The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time Automatic Steel and Titanium (ref. 47450000W-9511) is a rare breed of sport watches with bold and energetic appearance that can be worn both with jeans and polo and with more formal dress. Although its titanium/steel body is slightly oversized, the timekeeper is still compact enough to look as elegant as a classic British sports car that hides its prominent set of muscles under a thoroughly pressed made to measure Egyptian cotton shirt, if you know what I mean.
Just like some other VC’s watches with second time zone complication (aka GMT), including the beautiful Vacheron Constantin Malte Tonneau Dual Time, the latest member of the Overseas family is equipped with the VC Caliber 1222 SC automatic movement.
If memory serves me well, the latter is based on the brilliant JLC caliber 929/3 engine that was first introduced in 1996 and powered their gorgeous Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Geographic family of wristwatches.
Like most current movements, the Cal. 1222 SC beats at usual 28,800 vph and features a fairly underwhelming (though adequate if you plan to wear the gadget on a daily basis) power reserve of around 40 hours.
Besides 34 jewels (those are actually synthetic rubies, but who cares,) the movement also features ceramic ball bearings for its winding rotor. Significantly reducing friction, the tiny ceramic balls also allow for more efficient winding and tend to serve longer than the ones made of a metal alloy: something that may come in handy if you have a habit of storing your collection of automatic watches in winding machines that tend to put extra strain on winding mechanisms of the timepieces.
As usual for “multifunctional” watches, the Oversear Dual Time features a rather busy dial. Sporting a GMT indicator at 6 o’clock, the watch also features a power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock and a day/night indicator right between them. There is also a date subdial between 2 and 3 o’clock position (it is adjusted with the titanium pushpiece at 2 o’clock,) so, as you can see on the pictures, the Dual Time’s dial looks somewhat overcrowded with data, yet somehow manages to look surprisingly organic thanks to the complex shape of the signature “Maltese Crown” fixed bezel that serves as a visual bridge between the slightly cluttered dial and the laconic case.
However, thanks to generous amounts of SuperLuminova covering the watch’s hour and minute hands and all twelve applied hour indexes made of white gold (the precious metal is more resistant to corrosion making the elements look new for decades), the dial is legible enough, successfully delivering the most needed information and putting the rest in the background.
The watch comes in a chunky 42 mm case, with its base made of satin-brushed stainless steel and the bezel crafted of light-weight titanium. Because the two metals reflect light in different ways, the Overseas’ body receives additional depth and serves as a proof that you do not really need to use forged carbon fiber and other exotic materials to create a bold-looking watch sporty watch.
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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time Automatic Steel and Titanium automatic GMT (ref. 47450000W-9511) watch specification
Price: $18,000 (MSRP)
Movement: VC Caliber 1222 SC, automatic, 28,800 vph, 34 jewels, 26.60 mm in diameter, 4.85 mm in height, antimagnetic screen, Swiss Made
Functions: Hour, minutes, central second, date, power reserve, day/night indicator
Power reserve: 40 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Titanium
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 42.00 mm
Case height: 13.00 mm
Hands: White gold
Water resistance: 150 meters
Strap: Black rubber, delivered with an additional strap in hand-stitched dark grey square-scale alligator leather, 20.3 mm wide
Case back: Solid, engraved