The Maison of Vacheron Constantin has always been inspired by different continents and cultures. This year they invited us to travel “through the eyes” of Steve McCurry, as an exceptional collaboration was announced with the great photographer to illustrate the Overseas collection.
Steve MCurry is a Philadelphia-born photographer and is well-known for creating powerful images. He focuses on the human consequences of war, conflicts and poverty, discovering countries like Afghanistan, Vietnam, Russia, Tibet or Cambodia. His most famous photo is the “Afghan Girl” (made in a refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan).
He had an interesting project, the Kodachrome – the Kodak company let him shoot the last ever produced roll of Kodachrome transparency film. He dedicated these last 36 frames that would ever be shot on that film to portraits. His workmanship has been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, the National Press Photographers Award, and four first prize awards from the World Press Photo contest amongst many others.
The collaboration between Vacheron Constantin and McCurry is about to discover 12 unexpected locations around the world. This odyssey will begin in Geneva in February 2016 and will continue across the globe for an entire year.
The vision of the photographer is a great match for to the new Overseas models which tended to be the ideal companions of modern-day travellers.
Vacheron Constantin has always been keen on creating reliable watches for explorers. For example in 1898 they presented a water-resistant pocket watch capable of withstanding extreme conditions. In 1977 the brand marked its 222nd anniversary with the sporty but refined “222”, it was fitted with a screwed-down bezel and case-back guaranteeing water-resistance to 120 metres.
The Overseas line was born in 1996, and it made a tribute to Amerigo Vespucci with a depiction of his famous three-mast ship – you are invited by the Maison to travel to the seven seas.
The new Overseas are great in design, comfort and wear – they could be the appreciated everyday partners of any globetrotter. The six-sided bezel, the lugs and the fluted crown evoke the lines of the Maltese cross, the brand’s trademark. The case-back, fitted with a sapphire crystal, reveals a 22k gold oscillating weight adorned with a wind rose. The line includes five new models (12 different references – simple displays, chronographs and ultra-thin timepieces) equipped with Manufacture movements – including three new calibres – and interchangeable bracelets. With the removable steel/gold bracelets, and leather and rubber straps that can be fitted with a folding clasp, without any tools, it is easy to change the style of the watch.
The most “robust” model is the Overseas Chronograph which comes in a stainless steel or 18K pink gold 42.5 mm-diameter case and is powered by the Calibre 5200. The look is completed with a silver-toned or blue dial and rosy beige in the case of the pink gold version.
The small models have a stainless steel or 18K pink 37 mm-diameter case and these pieces received the new Calibre 5300 developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin.
In the line the calibre is protected from magnetic disturbances by a soft iron ring, the case-back ensures water-resistance to 150 metres, except for the ultra-thin models (the 1120 and 1120 QP) with which you can dive safely to 50 metres.
Photo credits: Vacheron Constantin, Loupiosity.com.
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