Exclusive: SIHH 2016 Overseas Chronograph - Calibre 5200


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



Overseas Chronograph – Calibre 5200


The Overseas Chronograph watch bearing the Hallmark of Geneva is equipped with Calibre 5200, the new self-winding chronograph movement developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin. The result of a five-year development process, this 263-component calibre is fitted with a column wheel coordinating the chronograph start, stop and reset functions, as well as a vertical coupling clutch preventing any jerking of the hand when the chronograph starts. A signature feature of new Vacheron Constantin chronographs, the column wheel is adorned with a screw shaped like the Manufacture’s signature Maltese cross emblem. This movement is equipped with a twin barrel enhancing its torque and its reliability while ensuring over 50 hours of power reserve. Protected from magnetic fields by a soft iron ring, it powers the hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph and date indications. These functions are all displayed on a silver-toned or blue dial adorned with sunburst, snailed and velvety finishes. The gold facetted hands and hour-markers hands are coated with a luminescent material ensuring optimal readability.

The Overseas Chronograph comes in a stainless steel or 18K pink gold 42.5 mm-diameter case. Its screwed-down pushpieces, crown and caseback guarantee water-resistance to 150 metres, while its transparent back reveals a 22K gold oscillating weight adorned with a wind rose. The new stainless steel models are each delivered with three interchangeable bracelet/straps: a steel bracelet with an easy-fit system, along with rubber and leather straps. The two latter are fitted with an equally interchangeable stainless steel folding clasp. The pink gold model comes with two straps: one in leather and the other in rubber, both fitted with an interchangeable pink gold folding clasp. 

01/19/2016 - 01:46
I am sure the movement is awesome. But I think I still prefer the aesthetic
01/18/2016 - 05:51

of the older version.

Also, not too happy with the date positioning on this one.

But lets wait for other better live pictures, especially your annual Personal Story.

Re: Exclusive: SIHH 2016 Overseas Chronograph - Calibre 5200
01/18/2016 - 11:40

At last we find the Overseas series finally upgraded with in-house movements.

I am not well-versed regardign the pros and cons of the chrono mov't design but, off the bat, I can appreciate the longer power reserve, the stability provided by the vertical clutch (no jerking), and the transparent caseback (with anti-magnetic protection).

It is a shame that the oversize date could not be accomodated in the new design.  The current positioning of the date reminds me of other similar offerings from rival brands....

One thing that I am very happy with (and wished my first edition Overseas had) is the interchangeable bracelet and straps.  This really opens up the possibilities for dressing up and down, and dressing for the occasion/seasons. Kudos to VC!

Kazumi devil


I second your sentiments, my friend! Live scans please, Alex!!!!
01/18/2016 - 14:14


I can offer some poorly photographed ones...
01/18/2016 - 17:37

I was at raid of getting drool on my iPhone.  It is gorgeous. Truly, it is. More evocative of the 222 aesthetic for sure. And that movement is something else.

the bracelet is micro adjustable up to 4mm with no tools for when you want to get it looser in the summer. 

Also, sorry for the rotation of the photos - it was not me. 

Re: Exclusive: SIHH 2016 Overseas Chronograph - Calibre 5200
01/18/2016 - 13:37

I was really looking forward to this, by far my most anticipated watch for many years. The movement specifications sound really good, so well done to VC. And they also addressed the asymmetric sub dials that were bugging a lot of people.

But why did they replace the big date with the crooked date window at 4-5 markers? The big date was one of the most distinguishing features of this watch. The diagonal dates always seem like an afterthought which kind of ruins the aesthetics and symmetry. I don't understand why VC did it when they had a much better solution already in place.


Re: Exclusive: SIHH 2016 Overseas Chronograph - Calibre 5200
01/18/2016 - 17:28

IMO the dial is to busy and I personally liked the larger minute subdial...easier to read. I also prefer the date at 12:00, sticking it between 4 and 5 looks awkward. The ability to swap bracelets and straps is nice and the clear caseback is interesting. 




I had an opportunity to talk to Dominique about magnetism
01/18/2016 - 17:39

He said the market really wanted sapphire and they had lengthy debates.  Then, they did magnetism testing and found out it was almost a non-factor.  It is the hips of the case, he said, where magnetism has the greatest effect. He said that the tests were nearly identical with the gen 2 versions with the solid case back.

Re: Exclusive: SIHH 2016 Overseas Chronograph - Calibre 5200
01/18/2016 - 17:38

Dear Alex,


Many thanks for the pictures of the new OS.

The backside seems really nice and good looking. The strenght of anti-magnetic and 150m was kept. Well done.

The calibre 5200 might be another one for me to buy a new model.


I have to admit that I also find it a shame the the date has been moved from 12 o´clock.

Further to this, I miss my ship on the back already and the nice guilloche from the black and white dial of the former model.

But this may be something for the next years. 

Best regards and I hope you have enough time to enjoy the SIHH.


Great job and lot of winners in this Overseas range !
01/18/2016 - 21:19

1-Design: nicely done, it's more "VC" than before, I don't know how to explain it, but it goes a bit away from traditionnal "Genta" style (I know I know the overseas and 222 weren't...). It's more voluptuous smiley , it really has something of VC DNA. Keeping the Gorgeous bracelet design was a must. Kudos to the design team.

2- Calibers: yes ! Great job, more coherence with other VCs offers. (I would have liked a bit more open view but that's a detail). The two first points brings a lot of coherence to VC offer, it's much better, the Overseas was a bit on a side.

3-Comparison: like always there will be comparison with others, I think that VC landed some winners. The two ultra thin look drop dead gorgeous, the one in white gold with that grey/brown dial and blue details !!! And the ultra thin QP !!!

the chronograph and three hands look also fantastic. My only doubt is how will it look and compare in real? the pressphotos are always a p.. in the a.. , they show nothing in comparison to real photos. Especially on the dial, the two other have very special and specific dial, this one seems more pure, but is it too simple? I don't know, without real photos, impossible to say.

Again Kudos for that newoverseas, it's still an overseas, it still has the most beautiful bracelet on the market, it's more "Vacheron" and it's all in house calibers. What else? :) Cheers Francois

New design choices
01/19/2016 - 01:46

I've been waiting for this for a long time but am a bit disappointed. The watch of course looks good, but it really looks a lot more like my Royal Oak Chronograph. Not that it is bad, but I've always thought that the 12:00 date window was so iconic for VC.

Everything else seems like a step in the right direction (in house movement, excellent WR, antimagnetic, sapphire caseback, easy change straps, and a micro-adjusting clasp).

Re: Exclusive: SIHH 2016 Overseas Chronograph - Calibre 5200
01/19/2016 - 09:26

Is the blue dial the same lacquered blue from the previous generation OS?

The rotor design is very nice but I don't think it is necessary to have 2 minute markers (on the inner and outer dial). 

I do not believe the previous blue dials were lacquered?
01/22/2016 - 14:03

My blue dial Gen 1 is the same blue used in Gen 2, and that one is not laquered.

The new blue is even nicer, IMO, than the previous blue.  Depending on the ligthing, the laquer gives the dial a shine and a subtle, two-tone ,blue look (with a ring around the dial that looks like a different blue from the rest of the dial).  It is difficult to see in the PR photos, but is really nice in the metal.

BR, Dan

I still prefer the case of the 2nd Gen Overseas.
01/19/2016 - 14:58

The bezel of the new Overseas is screwed down to a round plate whereas the previous model is directly to the casing which is more sporty and bezel is more visible.

Re: I still prefer the case of the 2nd Gen Overseas.
01/22/2016 - 14:08

That round plate you are referring to adds a layering effect that gives a more "textured/3-D) look to the watch.  It defnitely has its fans and detractors among the people that have seen the watch.

But the interesting thing is that VC may change that round plate a little (color/material) in future versions to add different variations of the watch.

BR, Dan

Re: Exclusive: SIHH 2016 Overseas Chronograph - Calibre 5200
01/24/2016 - 04:38

I was amazed by VC's introductions in succession

of both manual-winding and automatic in-house chronograph calibres

only in two years or so.




Re: Exclusive: SIHH 2016 Overseas Chronograph - Calibre 5200
01/25/2016 - 04:44

Other than the loss of the big date and non-matching date wheel (both of which I definitely don't like), the other details I'm not sure about are

  1. The bezel has gone from 8 to 8 to 6 "notches." I wonder what prompted this change? If you take VC's maltese cross logo there are eight points on it and it isn't hard to imagine seeing the eight points on the bezel of the first two generation watches.  The only thing I can see going to six is that it makes them line up with the hour markers better.
  2. The hands and markers have gotten progressively thinner with each generation. I do think that little thicker hands go better with a sport watch, even a luxury sport watch.

  3. The angle/lines of the case near the bracelet have gone from concave (49140) to straight (49150) to convex (new) creating a slightly different shape for each generation. The oldest one seems to integrate best with the bracelet (more seamless transition) and I think that is the overall best look for an integrated bracelet.  Maybe they wanted to make it stand out more than a Nautilus or Royal Oak by rounding the case and creating a definite transition.
  4. The second track of minute markers on the newest generation seems too "busy" and the inner one could probably be removed. I know that the minute hand may not completely reach the outer ticks, but I think it would still work.
So it will be interesting to see how well these sell and if anything changes before their release.  I'm curious to see what others think of these more minor changes. 


Re: Re: Exclusive: SIHH 2016 Overseas Chronograph - Calibre 5200
03/08/2016 - 15:21

SRVTHL...congratulations on such excellent observations regarding the new 2016 Overseas Crono.

You pointed out many differences between the new and older models that I did not notice before.

I just bought a OS Chrono 49140 and checked out the differences in design after you mentioned them.

So far, I actually prefer the 49140 due to its smaller size (40mm), large date at 12 O'Clock, and the concave 

case where it meets the bracelet.

Thank you.

John Kaufman

 SIHH 2016 Overseas Chronograph - Calibre 5200

LOL, my friend this is an improvement but
03/08/2016 - 16:36

instead of introducing your watch in a two-year old post as on the other forum, you've added to this one from "only" two+ months agoyes.  On this forum your post will not bring the original thread back to the front page for anyone to read or comment.  It will only be very briefly shown as "most recent" on the main page, until someone posts something else.  I'll repeat again, best to introduce your watch in its own thread enlightened.

Re: Exclusive: SIHH 2016 Overseas Chronograph - Calibre 5200
03/08/2016 - 19:50

It's a very nice looking piece of machinery; I particularly like the exhibition caseback.

Are there any 'exploded' views of this new calibre? The things happening beneath the surface are even more interesting than the outer beauty of the thing.


Saving for the 47040/000A-9008 Calibre 1226
03/09/2016 - 21:28

I like mine uncomplicated. I am saving for the 47040/000A-9008 Calibre 1226 when my OS 1 is ready for the puppy farm in Vermont.