Hands-On: The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Ultra-Thin With Caliber 1120
The Overseas Ultra-Thin promptly struck us as suggestive of the Vacheron Constantin 222, from the 1970s, which was alongside watches like the Royal Oak and the Nautilus, part of the original of tempered steel watches with a coordinated arm band. Every one of the three watches, by chance, were driven by a similar development: the Jaeger-LeCoultre type 920, which was the consequence of an improvement project that elaborate Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, and Patek Philippe. The Vacheron Constantin form of this development is VC type 1120.
When we previously reported the Overseas Ultra-Thin there was some inquiry with respect to whether the development is in-house (totally made by Vacheron Constantin). While we’ve gone on record as of late that we feel “in-house” all by itself is definitely not a frightfully valuable norm by which to assess a watch, it’s important that this development is today fabricated by Audemars Piguet (this has been affirmed for us inside the most recent month by both AP and Vacheron). The rights to fabricate the development were obtained by AP in return for its stake in Jaeger-LeCoultre when the last turned out to be important for the Richemont Group.
This is, as Walt Odets brought up in his exemplary Timezone article years prior, quite possibly the most, if not the most, selective programmed developments on the planet. It’s quite mind boggling that since it was presented in 1967, it stays right up ’til the present time the most slender full-rotor self-winding development – in current creation, yet ever. Accordingly, at 2.45 mm thick in its easiest structure, it might well address such a commonsense breaking point to how thin you can make a full-rotor programmed development with pretty much conventional watchmaking materials.
In the Overseas Ultra-Thin, the outcome is a $55,700 watch in white gold, with a complete thickness of 7.5 mm, in a 40 mm breadth case. The most slender programmed watch made by Vacheron Constantin, which likewise utilizes the type 1120, is the Historiques Ultra-Fine 1968, at 5.4 mm thick. The Overseas acquires its somewhat sturdier case by means of a bright measured tie/arm band framework, which permits you to switch to and fro utilizing no devices.
With either the lash or the arm band, the Overseas Ultra-Thin does what any super dainty watch should do when you put it on: gives a shock of unadulterated actual delight. There’s something promptly erotically fulfilling about wearing it; while it’s a reference to an incredible piece of Vacheron history, just as a magnificent piece of subtly thoroughly examined designing, this is actually a watch you need to wear in the event that you truly need to comprehend its allure. It’s an extraordinary expansion to the VC arrangement, and we’re truly glad to see a work of art, super dainty games extravagance self-twisting watch back in the collection.
The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Ultra-Thin, with type 1120, is valued at $55,700. White gold just, shop as it were. Type 1120, 40-hour power hold, 2.45 mm x 28.40 mm. Case, 40 mm x 7.5 mm. More here.