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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time Luxury Watch Review

http://www.thewatchbox.com This 1-of-250 Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time limited edition is an 18-karat red gold blade pointed straight at the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and the Patek Philippe Nautilus. With VC's world-class finish and a complicated caliber from Jaeger-LeCoultre in the engine room, this flagship sports watch is leading the line against Vacheron's traditional haut-de-gamme rivals. Vacheron Constantin enjoys a special relationship with the U.S. market. From the railroad chronometers of the late 19th century to the 1919 and 1921 "American" models to this Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time, the link between VC and the USA has been inextricable. The very name "Overseas" pays tribute to Francois Constantin's pivotal 1819 voyage to build his brand in the USA, and the engraved image a full-rigged ship acknowledges the seminal event on the case back of each Overseas Dual Time. In part because of that solid engraved case back, the massive 42.5mm red gold Overseas Dual Time feels more substantial than a typical large gold sports watch. As robust as its proportions are, the Overseas seems to split the difference between a gold watch and a platinum timepiece when experienced on the wrist, and the meaty metal feel is a true pleasure for the watch's fortunate owner. Every facet of the tapered Maltese Cross bracelet links is finished so as to assure silky-smooth wrist feel. Despite its heft, the bracelet never pinches skin or catches arm hair. A double-deployant clasp exudes vault-like quality, and the broad case back spreads its mass evenly to avoid hot spots on the forearm. Comfort is the prevailing theme. A brilliant chocolate-bronze sunburst metallic dial turns the visual warmth of this Vacheron Constantin to the limit. Charming and riveting at the same time, the complexity of the sunburst rays, sunken sundials, gloss concave chapter ring, and applied red gold indexes engrossed the eyes of owners and admirers alike. A second time zone with AM/PM indicator at six o'clock keeps track of distant locations while a power reserve indicator at nine o'clock tracks the state of wind. Unseen below the glistening mocha visage is a full soft iron "Faraday" case that shields the VC 1222 automatic caliber from the magnetic flux of modern office equipment, home theater setups, and car stereos. The VC 1222 hails from a long line of complicated calibers developed for Vacheron Constatnin by Vallee de Joux movement masters Jaeger-LeCoultre. Long revered by connoisseurs as the "watchmaker's watchmaker," Jaeger-LeCoultre has produced movements for the likes of Patek Philippe, Cartier, Audemars Piguet, Girard-Perregaux, and yes, Vacheron itself. See this outstanding Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time limited edition in high-resolution images with extensive Vacheron Constantin accessories on www.thewatchbox.com. Video and content by Tim Mosso.