Overseas finishing

Dear All,

I have just acquired a new Overseas Chronograph, which I have wanted for some time. Before I bought it, I had tried it on in real life and compared it with an Audemars Piguet chronograph. For me, the Overseas wins hands down, due to its more appealing modern design, glorious dial pattern, hand treatment, comfortable bracelet and big date display. After a few days of wearing, I cannot help but give it a 10 out of 10. And I am extremely fussy when it comes to watches.

Now, am I right in understanding that the Overseas's case is finished by hand, and that the its dial is a true engined turned, i.e. cut rather than stamped (The Overseas on-line catalogue says it is 'engine-turned')?

Here are some gratuitous pictures; I hope you do not mind:

Overseas finishing 

 Overseas finishing

Overseas finishing

By the way, I have heard of people getting VC advertisment items such as, caps.  How can I get one?  I bought the watch at an airport in Asia and I do not think they will send things over to me here in the UK.

Regards,

Born

Welcome to the Lounge Born, those are beautiful scans!! The Overseas
12/21/2007 - 13:15

case (as well as bracelet) is of course finished by hand, its the only way to get the perfect polished/brished surface effects. As for the dial I need to ask VC but the offices are closed for two weeks for Chrismas vacations so I won't have an answer before early Jan. However I would think the dial is stamped and not engine turned by hand.

Its great to see that you are having such a positive experience with your new watch.

Regarding the caps and other related VC material stick around there are always contests/giveaways here on the Lounge with this type of prizes 

got an answer! The dials are engine turned (not stamped) however
12/21/2007 - 16:34

it is a machine guillochage and not a handmade one.

For those who wonder how a hand engine turning is done check out the Goodies section - Films- Metiers d'Art (page 4)

Wow!
12/21/2007 - 18:12

Thank you so much!

Knowing that the pattern on the dial of my Overseas is achieved by actually cutting into the metal makes me like the watch even more! I presume you received the answer from VC itself (sorry I am not sure whether you are officially associated with them).

Could you please elaborate how a machine engine turn is done differently from a hand engine turn, please?

machine engine turning (or guillochage) is done by placing
12/21/2007 - 21:28

the dial on a surface with a machine programmed with a specific patern which cuts into the dial.

The info comes straight from VC. To find out in what way The Hour Lounge is related to VC go to the "All articles" section and read the interview of Charly Torres, the CEO

Thanks so much, Alex! Now I love my OS even more! :) [NT]
12/22/2007 - 00:53

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Thanks so much, Alex! Now I love my OS even more! :) [NT]
12/22/2007 - 00:53

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BTW there's an excellent article in the Press Corner on the
12/22/2007 - 15:42

history and evolution of the Overseas which was published in Revolution Magazine called: "A Decade of Evolutionary Brilliance: The Evolution of the Overseas". Its worth the read 

I can only see one of the scans!! But its a great watch with a lot of
12/21/2007 - 15:33

subtle details. Wear it in good health

cool watch, great scans, welcome to the Lounge Born! NT
12/21/2007 - 20:54

nt