Katherine S. Cunanan

Black Out

The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time and Overseas Lady Quartz watches are perfect traveling companions.

Black is back and Vacheron Constantin’s Overseas collection has two timepiece versions to suit us. The Overseas Dual Time and Overseas Lady Quartz are functional and stunning. The Overseas collection was initially launched in 2018 and it was a hit with the loyal Vacheron Constantin clients. The recent releases offer options for the bracelets too – stainless steel, rubber, or leather.


Both the Overseas Dual Time and Overseas Lady Quartz feature a beautiful black lacquer dial inside the stainless steel case. Black dials mean better readability, and that is all-important to the time-zone-changing travellers. Lacquer is notoriously challenging to work with. The craftsmen need to apply the lacquer in thin layers, allowing each layer to dry thoroughly in between applications. The work area must be as dust-free as possible too, because the slightest speck could render a dial unworthy. But don’t fret, Vacheron Constantin has it down to an art form.

The Overseas Dual Time is powered by the 5110 DT self-winding Manufacture movement, which allows two time zones to be visible quite easily. There are four hands on the watch, but it’s not as confusing as it might sound. The hours, minutes, and seconds hands are there as expected. But there is a fourth hand too. A red arrow-tipped hand marks the home time – and the red stands out against the black and silver palette. There is the date indicator at the 6 o’clock and the day/night indicator by the 9 o’clock. This is the perfect watch for the gent that needs to keep track of time at home.


The Overseas Lady Quartz has a similar black dial, but it also has something more. There are diamonds on the bezel of this watch, and they bring a touch of bling to the feminine watch. The case is 33mm in diameter, the perfect size for gentle wrists. The hexagonal bezel is more prominent on this version than it is in the gent’s watch, perhaps due to the 78 bead-set (gorgeous) diamonds. This ladies’ version has the date at 3 o’clock. In case you want something a little different, you can get the stainless steel case with the blue dial, or the pink gold model with a silver dial. While this Overseas ladies watch doesn’t allow for a second time zone, it would be a good choice. These two watches make the fitting his-and-hers watch pair.

Vacheron Constantin’s Overseas collection is dedicated to the travellers who won’t sacrifice elegance while they are on the move. The new look, thanks to the black lacquer dial, is modern and timeless. The choice of straps gives you endless possibilities. Time to get moving


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