everything you wanted to know about the new Overseas and dared to ask

Dear Loungers,

I'm preparing an interview with Christian Selmoni VC Artistic Director and Vincent Kauffmann Head of Design on the new Overseas. So please post all the questions you would like me to ask them.


Re: Question about the new strap
01/29/2016 - 11:09

Hi Alex,


Thanks for the opportunity to ask Christian and Vincent about the new Overseas. 

I would like to know more about the clasp component of the new strap:

I notice a clever and stealthy sliding mechanism on the clasp instead of buttons?

The buttons on the clasp of the previous strap were prone to "popping off" (this happened to mine twice as the attached picture shows), and requires a complete replacement of the buckle and clasp.  Does the new design fix this problem?

How does the  new clasp work?

Can the new clasp be fitted to the previous strap?

Many thanks!

Best regards


First came to my mind
01/29/2016 - 11:59

Thanks Alex for this opportunity and thanks in advance to Christian and Vincent for their time and answers.

1When did you exactly conceive the maltese motif for the bracelet? Any anecdote about it?2Have you thought of bringing back the maltese cross on the carrure, like in the 222? If so, why you then decided not to use it?3Was the flange below the maltese cross motif of the bezel useful to reduce case size?4Will an ultra-thin date in steel, with cal. 1121, be released? Will it be called 262?5Bracelet's links seem disconnected to the case, creating a sense of discontinuity between these parts (that's what I've heard by several collectors). What led you to adopt this solution? Is it due to the new bracelet's interchangeable feature? Was it an unavoidable compromise?6Maltese cross represents the 8 beatitudes but the new maltese cross motif is made by just 6 arms. Did simbology (religious matters excluded) ever play a role as a source of inspiration?7Why did you choose the Amerigo Vespucci to adorn OS Gen2 caseback and why you didn't for OS Gen3?8Have you ever though of a guilloché dial with the maltese cross motif?



Design question
01/29/2016 - 16:55

How did the design brief evolve from Gen I, II, and now III and was the 222 always part of the recipe?  I can just picture the office wall with dozens of inspirational images and objects scattered about; can you share some of these?

Movement question
01/29/2016 - 17:06

The 5200 chronograph caliber may rightfully be considered the star but I'm very interested in the 5100 time-only as well.  What was the order of priorities for this new movement (conforming with Seal of Geneva criteria, timekeeping stablility, ease of service, long power reserve, modular adaptability, robustness, etc.) and how well were they achieved?  Did some ideas not make it through prototype testing?

Here are mine:
01/29/2016 - 17:37

Calibre 5100:

- This will probably become the entry point for many wishing to own a VC, which means it will be made in greater numbers as compared to other VC movements. Given this, how durable is this movement? 

- Also, what are the major differences between 5100 and 2450 (time only with date used in Patrimony)?

- Was it necessary to develop a completely new automatic for the new OS, rather than just use the 2450? 

Calibre 5200:

- Why is the position of the date windon between 4 and 5? Was there a technical reason as to why this could not have been put at 12?

Calibre 5300:

- Any plans of using this calibre on a men's model in the future?


Why launch these two versions with the above three now? Does'nt this sort of overshadow the above, especially the 5100, which are the new in-house movements?



Re: everything you wanted to know about the new Overseas and dared to ask
01/30/2016 - 21:56

Thank you for arranging this.

I would also like to know the reasoning for replacing the beautiful big date at 12 with the crooked little aperture at 4:30 on the Chrono. It ruins the symmetry, it is not very readable,  and it cheapens the watch. This is not just my opinion, I have read dozens of comments in other watch sites about the new date, and not a single person thinks this is an improvement. 

But perhaps there is something we are all missing, and once Mr Kauffmann explains why this decision was made it will all make sense. Or if there is no good reason, I hope that VC come to their senses and quickly update the watch with this mistake rectified.

Sorry for coming across so negative but I feel quite strongly about this. This is a watch that I had been patiently waiting for since VC first announced that they were working on (I think Alex you had mentioned it back in 2008), and now because of this one thing I have more or less ruled out getting it.


PS Here you can see some other people's views - pretty much unanimous in this matter:




Why on earth ...
01/30/2016 - 22:19

this date???

(a hint the long awaited THL edition without date, or the ultra-thin in SS?!)


When will the steel ultra thin be available? What dial will it have?
01/31/2016 - 17:36

And the question everyone wants answering.. "Do they wear hats?" At least an update, since we may already have some limited initial insights in to this important area of exploration.



Question about ultra-thin
02/01/2016 - 05:11

Thank you for providing opportunity.

The first time I saw new ultra-thin, I considered it as "Homage to 222".

However close look has made me think that it doesn't necessary have same charactors with 222

(for example, new ultra-thin doesn't have calender).

I would like to question designer the relation 222 and new ultra-thin.



Re: everything you wanted to know about the new Overseas and dared to ask
02/09/2016 - 19:42

I don't know if it's too late now after many days from your post.

But if it's not, I'd like to know if the Dual Time model would also be available this new Overseas line.

I have an eye on the Gen 2 Overseas Dual Time, but if the Gen 3 will have it too, I'd probably wait.

Thank you very much.