Introducing: The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon

By Jon Bues

Quick Take

What we have here is the very first tourbillon ever to join the Overseas collection. It’s stainless steel, in keeping with this ranges roots, and, coming with extra rubber and alligator straps, it features Vacheron’s easy strap change system. The tourbillon caliber used for this new watch is the in-house caliber 2160, which features automatic winding via a peripheral rotor and a massive-for-a-tourbillon 80-hour power reserve. Viewed from the back, this is a nice looking movement thanks to the peripheral winding system, which ensure that the winding mechanism never blocks the tourbillon. It’s also a relatively new caliber that debuted just last year in gold and platinum executions in the Traditionnelle line, which I enjoyed wearing when I reviewed it last year. It also joins GMT, chronograph and perpetual calendar options in the Overseas range, signaling that Vacheron is intent on building out its sports luxury line with a wide range of features and complications.

Initial Thoughts

At 42.5mm in diameter, this watch is on the larger side of watches I would tend to wear. Wondering where other watches in the Overseas range fall in terms of size, I went back and checked the size of the Overseas chronograph, and confirmed that that watch is also 42.5mm. I didn’t find that one to be too bulky at all back when I wore it for a short time last spring. So I’m interested in going hands on with this tourbillon when I see it in an SIHH booth. I fully get that pairing a high-complication with a classy sports watch is not going to be for everyone, but I for one think that this is a cool-looking watch with a blue dial.

The Basics

Brand: Vacheron Constantin
Model: Overseas Tourbillon
Reference Number: 6000V/110A-B544

Diameter: 42.5mm
Thickness: 10.39mm
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial Color: Translucent blue-lacquered, sunburst satin-finished base with velvet-finished flange
18k white gold hour-markers and hours & minutes hands highlighted with white luminescent material
Indexes: White gold hour markers
Lume: Yes
Water Resistance: 50 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Steel bracelet, half Maltese cross-shaped polished and satin-brushed links. Delivered with a second strap in blue Mississippiensis alligator leather featuring a blue nubuck lining with a micro-perforated effect, hand-stitched, large square scales. Delivered with a third strap in blue rubber.

The Movement

Caliber: Vacheron Constantin 2160
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds (on tourbillon)
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