguished by the richness of its details: a sunburst finish accentuated by elegant light effects, 18K 5N pink gold hour-markers and hands, all beautifully matching the interchangeable bracelet/straps. The watch can be worn as desired with a 18K 5N pink gold bracelet or a strap in blue calfskin leather or blue rubber. The leather and rubber straps each come with an 18K 5N pink gold pin buckle. No tools are required for these smooth and easy swaps. This simple and reliable interchangeability concept developed by the Maison enables a true sense of controlled originality.
The quest for excellence driving the Maison’s watchmakers makes them clearly aware of the imperatives that a calibre must meet. Technical mastery and extreme precision are the common denominators of this timepiece, whose rotating tourbillon cancels out the effects of the Earth's gravity. Above and beyond the sophistication of this ultra-thin movement comprising 188 components housed within a 5.65 mm-thick space, the spirit of the collection is pragmatically expressed through a comfortable 80-hour power reserve and the useful presence of a small seconds on the tourbillon carriage.
Technical mastery is also evident in the calibre's finishes. In addition to the openworked tourbillon carriage, the latter features a bar whose delicate hand-chamfering requires nearly 12 hours of work on this component alone. On the caseback side, the 22K gold peripheral oscillating weight – adorned with motifs inspired by the Maltese cross – not only enhances the thickness of the movement, but also enables one to admire the beauty of the traditionally-finished components.
Classic with a Twist
Vacheron Constantin’s creativity has always remained closely attuned to its time while evoking its memories. This byword for elegance, adopted by each watchmaker, artisan and designer throughout the years and centuries, celebrates heritage and dares to explore the unexpected. Poised at the intersection between technical virtuosity and aesthetic refinement, the enduring allure of Vacheron Constantin timepieces makes its way unscathed through passing eras. Because timelessness cannot be achieved merely by complying with the canons of traditional watchmaking, each creation is tinged with a touch of boldness revealed in the smallest details. Special displays, offset indications, specific chamfering of all components, hand-crafted finishing and the complexity of a mechanism are just a few examples of this expertise. The result is a very personal field of expression where technique and style converge in a subtle harmony between the conventional and the atypical.
Dedicated to travelers, the Overseas tourbillon model in its new 18K 5N pink gold case is perfectly in tune with the times. It embodies modernity and technical excellence with its ultra-thin calibre 2160 tourbillon movement, which cultivates attention to detail expressed through every aspect of its finishing. Its three easily interchangeable bracelet/straps – in pink gold, calfskin leather and rubber – make this a watch suited to every occasion.
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding, peripheral rotor
31 mm (13½’’’) diameter, 5.65 mm thick
Approximately 80 hours of power reserve
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations per hour)
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece
Indications Hours, minutes, small seconds on tourbillon carriage (coloured screw)
Case 18K 5N pink gold
42.5 mm diameter, 10.39 mm thick
Soft iron casing ring ensuring anti-magnetic protection
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistant tested at a pressure of 5 bar (approx. 50 metres)
Dial Translucent blue-lacquered, sunburst satin-finished base with velvet
18K 5N pink gold hour-markers and hours & minutes hands
highlighted with Super-LumiNova®
Bracelet 18K 5N pink gold bracelet (half Maltese cross-shaped polished and
satin-brushed links), secured by a 18K 5N pink gold triple-blade
folding clasp with push-pieces and comfort-adjustment system
Additional straps Blue calfskin leather with grey stitches
Buckles Each additional strap comes with an 18K 5N pink gold buckle