Built in the same vein as Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak or Patek Phillippe’s Nautilus, the Vacheron Constantin Overseas is a high-end sports watch with roots in the 1970s. The Overseas’ sleek, integrated case design is a vehicle for a number of different movements and complications, and the brand is expanding its already impressive lineup with the addition of two new watches with black dials: a three-hand automatic and a chronograph.
The black-dialed Overseas Self-Winding and Overseas Chronograph do not stray far from the model’s formula. Both feature the integrated bracelet and case design and have a quick-release system that allows for quick and easy strap changes on the fly. Despite having the Geneva Seal (which means they’ve met strict requirements for movement finishing) these are far from fussy watches: both are anti-magnetic and water-resistant to 150 meters. That’s a recipe for a perfect everyday timepiece that combines the best parts of having a rugged tool watch and a highly-finished piece of high-end horology.
Perhaps the best thing about the new black dial releases, though, is the reverse panda dial design on the chronograph (a first for the brand), which pairs white sub-dials with a black background. The black-and-white design was once a fixture on classic chronographs during the mid-20th century and has recently seen a revival of sorts on high-end chronographs, thanks in no small part to a growing interest in vintage timepieces from enthusiasts.
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