New Overseas 2016 Design

Fellow Loungers,

Has there been any information regarding the design for the new Overseas collection? I am curious whether the design will completely be revamped and changed or whether it will be very simillar to the current Overseas collection but with inhouse movements.

Personally I feel certain things such as the bezel and the bracelet are spot on, and I would hope that these elements are retained in the new version.

When you look at new versions of the AP Royal Oak or PP Nautilus you can see that they look essentially the same as their previous incarnations but with subtle differences. If you compare the 49140 to the 49150 case wise they are very simillar, with the size going from 40mm to 42mm, and the biggest difference being the bracelet design.

What do you guys think? Will it be a complete overhaul or will the essence of the overseas remain?

New Overseas 2016 Design

New Overseas 2016 Design

New Overseas 2016 Design

New Overseas 2016 Design

 

"...will the essence of the overseas remain?"
11/30/2015 - 00:28

Your question raises another, that being; What is the essence of the Overseas?  For guidance I refer to Alex's superb article; The Evolution of Vacheron Constantin Sports Watches (link here: http://www.thehourlounge.com/en/vacheron-constantin-articles/evolution-vacheron-constantin-sports-watches-567686).

As you can see, design elements extend all the way back to the 1930s and between then and now were a great number of interpretations on the theme of sports watches according to the fashions of the day.  I'm sure VC will continue this tradition by delivering an elegant sporting timepiece and a twist of savoire faire.

According to VC, the mission statement for the Overseas is to provide "complications that are useful in everyday life".  Consistent with this, we have a dual time zone, a chronograph, a perpetual calendar chronograph, and a simple date model.  Design-wise, I trust Vincent and his talented team have come up with a stunning new theme for this most popular, indeed brand-critical, line.  However, I'm also hoping for something special in the mechanical "everyday complications" side of the equation, especially for the simple date watch which has been riding on style alone for too long.  There is so much more that can be done, and has been done in the past, to give this model additional panache; an ultra-thin caliber with chronometer/observatory rating comes to mind.

Just one opinion, would love to hear from others...

Spot on!
11/30/2015 - 21:19

I think the question is about essence.

I have this bizarre theory of mine, the Overseas was conceived to compete against a Rolex sport-watch, with the simple logic to do it similar but better. To comfort my "theory" I can only adduce once I was told, by a more than reliable source, the same logic was applied for the re-birth of a famous sport-watch, designed by GG.

The Overseas is a real sport watch, can't say the same for its real competitors (e.g. the Royal Oak, both, time-only and chrono), given its waterproofness and amagnetic properties.

But the OS line can also claim to descend from the 222, which is a totally different watch (more similar, to remain in the example above, to the 5402 and its successors).

So, in short, I see a lot of potential in the OS and a split in two different lines is completely feasible.

A new model inspired by the 222, thin, light, equipped with the 1121, could come up and, at the same time, an all-round sport-watch may appear, which one will prevail?

In any case, I hope the bracelet will stay the same because it's pure (sorry for the overused word) VC DNA and, if the soft-iron inner case stays also, the case-back and the carrure may be worked to be more convex, so to make the profile look slimmer.

That said, I think the most exciting news about the new OS line is going to be the in-house chronograph movement. I really can't wait to see what Vacheron has conceived. It's going to be an automatic calibre for sure, another milestone in the fantastic, brilliant, mesmerizing sequence of movements lately produced.

I personnaly hope for an evolution more than a revolution
11/30/2015 - 11:37
Re: I personnaly hope for an evolution more than a revolution
12/01/2015 - 14:57

Totally agree. As someone who owns mostly SS sports watches this one is nearly perfect. As an older guy I would like to see the date a little larger. An in house movement would be a great addition. 

 

Ray

Personally I would hope for a smaller case say 40mm
11/30/2015 - 13:15

Then it will fit me better :p

bracelet is perfect so no need to change I hope.

cheers

robin

Re: New Overseas 2016 Design
11/30/2015 - 15:41

I have the first one and I love it.

As for complications, I am interested in GMT or Dual Time in blue - I always liked the movie "Electra Glide in Blue."

Anyway, I especially enjoyed the part of the new Bond movie where he asks what the watch does and is told it tells the time.

It would've been nice if it had been a VC OS.

Dave

I second what Alex and Robin are both saying. An evolution but at 40mm
11/30/2015 - 15:41

, since it will be more suitable for our Asian wrists.

Re: New Overseas 2016 Design
12/02/2015 - 14:39

Perhaps a titanium bracelet would be a welcomed addition as well as a rotating bezel.

I like the idea of a GMT model as well and possibly even 300m water resistance.

I'm sure how much VC wants to push the "sports" nature of the watch.

JB

Not too much I think
12/02/2015 - 20:24

I learned the limits of the Overseas image when I offered to carry an OS of their choice to the summit of Denali but that activity wasn't considered to be consistent with the marketing plan, so unless things have changed I think the emphasis will remain on the elegant side of "sporty".  Clearly VC have the best understanding of the OS position in the market, it was just my own wish to push the boundaries.

Good idea, Joseph!
12/22/2015 - 07:53

With Ti bracelet and GMT and 300 m...

What about ltd edition with 3300 inside? ))

Regards,

Serge

Re: New Overseas 2016 Design
12/07/2015 - 20:04

Dear all, 

I hope also just for an minor evolution. The watch is somehow perfect, chrono, waterproof, antimagnetic, perfect size, sportive.

On one hand I love the backside with the Amerigo Vespucci ship. On the other hand I would love to the the caliber.

But when this is possible without reducing the 15 bar. Than be so kind and please do both at the same time.

Meaning Saphirglas with the Amerigo Vespucci ship on it. 

 

best regards

Sven