If you were to list the traits of an ideal watch, what would they be? Perhaps a refined mechanical chronograph movement, plenty of water and magnetism resistance, angular handsome design and a versatility that can dress up for the office and stay on your wrist for whatever the weekend holds. That list pretty much describes the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph. Vacheron makes up one third of the so-called “Big Three” Swiss brands, named for their rich history of creation and prestige, the other two being Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe. But different to the other two that get all the press and the celebrity ambassadors, Vacheron seems to fly under the radar.
The company is the equivalent of the strong, silent type — the slightly nerdy guy with the handsome image in the office whom you discover is a retired pro cyclist who still wins his race category on weekends and dates an Ecuadorian supermodel. Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph is a watch that is a strong contender for the elusive “one watch” label, yet one that many people overlook. What a pity, because it should be attached with the attention from people and bought by watch collectors.
The first clue that the replica Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph is more than just a perfect looking are the screw-down chronograph push-pieces. Seen more often on dive chronographs, screw-in push-pieces are a brutally utilitarian feature that prevent unintentional activation of the start/stop and reset buttons, featuring with water resistance, functionality and durability. Unscrewed, the push-pieces release with a satisfying click and the perfect level of resistance. This is thanks to the vertical clutch column wheel chronograph movement inside, which started its life as an F. Piguet base calibre but was then modified and refined by Vacheron.