Vacheron Constantin, the world’s oldest Haute Horlogerie manufacture with 261 years of uninterrupted history, celebrated the launch of its new Overseas collection for Middle East & India region at The Great Eastern Home, Mumbai, India.
The distinguished launch evening witnessed a unique perspective on the travel spirit of the new Overseas collection through a multi-sensorial brand experience, in presence of the Brand CEO, Mr. Juan-Carlos Torres.
With their casual elegance and practicality, the new Overseas timepieces embody the spirit of travel in all its glory, reflecting the essence of contemporary Fine Watchmaking.
Dedicated to comfort, the new Overseas models are the ideal companions of modern world travelers who are steadily enriched by every successive encounter and every fresh discovery. To highlight this perspective of the world shaped by travel, Vacheron Constantin has selected a legendary photographer, who places the notion of humanity at the very heart of his work:
Behind this partnership lies the notion of eternity, the common denominator between the photographer and the Manufacture, as much with regard to the representation of the world as to the expression of time.
The overseas tour offers a distinct perspective on the world through the lens of this great lensman. Like the 12 hours of the dial, the photojournalist immortalized 12 unexpected locations including Chand Baori step well in Rajasthan, India. This ancient step well is a legendary and mesmerizingly beautiful work of art intermingling symbolic ornamentation and optical illusions. Located near a temple in Abhaneri, in the state of Rajasthan, it has been a major centre of social life through the centuries. Some of the other locations include Leshan (China), Grand Central Terminal (New York, U.S.A), Tsuru-no-yu Onsen (Japan), Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque (Mexico) to name a few.
Guests were invited to a journey of discovery through the Overseas tour captured by Steve McCurry’s artworks, along with all the collection’s distinctive technical features on display.
“It has been in our DNA to marry traditional fine watchmaking values such as artisanal finishing with the pulse of the contemporary world,” says Vacheron Constantin CEO Juan-Carlos Torres. “This year, Vacheron Constantin has reinvented one of its most iconic collection- The Overseas . This collection offers a variety of innovative new features yet it strikes a balance between function, elegance and traditions. For us, the Overseas is the perfect collection that represents these values of the brand.
I am excited to be here for the launch in India and share this tour along with Steve Mc Curry’s fantastic images that evoke the spirit of this collection.”
Overseas- A unique perspective of the world
Vacheron Constantin is reinventing one of its iconic collections, Overseas. Created in a spirit of casual elegance and practicality, five new models (12 references) equipped with Manufacture movements – including three new calibers – embody the new generation of self-winding timepieces inspired by the spirit of travel. All models, whether in steel or gold, from the simplest to the most complicated, bear the Hallmark of Geneva and are fitted with easily interchangeable bracelets/straps, a guarantee of comfort anywhere in the world. Alongside watches featuring simple displays (hours, minutes, seconds, with or without date), the collection also comprises chronographs and ultra-thin timepieces.
Flowing, ergonomic lines, subtle light effects and sophisticated finishing place the new Overseas models firmly within a timeless yet distinctly contemporary aesthetic universe. The Overseas collection boasts of a casual elegance revisited, dedicated to 21st century travellers. The new Vacheron Constantin calibers are driven by an oscillating weight of 18K gold inspired by the wind rose, a symbol of travel. In keeping with the travel spirit, Overseas timepieces meet practical demands in order to guarantee their owner ideal comfort and user friendliness. The Overseas collection is designed to the versatile lifestyle of today’s world travellers.
To mark this launch, a dedicated website has been unveiled with an aim to explore the collection’s distinctive travel- themed universe. Through photo galleries, 360-degree videos including “making of” video, you will discover the exceptional Overseas Tour locations, captured by Steve McCurry. The entire set of models and their distinctive technical features are also presented through specific videos and sections.
Overseas -Versatile Elegance
Vacheron Constantin is opening up whole new horizons for its emblematic watch dedicated to world travelers, Overseas, through original creations adopting an eminently versatile attitude thanks to their interchangeable straps/bracelet. Delivered with a leather and rubber strap as well as a metal bracelet, Overseas will offer even more stylish options for the festive season thanks to an array of strap colors.
These new strap colours enable the wearer to adapt the watch to changing circumstances or wishes. A sense of freedom that is rendered even more appealing by the ease with which one can rapidly switch from one to another of the straps/bracelet, or indeed change its folding clasp or buckle without any need for a tool. And this is all done while ensuring the same reliability and robustness as a fixed strap or bracelet.
Offering a new range of colours designed to inspire audacious style moves, Vacheron Constantin has also given top priority to comfort by developing an easy-fit size adjustment system to ensure the models sit perfectly on the wrist.
Hallmark of Geneva
All Vacheron Constantin watches meet the demanding criteria of the Hallmark of Geneva, the prestigious label of quality and excellence instated in 1886. Standing for much more than just a certification of origin, it is issued by a neutral and independent official body. The Hallmark of Geneva rewards watches developed and assembled in Geneva according to extremely stringent criteria relating both to movement components and performance of the watch. Embodying a
Four-fold consumer guarantee of provenance, resilience, accuracy and expertise, the Hallmark of Geneva establishes high production standards serving to achieve the best possible results in terms of reliability and aesthetics, whileensuring respect for traditional hand workmanship as well as the transmission of these skills. Vacheron Constantin is its most loyal representative since 1901 with each Vacheron timepiece being Hallmark of Geneva certified starting2016. All models of the new Overseas collection proudly bear this exclusive Hallmark.
About Vacheron Constantin
Established in 1755 in Geneva, Vacheron Constantin is the world’s oldest watch manufacture and has been making watches without any interruption for more than 260 years. Founders of the true spirit of technical and precious HauteHorlogerie, the men and women of Vacheron Constantin continue to design, develop and Manufacture exceptional timepieces that adhere to the Maison’s three fundamental values: expert technique, inspired and harmonious aesthetics,and an extremely high level of finishing.