Exclusive: SIHH 2016 Overseas - Calibre 5100

This is from the press release but watch this space for full specs and live photos coming soon



Overseas – Calibre 5100 

Hours, minutes, seconds, date: this Overseas model displays essential functions with an aura of natural distinction. Nestled in a 41 mm-diameter case in stainless steel or 18K pink gold, the new Calibre 5100 entirely designed, developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin is composed of 172 parts. It beats at the rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour and is endowed with a comfortable more than 60-hour power reserve guaranteed by its twin barrels (ensuring the constancy of the torque delivered to the regulating organ). The transparent screwed-down caseback reveals the precious 22K gold oscillating weight adorned with a wind rose. This timepiece certified by the Hallmark of Geneva adopts a sunburst blue or silver-toned dial, swept over by gold luminescent hands and hour-markers. Anti-magnetic thanks to the soft iron ring surrounding its movement and water-resistant to 150 metres, this model lends itself to all occasions with its three interchangeable bracelet/straps: a stainless steel bracelet with an easy-fit sizing system; as well as two straps in rubber and leather respectively. The latter are supplied with an equally adjustable stainless steel folding clasp. The pink gold version is fitted with a leather strap and comes with a second rubber strap as well as an interchangeable pink gold folding clasp.

I really like this with Blue dial. What is the thickness of the case? I need
01/18/2016 - 05:43

to see live and better pictures of this.

If this is not too thick, I can imagine myself owning this. 

I am not to familiar with the older 222 series, but it seems the shape of this new OS collection a bit inspired by that.


What is the price of the Blue version? Also what are the dimensions of
01/18/2016 - 15:58

this piece? In particular the thickness of the case.

Live pics please.

This is a winner for me. I think I would really like to consider this one.

Way inspired by 222
01/18/2016 - 17:26

Ms. Lee, from marketing, even said so.  Sorry for the horrible picture, but it is very thin.  I believe this is the profile on the right.  The left is the QP, if you can believe that.

(Sorry for the weird rotation, I didn't do that.  It is the one in the upper right of the frame.). It is gorgeous in person.

A (poorly shot) family photo
01/19/2016 - 08:11

Here is an interesting family. The gen one automatic date (Dan's), the gen 2 dual-time (mine) and the new automatic date (Alex's on loan to Roberto). We tried to get Roberto's 222 back for the shot, but Alex would not part with it. 

Also, pardon the bread crumbs - our enthusiasm got the better of our composition  

A (poorly shit) family photo

Re: A (poorly shot) family photo
01/19/2016 - 09:32

Nice family photo.

Based on this picture alone, I still prefer the case and bracelet of the 2nd gen. 

The magic of the Gen 3 is really the USER interchangeable strap system
01/22/2016 - 13:54

There is obviously a new in-house movement, which is the biggest technical change with the OS.

But from an aesthetics/external look and use of the watch...the abiility to easily change between the bracelet, alligator and rubber strap are what really set it apart from the previous generations.

Yes, Gen 2 offered interchangeable straps, but having to deal with the pin needed to secure the strap really required (for a vast majority of people) a watchmaker to make the change.  This limited how often one would actually want to change the strap.

Plan A
03/26/2016 - 10:29

This is exactly the watch I want to get. My OS1 face is one I'd miss, and I am very happy to see that I can keep the same face and get a blue background as well.

Plan A

While having the option of several bracelets is nice, I'll not be diving with a watch like this (no rubber necessary), and the leather will be for formal occasions if my 1972 or Patek are unavailable. Also, I like the plain face with no numbers, but I do wish they had left the Maltese cross at the 12 o'clock where they've added a tick marker and shrunk the cross to a tiny one. Conflicted about the sailing ship engraving on the back. I will definitely miss the ship, but the half compass-rose and the view window to see the 5100 is a very nice addition. Also, I like the idea of having a fully developed Vacheron Constantin 5100  ébauche rather than the 1310 based on the Girard-Perregaux 3100. A slightly bigger watch (41mm vs 37) is a plus, but I think 41mm is about as wide as I'd like to go.