if you could redesign the Overseas models, what would you change and

what would you keep?
05/01/2013 - 12:41
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05/05/2013 - 09:20
I would make the dial opening larger and same size chrono counters
05/01/2013 - 12:12
05/01/2013 - 12:41
The bracelet and case design are definite keepers. No steel watch's bracelet, for me at least, feels as comfortable as the overseas. I would also keep the Amerigo Vespucci medallion.  In terms of the automatic overseas, I would love for it not to have the date window or the Arabic numerals, it disturbs the beautiful aesthetic of the dial. This could be a THL version: basic and simple with fantastic quality being key here. As for the chrono, my favourite OS, the 'automatic' and 'antimagnetic' on the subdial at 6 detract from the dial's aesthetics - probably part of the reason why I never pulled the trigger on this one as much as I like it. Also, a flyback function would be sweet -along with an in-house calibre. The dial colours/styles and metal combinations are perfection so should definitely remain with maybe a larger opening for the date. And of course, the asymmetric subdials should also stay as they are part of this watch's appeal. With the overseas perpetual chrono, I would love to get my hands on a version of the boutique only ti-steel without VC Geneve written on the subdial at 6 (those who wear it know how special it is) and with the hands coming in a more conservative colour than the yellow. We can always dream!  Best, Walid
Re: if you could redesign the Overseas models, what would you change and
05/01/2013 - 13:29
HI Alex, For me, the main concern is the integrity of the clasp release.  I have had the misfortune to have 2 clasps fall apart - literally!  The release buttons are not that secure and rely on two pins each to hold them in place....in my case, the buttons just popped off...!  And to fix this, I have to replace the entire clasp mechanism....I replaced it the first time, but to have the same problem happen again after a year and a bit, I have decided to live without buttons for fear of it happening yet again... So, a more secure clasp design (especially those biuttons) is definitely my priority. I would also like to see a completely in-house designed and manufactured VC movement, rather than JLC-sourced. The face of my Dual Time is nice...but the word 'anti-magnetic" is not required.  A genuine guilloche cut face would be nice too, rather then the stamped one. I would keep the bracelet - it makes the Overseas so special and easily distinguishable. Thanks for the opportunity to voice my thoughts. Best regards JAMES
I would keep more things the same, rather than change.
05/01/2013 - 17:25
Keep the same: 1. The current bracelet with half-Maltese Cross links 2. The interchangeable straps and bracelet options 3. The ship on the case back 4. The bezel 5. The anti-magnetic capability (make it even more anti-magnetic if possible without increasing case size) Change: 1. Remove the words "auomatic" and "anti-magnetic" from the dial 2. Increase water resistance to at least 200m (without increasing case size) 3. Add micro-adjustment capabilities to the clasp, for optimal fitting of the bracelet.
An extra-flat version with 1120 à la 222
05/01/2013 - 18:30
Also with an anti-magnetic escapement rather than a Faraday cage, to keep the case as flat as the movement.
Ok, Dean I could get on board with this idea
05/01/2013 - 19:16
I could go bonkers for an Overseas with the 1120 in it.  cheeky
Ok guys
05/02/2013 - 17:28
what we really need to do is convince VC to release an updated 222!!!
Re: if you could redesign the Overseas models, what would you change and
05/01/2013 - 19:09
Changes: 1. Have an open/glass back so we can see the movement inside.  2. Have a VC movement not JLC 3. Make the Maltese Cross logo slightly larger on the dial itself 4. Move the date window to the 4/6 o'clock positions, so the Maltese cross can move up 5. Remove the "automatic" "antimagnetic" words 6. Make the watch slightly thinner Is there a new version coming out any time?
05/01/2013 - 19:14
I guess, like everyone else, I would like to see an in-house movement in all of the Overseas models, but I am so happy with the performance of mine, I can't get real worked up about that.  Best regards, Robert
Using an In-house movement would increase the production quantity
05/01/2013 - 19:43
of the manufactured movement, theoretically lowering the cost of that movement. It would also allow introduction of additional complications from time to time, which I think would be beneficial.
I would add a new in-house movement, with
05/02/2013 - 01:33
a display caseback, etching the ship at sea and other information on the sapphire back. I would not change the front of the watch but I would make it 300meters water resistant, so I could wear it in the ocean. The dials are classic as is the bracelet. Best to all, Tim
I am sure of that fact! However, I can't open
05/02/2013 - 21:52
your thread!! Best, Tim
Try this Tim..
05/02/2013 - 23:31
Got it! Yes, maybe that was a steal on my part
05/03/2013 - 02:16
or part of one of our Paris dinner discussions--cherished memories. I think it would be a great idea to show the new movement and IMPROVE THE WATER RESISTANCE while they are at it--we have the technology! Hope you are well, we are having a heat wave. Best to all, Tim
Thinner and in-house mvt
05/02/2013 - 18:10
A thinner case and bracelet, making the entire watch lighter and more elegant, would definitely increase the perception that matches its high-end status. An inhouse chronograph caliber also adds to this.  Interesting question, Alex smiley
Re: smaller version
05/02/2013 - 20:48
Something in the 38mm size for those of us that prefer smaller watches.
Re: if you could redesign the Overseas models, what would you change and
05/03/2013 - 08:51
100% the straps should be designed so that the owner can change them easily him/herself. It should be easy enough that it would be feasibile to change them "on the fly". I.e. leather to rubber within minutes.  
It is perfect
05/03/2013 - 09:35
It has the perfect sizes and proportions. Excellent finishes on the bracelet, and the dial finishes and details are superp. It needs more dial choices and in house movement. Plus removing some texts from the dials would be an improvement
Keep the case and bracelet
05/05/2013 - 09:20
I'd toss the hands and dial (specifically the indices).
just rid of the unnecessary inscriptions...
05/05/2013 - 21:08
add a couple of refreshing touches like size variations, modern indices for hour markers, a variety of modern case materials and you have yourself a brand new model... I don't care much for the increase of the water tightness as I think 150m is good enough. I don't have to mention the new chrono in-house movement as we all are awaiting it impatiently but it makes me wonder why VC is withholding the introduction of its in-house automatic movement in the OS line. They must be clearly keeping it for the revamp of the entire model line. Which is coming soon, right? 260th anniversary would be an awesome crowning event for it???   
Unnecessary inscriptions...unless it says...
05/06/2013 - 00:36
"Engine Start," right?  wink
yupppp ;-))) you betcha! Engine's an awesome freak (nt)
05/06/2013 - 00:39
Much of this has been said already
05/08/2013 - 02:05
like removing "Automatic" and "Antimagnetic". Making the Matlese Cross little bigger. Make all the hands luminate. Exhibition Case Back with the ship engraved - much like how Quai de-LIle dial is. More flexible buckle and finer adjustments can be made - not just half or full link adjustments. On the date window, I was always half half. I like the fact that it's there, but I'm not 100% on its size and placement. But looking at the entire dial design, I'm thinking it's probably best left where it is at the moment. Maybe make it tad bit smaller.. Other than that, the OS line is pretty well sorted I think. Being a sports watch, I don't mind it's current 12.45mm thickness and diameter (actually, one of the main reasons that I stayed away from the previous gen was the sub 40mm case size) and I actually like the uneven size and arrangement of the subdials. Gives the watch bit of character. The bracelet is second to none - feels better than even PP Nautilus bracelet! I'm also hanging out for the new OS versions - have not heard much about it but there has been great improvements from the first gen to second gen, so third should make lots of jaws drop too :D