Rolex has its Daytona. Audemars Piguet its Royal Oak. Patek Philippe its Nautilus and Aquanaut. Steel watches that might as well be made of unobtanium. Timepieces that command a huge price premium the moment they walk out the showroom door. Grail watches. So where’s the Vacheron grail watch? Which of their models qualifies? None. Until now . . .
In 1930, César de Trey watched a polo match in colonial India. After the match, a player showed the Swiss businessman and watch collector his damaged watch, its crystal shattered. He challenged Mssr. de Trey to devise some sort of protection against the slings and arrows of outrageous mallets. Thus began the Jaeger-leCoultre Reverso (all watch images courtesy #h.m.uhren) . . .
The Vacheron Constantin Overseas was late to the luxury steel sports watch party. Even as the Patek Philippe Nautilus and Audemars Piguet Royal Oak made their mark, the oldest surviving Swiss watch manufacturer saw its strengths elsewhere. In a way, the Vacheron Constantin 222 of the 1970’s was a reaction to its competition. Unlike its peers, Gerald Genta’s pen had nothing to do with it . . .
A quartz Vacheron? While I’m a huge fan of the battery-powered Longines Conquest VHP, I was under the impression that watch buyers beyond a certain price point expect – demand – a mechanical movement. Nope. Apparently there’s one demographic that can and does prefer battery-powered watches, no matter what the cost . . .
Mr_Nice_Watch writes: In 2016, Vacheron Constantin introduced their new “luxury sports watch.” The Overseas collection has grown to include a chronograph, a dual timer, a world timer, an ultra thin, a perpetual calendar ultra-thin, a Tourbillon and quartz watches. That’s 32 models in all. The time-only Vacheron Constantin Overseas is the simplest version and it’s a real beauty . . .