Hail to the Red, White and Blue…USA! USA!
This vivid looking watch is a “boutique exclusive” from Swiss watch heavyweight Vacheron Constantin — the watch was created to celebrate the opening of Vacheron’s first boutique in the United States, located in New York. Loyal readers of this blog may recall that this is not the first Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph created exclusively for a certain geography or boutique – in fact I’ve profiled many of these special Overseas Chronograph’s in the past year:
- Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph for Turkey (June 2010)
- Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph for Greece (June 2010)
- Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph for Italy-Pisa Orologeri (September 2010)
Observe that, of all the special editions mentioned above, the “New York” edition is the only to feature a perpetual calendar — in fact this is Vacheron Constantin’s first “high complication” ever to be included in a steel Overseas case. As for the look of the watch, I like the color choice, however I don’t particularly care for the date subdial design that Vacheron uses on this watch (as well as others) — the “31″ and the “1″ are a squished together in a manner that I’ve never liked, and the “9″ is easily confused for a “6″.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph Perpetual Calendar
Limited edition of 20 individually numbered pieces- Price: $57,900 per
42mm stainless steel case, water-resistant to 150 meters, anti-magnetic soft iron cage within the case
Each watch includes two straps: one in blue alligator leather with a red lining and the other in chestnut brown calfskin
The caseback of this watch depicts the “standard” sea vessel that appears on almost all the Overseas watches – the Amerigo Vespucci. In this case, you can also see the “N°X/20” and “Madison and 64th” engravings:
Oh, by the way — this watch is one of three new special editions that Vacheron Constantin announced to commemorate its new New York boutique — You can see the other two, as well as a few good live shots of all three, over at friend-of-the-house Hodinkee.