For the spring of 2010, Overseas is sportier and more travel friendly

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For the spring of 2010, Overseas is sportier and more travel-friendly than ever 

For the spring of 2010, Overseas is sportier and more travel friendly

A clever blend of ruggedness and lightness, technical accomplishments and extreme refinement makes the Overseas Dual Time Self-Winding Steel and Titanium model the ideal companion for enthusiasts of excellence looking to get away from it all. Equipped with a dual time-zone display powered by mechanical self-winding Calibre 1222, it explores the rich palette of grey shades composed by steel, titanium and leather.

The latest Overseas model: 

The eagerly awaited steel, with a titanium bezel, version of the Dual Time
Ever since the launch of the first Overseas in 1996, Vacheron Constantin’s sports line has been constantly enriched with innovative new timepieces. Entirely dedicated to travel as its name implies, the line is based around three best-sellers – Overseas Self-Winding, Overseas Chronograph and Overseas Dual Time – available in steel, gold and steel/titanium versions. Vacheron Constantin is now rounding off the Dual Time range, with its useful complication greatly appreciated by regular travellers, by introducing a steel with a titanium bezel variation.

Titanium, the ideal metal for travel 

An extremely light metal that is resistant to corrosion, erosion and fire, titanium was initially used in the fields of aeronautical, aerospace, chemical and medical industries, and more recently in watchmaking, which has chosen it for its contemporary character, its bold and original appearance, as well as for its minimal weight entirely in tune with the needs of technical and sporty Haute Horlogerie.

Monochrome grey with the Vacheron Constantin touch 

The modern, sporty and elegant design of this model is adorned with subtle shades of grey created by the steel base, the titanium bezel and the slate grey dial, all of which lend the watch a timeless appeal. Grey reigns supreme and unrivalled on this new model reflecting the signature features that have made the Overseas collection so successful. These include sleek lines, a generous 42 mm diameter, a titanium bezel with a cut-out inspired by the Maltese Cross, water resistance to 15 bar equivalent to a depth of 150 metres, along with the emblematic Overseas motif depicting a two-masted sailboat engraved on the solid case-back.

Dual time, a useful function for a watch intended for travellers 

In addition to its classic hours, minutes and seconds functions, the Dual Time Self-winding Steel and Titanium features two subdials – one for the date at 3 o’clock and another for the dual time zone at 6 o’clock – along with a power-reserve display and a day/night indicator. Its tech-oriented, sporty grey dial ensures excellent readability of the various functions. Mechanical self-winding Calibre 1222 is protected by a screen that makes it completely insensitive to the effects of magnetic fields that are omnipresent in our daily environment and can be detrimental to the regularity of rating and thus the precision of the watch. Finally, the construction of the pushers and its protected crown ensures completely secure handling.

A watch with two straps that shows twin faces of its personality
Delivered with two straps – one in anthracite grey alligator leather and the other in black rubber – the Overseas Dual Time Self-Winding Steel and Titanium is both resolutely sporty and elegantly distinguished. It adjusts smoothly to all kinds of situations, whether on golfing greens, at sea, in the mountains or during chic evening occasions. 

For the spring of 2010, Overseas is sportier and more travel friendly

For the spring of 2010, Overseas is sportier and more travel friendly

TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS Model Overseas Dual Time Automatic Steel and Titanium
Reference 47450/000W-9511

Calibre 1222 SC

Energy Mechanical self-winding
Protected by an antimagnetic screen

Movement thickness 4.85 mm

Movement diameter 26.60 mm

Jewelling 34 jewels

Frequency 28,800 vibrations/hour

Indications Hours, minutes, central seconds
Power reserve
2nd time zone with day/night indication
Pointer-type date display

Power reserve Approx. 40 hours

Case Stainless steel
Titanium bezel
Titanium pushpiece guard
Solid back with stamped “Overseas” medallion, screw fastening

Water resistance Tested at a pressure of 15 Bar, equivalent to 150 metres

Dial Slate-grey, circular satin-brushed finish
Painted outer minute circle
12 applied hour-markers in 18-carat gold
highlighted with a white luminescent substance.

Strap Hand-sewn dark grey square-scale alligator leather
Delivered with an additional strap in black rubber

Buckle Double-safety triple-blade folding clasp in stainless steel.

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Re: For the spring of 2010, Overseas is sportier and more ttravel friendly
05/05/2010 - 22:22
It looks great. Do we have picture with that black rubber strap? 
Alex, can you explain the functionality of the titanium bezel?
05/06/2010 - 08:21
I understand the idea of having the whole case made of titanium, but if it's only the bezel that wouldn't seem to reduce the weight by much. Meanwhile, the most scratch-prone part of the watch is made of the softest metal. Is it purely a cosmetic consideration? On a more hypothetical level, do you think VC will ever come out with a true travel time watch, that is, one where the "jumping" hour hand is on the main dial instead of a subdial? I have been hoping ever since JLC came out with its Hometime movement that VC would build something based on it.
the choice of a titanium bezzel and pusher screws is purely
05/06/2010 - 11:59
one based on design. As for a travel time with a central hand I have no idea if we will see one in the near future.
Re: For the spring of 2010, Overseas is sportier and more travel friendly
05/09/2010 - 04:01
I like everything about it with its new style and use of different metals. Would also like to see it on a rubber strap for travel in warmer weather. Thanks Alex for sharing the news. Regards, Matt
Hi Matt, a question about rubber straps in warm weather
05/10/2010 - 10:51
Hi Matt, I've never tried a rubber strap on any type of watch before but I do know how uncomfortable a leather stap can feel if the humidity is high and it sticks to the skin.  Does a rubber strap, being non-porous, give the same uncomfortable feeling in warmer weather?  Or does it not stick the skin? I do understand that a rubber strap can be lighter, more durable, water resistant and be more comfortable in the extreme cold, unlike a metal bracelet that has a higher heat conductivity rate. Thanks in advance for your reply. Best Regards, Dan
Re: Hi Matt, a question about rubber straps in warm weather
05/20/2010 - 05:27
Hi dshao1, my personal experience is that rubber strap does not stick to skin, conversely, you may have a bit sweat trapped between your skin and the strap. Having said that, it is far more comfortable than leather which will be soaked and tarnished after wearing a day in summer.  My experience is in tropical and sub tropical countries : Singapore / HK
Thanks Strongbee and Welcome to the Lounge!
05/21/2010 - 13:54
I visit HK probably once a quarter and Singapore once a year these days.  I'll have to give some consideration to rubber straps now,  Best Regards, Dan