The first of these is the Overseas Chronograph Perpetual Calendar model, with its 18-carat pink gold case it features a masterful blend of sophistication and technical Haute Horlogerie.
Limited to 80 pieces, the watch boasts a chronograph and a perpetual calendar – two of the complications most favoured by watch connoisseurs.
The bezel is inspired by Vacheron Constantin’s Maltese Cross emblem, along with the hour-markers, crown, screw-lock pushers, as well as the case-back enhanced by a raised medallion depicting the famous three-mast Amerigo Vespucci ship.
As with all men’s Overseas models, its 18-carat pink gold 42 mm-diameter case is guaranteed water-resistant to 15 bar (approximately 150 metres) and houses a soft iron cage protecting the mechanical movement from magnetic fields of up to 25,000 A/m.
Again like the other timepieces in this collection, the hands and hour-markers are accented with white luminescent substance to ensure perfect readability even in the dark.
The watch is powered by a Calibre 1136 QP with 228 parts: a mechanical self-winding movement with around a 40- hour power reserve which beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour. In addition to the hours, minutes and small seconds at 6 o’clock, the movement powers the chronograph functions – sweep seconds-hand, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock – as well as those of the perpetual calendar – day of the week, date, 48-month counter with leap years as well as a moon-phase display.
The Overseas Chronograph Perpetual Calendar comes on two choices of strap: one in vulcanised brown rubber and the other in brown alligator leather.
The watch is presented in a luxurious case equipped with a rotating mechanism that enables the watch – when not worn – to be kept perpetually wound so as to ensure that the perpetual calendar is properly adjusted.
We’ll feature the second of the new VC’s, the Overseas Chronograph, tomorrow.
Reference: 1136 QP
Thickness (mm): 7.90
Diameter (mm): 28.00 (11''' ¼)
Number of parts: 228
Number of jewels: 37
Frequency: 3 Hz (21'600 v.p.h.)
Power-reserve (hours): 40 approx.
Indication: hours, minutes, small second, perpetual calendar (hand-type calendar, day of the week, month, leap year, moon phases), chronograph with 30-minute and 12-hour counters