Sometimes the smallest of changes has the biggest impact...

The oldest name in horology continues to remain on top with the latest evolution of the Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin.

SIHH 2019 has brought with it a new vibrant blue lacquered dial option as well as a solid rose gold bracelet for the already existing silver dial option. Let's take a look.

The new blue lacquered dial fitted on their blue rubber strap - Press image credit Vacheron Constantin

'The Overseas collection dedicated to travellers broadens its range with interpretations endowing the ultra-thin perpetual calendar with two different faces.'

One is a more relaxed version graced with a blue dial framed by a pink gold case and blue straps, and the other a more elegant interpretation fitted with a pink gold bracelet beautifully offsetting its silver-toned dial."

Let's take a look at the stats:

Case:

18K 5N pink gold
41.5 mm case width
8.1 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 5 bar (approx. 50 metres)

Dial:

silver-toned lacquered or blue-lacquered,
sunburst satin-finished base with velvet-finished minute-track
18K 5N pink gold hour-markers and hours & minutes hands highlighted with white luminescent
material

Movement:

In house automatic calibre 1120 QP/1
22K gold Overseas oscillating weight
29.6 mm (12½’’’) diameter, 4.05 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
19,800 vibrations/hour
36 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Straps:

Blue Alligator leather featuring a black nubuck lining with a micro-perforated effect
Blue rubber strap
Solid 18k rose gold bracelet

Price:

Blue dial + two straps:

$75,000

Silver dial rose gold bracelet + two straps:

$92,500

The latest additions to the Overseas collection together - Press image credit Vacheron Constantin

I am a huge fan of these new additions from Vacheron. The new blue lacquered dial option, especially on that blue rubber strap really emphasises the Overseas sporty, youthful design language.

The addition of the blue really helps those rose gold hour markers and elegant hands jump out of the dial increasing the overall watches legibility. Once both watches are side by side, you can really see how much a different dial colour and strap can vastly change the whole aesthetic of a watch.

Similarly, the new rose gold bracelet completely transforms this watch into an absolute show stopper oozing class.

Silver-toned lacquered on the new 18k rose gold bracelet - Press image credit Vacheron Constantin

Let's not forget, this watch is 8.1mm thick. It's not just a time only watch either, its a full perpetual calendar, with moonphase. And its 8.1mm thick. Incredible stuff.

These updates for Vacheron really offer the owner something quite different from each other. My personal favourite is the silver dial on the new rose gold bracelet. Once again, another great development of Vacheron's range for 2019...

Discover more about Vacheron's SIHH releases here: vacheron-constantin.com