Highest Altitude for Vacheron?

Highest Altitude for Vacheron?

In less than 2 weeks I'll be heading for Argentina for my 2nd attempt at the summit of Cerro Aconcagua.  At 6960m (22,835ft), it's the highest peak outside of the Himalayas.

I'm very tempted to take my Overseas chronometer to the summit, just to demonstrate that Vacheron watches are as tough as the Rolex Explorer made famous by Hillary and Norgay on Everest.

So I'm curious to know to what heights (pun intended) has Vacheron risen?  What is the highest peak upon which a VC watch has been worn?  Any details would be appreciated.

you may actually be the first one to take VC to such heights! You
01/13/2008 - 11:08

should take a photo of your Overseas once you're on top

Almost 7000m!! That's a huge feat

Go, go , go! It'll be an exciting adventure both
01/13/2008 - 12:07

for you & for your VC!

And it will be a great ad for VC,
01/13/2008 - 14:58

to show the heights you can reach with it.

I am crossing my fingers for success.

Preparations for High Altitude
01/13/2008 - 19:14

Considering how best to prepare for what may be Vacheron's highest achievement ;-) has been interesting.  The effects of low atmospheric pressure and temperature, as well as dirt/sweat, jarring motions from climbing and the increasing risk of my own clumsiness as the air becomes thinner, are all factors.

Some watches from Kobold and Sinn marketed for such pursuits take special steps with low temp oils and pressurized cases.  The VC Overseas, though, has the basic protection of a well designed, water-tight case and a small profile on the wrist, unlike the previously mentioned wrist weights.

While there is a serious chance of the movement freezing at the summit, I've planned to wear the watch continuously so that my body temp keeps it operating well.  It will be protected under a knitted wrist band as well.

I'd also planned to wear a quartz back-up watch (Timex Ironman) but in memory of Hillary's 1953 achievement, now daydream about a totally mechanical adventure!  Any opinions?

Your photo is magic! I guess if Sir Edmond Hillary climbed the Everest
01/14/2008 - 11:45

in 1953 with a Rolex Explorer and the watch survived I'm sure you're VC will survive (considering the advance in oils, materials...) , they may even bring out a special version called the Overheights

As long as it's not called the Overeach ;-)
01/14/2008 - 22:38


Amazing shot!
01/14/2008 - 18:27

I guess you have more courage than I do...

these kind of trips have always looked good to me on paper, but in the end I've always opted for the sunny beaches whne planning my Holidays..

To answer your question, I would say yes to bringing your VC, but then as a back-up I would rather have the Ironman rather than some other mechanical watch...

Good luck in your quest, and please do survive and take pictures: a shot like the one above with a VC in it would surely make it into Doc's book...

Caution, not Courage...
01/15/2008 - 03:35

is the best asset for these types of things!  In my country we already have a record year for avalanche deaths, and the victims are mostly young men that dare the mountains for thrills.  I've had enough thrills and am just looking for enlightenment

But a neurologist was saying on the radio yesterday that trying new things keeps the brain active and improves the richness of your memories, which in turn makes one perceive time as moving more slowly.  That is why, he said, that time appears to move faster as one gets older...the absence of new experiences.

interesting on time passing faster due to the absence of new
01/15/2008 - 17:36


as Alex said, very interesting fact... (nt)
01/15/2008 - 23:35

Good luck tick-talk
01/14/2008 - 16:06

I am in a hurry to have news and photos of your trip!!

Don't forget to plant VC flag at the summit of Cerro Aconcagua.

Courage!! Have a nice trip and see you soon on the forum !

Rolex on Everest Ad
01/15/2008 - 04:58

Summit or Bust...
01/22/2008 - 20:53

I leave tomorrow for Mendoza, Argentia, via Santiago.  Vacheron will be present on the summit February 7th if we have good weather!  I'll share pictures upon returning Feb. 14.

Keeping my fingers crossed and mosy important ENJOY!!
01/23/2008 - 15:30