The Overseas Chronograph watch bearing the Hallmark of Geneva is equipped with Calibre 5200, a self-winding chronograph movement developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin. This 263-component calibre is fitted with a column wheel coordinating the chronograph start, stop and reset functions, a vertical coupling clutch preventing any jerking of the hand when the chronograph starts, and a twin barrel enhancing its torque and its reliability while ensuring over 50 hours of power reserve. Protected from magnetic fields by a soft iron ring, it powers the hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph and date indications.
The dial of this Vacheron Constantin Mens Watches Prices Replica Traditionnelle Entire Calendar Collection Excellence Platine is very clean and legible for a full calendar, because of the symmetrical placement of the apertures for the day and month above the 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock hour markers, in place of the more commonly used sub-dials. A blued hand to the pointer-style date farther assists legibility and reduces dial clutter, keeping the overall design easy and elegant.The dauphine-style hands, Maltese cross symbol and “bâtons de Genève” hour-markers (a fancy name for sticks) are notably made from platinum, but instead 18ct white gold. The main reason for this could be that the machines used to create hands and indices are put up for gold rather than platinum — such small pieces would be incredibly difficult to craft out of platinum, possibly the most challenging metals to operate with from the luxury watch market. Still, at this price point it could have a been a small, but neat bit of added focus, that could have worked well with the Pt950 bloating on the dial.A railroad minute track runs the periphery of the dial, with a well-proportioned second hand reaching all the way to said trail along with the hour hand sitting comfortably just in the hour mark. Too often manufacturers compromise legibility with hands that are just a tad too brief or too long, a little qualm perhaps more decorative than practical in nature, but one we thankfully do not have to quibble about with all the Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Complete Calendar Collection Excellence Platine. The hands and hour markers are bi-faceted, which should provide a drama of light and a few visual interest on the otherwise sandblasted platinum dial.At prime place near 6 o’clock on this dial is the moon phase indicator, which utilizes a mechanism more exact than the standard ones, since it takes over 122 years to allow it to be off with a complete day. We all know that’s an arbitrary method of deciding the accuracy of a moon phase screen, but accuracy certainly isn’t the real reason for the popularity of this “poetic” display.
The Overseas Chronograph comes in a stainless steel or 18K pink gold 42.5 mm-diameter case water-resistant to 150 metres. Its transparent back reveals a 22K gold oscillating weight adorned with a wind rose. The stainless steel models are each delivered with three interchangeable bracelet/straps: a steel bracelet with an easy-fit system, along with rubber and leather straps. The two latter are fitted with an equally interchangeable stainless steel folding clasp.