Remember the Overseas Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar presented in a rose-gold case and a blue lacquered dial from the digital Watches & Wonders event earlier this year? Now the same gold-and-blue combo comes to the collection’s accessible three-hand-date model, the Overseas Self-Winding. This watch was unveiled today at the Watches & Wonders in-person sequel in Shanghai.
Following the distinct codes of the Overseas collection, which was substantially revamped in 2016, the new Self-Winding model is recognizable for its hexagonal bezel whose shape evokes that of the Maltese cross that serves as Vacheron Constantin’s historical emblem.
The links of its integrated bracelet, in all rose gold for the first time on this model, also draw their visual inspiration from the Maltese cross. Also in keeping with the modern identity of the Overseas, the bracelet can be easily interchanged with a blue alligator leather or blue textured rubber strap.
The dial’s intense blue colors provide a wealth of visual effects, from the sunburst satin-finished center to the circular satin-finished flange to the velvet-finished minute circle. The hands and hour markers, also in gold, are coated in Super-LumiNova, and the date appears in a window at 3 o’clock. The 41-mm case has a screw-down crown, helping to ensure a water resistance of 150 meters.
Beating behind a sapphire exhibition caseback is the movement, Vacheron’s in-house automatic Caliber 5100, whose visual signature is the 22k gold rotor which is decorated with a nautical instrument called wind rose. Bearing the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva, the movement’s baseplate is graced with côtes de Genève and holds a power reserve of 60 hours.
As with all movements in the Overseas collection, Caliber 5100 is protected from magnetism by a soft iron inner cage. The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Self-Winding in rose gold with blue lacquer dial will retail for $46,200.