Earlier this year at the SIHH luxury watch exhibition in Geneva (see our favorites), Vacheron Constantin—the world’s oldest continually operating watch brand—unveiled its totally revamped collection of Overseas sport watches. The collection had not been overhauled in more than a decade, and the line’s complete redesign includes a new aesthetic, as well as new movements and functions.
Today, just in time for summer, Vacheron unveils a brand-new member to the collection: the World Time watch. Designed as a modern-day travel companion, the 43.5mm stainless steel design goes above and beyond the typical genre offerings, displaying the time in 37 zones, including those that are offset by 30-minute and 15-minute increments. The timepiece—which holds the Geneva Seal, attesting to its quality craftsmanship—is powered by the caliber 2460 WT, a manufacture-made, self-winding movement consisting of 255 parts. It offers 40 hours of power reserve, is water resistant to 150 meters, is anti-magnetic, and has a sapphire caseback for viewing the movement, complete with a pink gold rotor inspired by the compass rose.
The dial, which comes in a choice of blue, brown, or silver, is made of three separate parts superimposed to offer depth, elegance, and easy reading. The center features a map of the oceans and continents, while the outer ring holds the city names. A third sapphire disk offers day/night indication and is coordinated to work in tandem with the 24-hour disk. An easy-fit interchangeable bracelet system (patent pending) makes the watch, which is sold with a bracelet, a rubber strap, and an alligator strap, extremely versatile.
The official launch takes place tonight in New York alongside a photo exhibit by famed photographer Steve McCurry, who Vacheron Constantin hired to capture important world sites in a dozen locations around the globe. From $37,000; overseas.vacheron-constantin.com.