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Vacheron Constantin launches Overseas “Everest” chronograph and dual-time watches

They are the follow-ups to a unique protoype that accompanied photographer Cory Richards on an Everest expedition in 2019.

If we had to nitpick about many popular luxury sports watches today, one thing that baffles us sometimes is exactly where the “sports” part comes in. This is a question that definitely won’t arise with Vacheron Constantin’s latest pair of Overseas releases: A dual-time model and a chronograph, both of which are directly inspired by a prototype watch that accompanied American explorer and photographer Cory Richards on an Everest expedition in 2019. That watch eventually sold at auction for over US$106,000 (about S$143,000), with all proceeds benefitting the National Geographic Society.

Overseas Chronograph Cory Richards Everest

Cory Richards wearing the Overseas Chronograph “Everest”.

It might seem out of character that Vacheron Constantin, a venerable brand best known for its high-end, dress timepieces, created a hardy titanium and tantalum watch for mountain exploration for one of its ambassadors. But that is exactly why it is a savvy move, and one that gives Vacheron Constantin an interesting edge in the sports-luxe realm dominated by Nautiluses and Royal Oaks.

While the original prototype has a brushed titanium case and bezel with a tantalum base, the new timepieces feature cases with a six-sided Maltese cross-inspired bezel made of titanium, and steel bezel rings. They also share matte blue-grey, grained dials that are punctuated by bright orange accents. The same vivid orange is used as contrast stitching on the Cordura strap, which can be easily switched — thanks to a self-interchangeable system — with an additional rubber strap that comes with each watch. And both, of course, are powered by the brand’s own in-house movements, jazzed up with a 22K pink gold rotor that features an engraving of Mount Everest, based on a photo by Richards.

  • Overseas Chronograph Cory Richards Everest
    Overseas Chronograph "Everest" with Cordura strap.

Measuring 42.5mm in diameter, the Overseas Chronograph “Everest” is powered by the automatic calibre 5200/2. This in-house chronograph movement features a column wheel as well as a vertical clutch (which ensures a smooth, rapid start once the chronograph is started). The watch is available in a limited edition of 150 pieces.

  • Overseas Dual Time Everest Chrono
    Overseas Dual Time "Everest" with Cordura strap.

Also available as a 150-piece limited edition, the Overseas Dual Time “Everest” measures 41mm across, and is powered by the self-winding manufacture 5110 DT/2. An orange hand (with a matching day/night indicator at 9 0’clock) indicates home time, while the local time is synced with the analogue date display at 6 o’clock. While it all boils down to which complication and watch size you prefer, both are options worth exploring, indeed.

The Overseas Chronograph “Everest” retails for S$53,500, and the Overseas Dual Time “Everest” retails for S$44,900.