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Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time 7700V Watch

Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time 7700V Watch Watch Releases

What could be more appropriate for a watch named “Overseas” than a world time complication? Vacheron Constantin‘s updated Overseas collection was one of the highlights of SIHH 2016, and following five models that debuted in January is today’s release, the Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time 7700V. Vacheron released an array of Overseas models at SIHH, and you can see our hands on with the new Overseas “Simple Date” here and the Overseas Chronograph here. Now, Vacheron adds a genuinely useful – and hence still very popular – feature with the world time indication.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time 7700V Watch Watch Releases

Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time 7700V Watch Watch Releases

The new Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time 7700V watch comes in a steel case with three dial color variations of blue, brown, and silver, all featuring a map of the northern hemisphere. Just like the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time watch this new world timer features 37 time zones, more than many watch makers dare to cram onto a dial.

It would be hard for so much information not to look a little cluttered, but that is perhaps part of the appeal of a world time watch – similar to the charm of a world map with its detailed information representing far-away and exotic places. The map portion of the inner dial, with velvet-finished oceans and the land satin-brushed in a sunburst, is covered by a half-smoked sapphire disk that turns to represent daylight and darkness. Moving outward from that are the cities, the 24-hour scale divided into black and white for am/pm, and a minute track.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time 7700V Watch Watch Releases

Inside, the Vacheron Constantin in-house caliber 2460WT is not new, but it gets the job done. It comprises 255 parts and runs at a modern 4Hz (28,800bph), although one very notable shortcoming is its 40 hours of power reserve. Either a longer reserve or at least a linked indicator would have been welcome – and perhaps also possible to achieve, since the movement is not terribly thin either, coming in at 7.55 millimeters thick. The “WT” in the movement’s name stands for “world time,” of course, and it is a Vacheron-patented world time mechanism here – although this world time indication was originally invented around 1935, by Louis Cottier, an independent watchmaker in Geneva.

Visible through the sapphire crystal case-back, the 2460WT is beautiful, and the rotor has the star-like “wind rose” motif often found on maps representing the cardinal compass points – carried over from the other Overseas models, but seeming all the more congruous for this Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time 7700V in particular.

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Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time 7700V Watch Watch Releases

With levels of finishing to be expected from the 260-year-old brand, you will also notice the Geneva Seal unassumingly revealed beneath the rotor, as well as on the caseback. We will remind you that requirements to obtain the Geneva Seal have been greatly expanded beyond movement finishing, and we explored in-depth the Geneva Seal’s requirements and everything you could ever want to know about it here.

Like the other Overseas models, the movement is protected from magnetism by a soft iron ring installed around the caliber – it is, however, mixed with a see-through case-back. Surely, the soft iron ring will yield some improved resistance against magnetic fields, but certainly less, than what you’d find on, say, a Rolex Milgauss or IWC Ingenieur (both originally and purposefully designed to be anti-magnetic with soft iron cages and solid case-backs).

Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time 7700V Watch Watch Releases

At 43.5mm wide and 12.6mm thick, the Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time 7700V is even larger than the Overseas Chronograph, but not quite as thick. As a sport watch, the case is water-resistant to 150 meters, and is fitted with a screw-down crown. Vacheron’s new and appreciated quick-release strap system also makes its way onto this model – and they want you to use it. The Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time 7700V comes on a bracelet but includes two additional straps, one alligator and one rubber, each in black, blue, or brown to match the dial. Available in August or September of 2016, price for the Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time 7700V watch will be $37,000 USD. vacheron-constantin.com

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  • srs144

    Another site shows live shots, in which these loo amazing. Yet again, dont know why the brands only release computer renderings to the press.

    • Shane Laake

      I was wondering what made these so special until I googled some videos. Busy, but absolutely amazing. I could do with 24 time zones and a little less busy, but I’d definitely wear it!

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Just looking at this gives me a headache.

    • Shinytoys

      it comes complete with a lifetime supply of aspirin 🙂

  • iamcalledryan

    It’s gorgeous. Blue wins.

  • Juan-Antonio Garcia

    Nice, but 37 zones and not Miami on the dial? That will throw off those traveling to Art Basel.

    • Chaz

      You got something against Marquesas??

      • Juan-Antonio Garcia

        Nothing, my second home is there, so that one is very useful, but no Miami, how can I tell my home time when I am there? It will be very confusing using NY, as I have a third home there. What a mess.

  • Sevenmack

    As I said on Hodinkee, the center of the dial is lovely. Beyond that, the dial is a mess. Makes the average Citizen worldtimer seem well organized by comparison. A simple ring of abbreviations for cities, as Citizen does with the World Perpetual, would have sufficed. All and all, a waste of a great bracelet and center ring.

    • Chaz

      No…this is what you would have said on Hodinkee:

      “And did I say, this is what I said on Hodinkee? And did I mention the dial is lovely? And did I mention that beyond that, the dial is a mess? And get this…it makes the average Citizen word timer seem well organized in comparison.”
      etc etc etc….

      • Sevenmack

        Is that the best you can do? I would help you improve your comedy writing. But honestly, you couldn’t write a word of wit if it bit you on your rump.

        • Chaz

          Not a rip on you. Just reminding that the ‘Dinkee “style” is oh so unique.

          • Sevenmack

            My apologies. Dinkee is certainly,umm, unique. Like an antibiotic resistant disease.

          • Chaz

            Just don’t become a “Odinkeeyouth” (see my comment on the other thread about Ariel not liking suggesting watches for people…)

          • Sevenmack

            Given that I’m now entering middle age, that’s unlikely.

          • Shinytoys

            What’s a Dinkee? Is that slang for Schmeckel

  • Chaz

    Something about VC, much like Omega, leaves me with a big “meh” feeling. I can’t explain it. Some of the watches I really *wanna* get into. But…”meh”.

    World timers and travel time watches are a personal favorite of mine. But this one is just over done. Really…let’s face it…who keeps up with or really gives a hoot about those countries in the odd time zones? I understand India has a LOT of people, but…other than that?

    • iamcalledryan

      Iranian oil tycoon in Venezuela who holidays in the Himalayas?

      • Bill W

        It’s for the 831 people who have ever been to Eucla. And by the way, North Korea (if anybody cares) just switched to a half-hour time zone and Venezuela just switched back out to a full-hour offset. So it’s already a little off.

  • I’m loking at it on a 27” monitor and i still cant read the dial. Still it looks amazing and would happily wear it!

  • lateign

    I always liked world timer. the one from PP is great. I like VC but design is bit gross. No?

  • Timestandsstill

    I absolutely love this watch except for the price and limited power reserve. At the top of the world timer list for me.

  • Shinytoys

    The blue is magnificent. That’s a lot of writing and information on that face…very interesting.

  • FrankD51

    Nice watch but crazily priced for a stainless steel watch with this complication. For $15k you can buy the JLC World Timer with a brand new movement and True Seconds feature AND a much more attractive and less messy dial. With the VC design half the cities are upside down, with the JLC design they aren’t. The JLC doesn’t have a bracelet but suspect one will be available shortly. The VC is better finished but the JLC is no slouch in this department.

    • iamcalledryan

      Very hard to bridge the gap between these two, even though the VC is a bit more in a couple of departments, I can hardly fault the JLC.

    • Chaz

      “…but crazily priced for a stainless steel watch…”

      Two words: Vacheron + Constantin. Just like Patek + Philippe.

    • Sevenmack

      The JLC is a better-organized watch than the Vacheron, though both could use a little simplicity a la the Citizen World Perpetual by abbreviating the city names (or using airport codes). But overall, if I had no choice beyond the two, I would rather have the JLC than the Vacheron.

    • IG

      I like the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum’s dial, it has night shade over the map, too. Unfortunately all three are automatic…

      http://watchesbysjx.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Montblanc-Heritage-Spirit-Orbis-Terrarum-World-Time-1.jpg

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