Back in 2019, the adventurer, National Geographic photographer and all-around badass Cory Richards summited Mount Everest. He’d done it twice before – because who hasn’t? – but this time he opted for the North-East Ridge. Any climbers out there know what that means: one of the toughest routes to the precipice, especially when you’re not using oxygen. Incredible achievement? Sure. Insane? Definitely Overseas Everest.
Along with climbing partner Esteban “Topo” Mena, Richards brought with him another climbing companion: his custom Vacheron Constantin Overseas. The sportier, more extreme take on the formula custom-made to survive everything the world’s highest peak can throw at it. It also made from some pretty cool promos from the top, to the delight and chagrin of anyone looking for a similarly rugged vibe from the world’s oldest (continually operating) watchmaker.
Now, after two years of waiting, Vacheron Constantin has made that prototype a reality with the Overseas Everest Dual Time and Chronograph.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time “Everest”
Of the two, the Dual Time is the closer to what most people would call entry level. It’s still a solid £26,600, but given this is Vacheron, that’s kind of to be expected, sportier look or no. The 41mm case is made entirely from titanium other than minute elements in stainless steel, more for the metallurgic contrast than any practical reason.
The reason that the Maltese cross bezel and crown guards look to be a different colour entirely is solely down to the finishing. While the case is predominantly polished and satin finished, those darker elements are bead blasted, giving the titanium a much cooler vibe, especially when contrasted with the stainless steel bezel ring underneath.
Inside is the 5110 DT/2 automatic movement with 60-hour power reserve, a beautiful piece of watchmaking with the kind of finishing you’d expect from one of the grand maisons of haute horology. It’s also where most of that price tag comes from.
The Dual Time brings a few bright orange elements to bear across the grained blue dial, both on the second time zone hand and the AM / PM indicator, the elements that give the watch its name. The date subdial at 6 o’clock has a circular finish rather than grained for a bit more contrast, but otherwise it’s nicely pared-back.
Ref: 7910V/000T-B922 | Case/Dial: 42.5mm diameter x 13.7mm height, titanium and stainless steel case, grey-blue grained dial | Water Resistance: 150m | Movement: In-house calibre 5200/2, automatic, 54 jewels, 263 parts | Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz) | Power Reserve: 52h | Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock, date, column-wheel chronograph (30-minute and 12-hour counters) | Strap: Grey Cordura® fabric with an additional second strap in grey rubber | Price: £26,600, limited to 150 pieces, svailable exclusively from Vacheron Constantin boutiques.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph “Everest”
The Chronograph is by far the sportier of the two. With a classic tricompax layout and a few more flashes of orange picking out the chronograph hands (which is actually pretty damn useful), it conversely ups the ante in price, coming in at £31,400.
Powered by the 5200/2 automatic movement, it has a slightly lower, 52-hour power reserve but otherwise has all the same lavish finishing across the bridges and, especially, the rotor. That rotor is rose gold but more impressively shows off a beautiful relief of the world’s tallest mountain.
Otherwise, it’s the same as the Dual Time; same case, same strap options (a contrast stitched strap or a chunky rubber number) and the same limited edition of 150 pieces. For Vacheron, that’s a relatively large number, but given this is quite possibly the coolest, most thematically on-point Overseas yet… well, 150 won’t go far.
Ref: 7910V/000T-B923 | Case/Dial: 41mm diameter x 12.8mm height, titanium and stainless steel case, grey-blue grained dial | Water Resistance: 150m | Movement: In-house calibre 5110 DT/2, automatic, 37 jewels, 234 parts | Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz) | Power Reserve: 60h | Functions: Hours, minutes, central seconds, second timezone, day/night (AM/PM) indication at 9 o’clock synchronised with home time, date at 6 o’clock synchronized with local time | Strap: Grey Cordura® fabric with an additional second strap in grey rubber | Price: £31,400, limited to 150 pieces, available exclusively from Vacheron Constantin boutiques.
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