A watch showing 37 zone-times, including zone-times offset by a half-hour or quarter-hour in relation to UTC time. That´s the ultimate travel companion!
Actually 39 timezones with 39 zone-times exist, 38 are in use. The latest prominent zone-time change in a timezone was the one in Venezuela. May 1st the government decided to eliminate the 30 minutes deviation and to return to UTC – 4:00. From 1912 to 1965 Venezuela was at UTC -4:30, then past to UTC -4:00 until 2007. In 2007 Venezuela changed back to UTC -4:30. The recent change is a test, so it is not sure if Venezuela will stay at UTC – 4:00 or change again to – 4:30. The government will decide upon if it could save energy with the change or not. I assume there will be no major energy savings but the country will stay at UTC – 4:00 simply because its easier for everyone to deviate from the rest of the world in full hour steps.
As you can imagine now for Vacheron Constantin CEO Charly Torres it is not easy to launch a World Time watch. Look at the dial here underneath … It still indicates Caracas at UTC – 4:30.
When Charly ordered the dials and the mechanic parts to drive it he did not know about a possible change of the zone-time in Venezuela.
I called Charly yesterday and asked him what he considers to do.
This is what he told me: “There is a 50:50 chance that with the first watches that hit the markets already launch a vintage watch or not. If Venezuela stays at UTC – 4:00 some of these watches definitely will be vintage. If they go back to UTC -4:30 we were lucky not to change the dial and the mechanic parts underneath. Let´s wait and see what will happen.”
Whatever will happen one thing is true already today: the Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time is a stunning timepiece!
Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces
The dial of the Overseas World Time displays no less than 37 zone-times, including those that are off-set by a half-hour or quarter-hour in relation to UTC time.
The display comprises three parts…
… The centre features a “Lambert” projection map depicting the continents (enhanced by a sunburst satin-brushed finish) and the oceans (in a velvet 1 finish), along with a translucent lacquered disc bearing the city names. A third sapphire disc laid over the map provides day/night indications by means of subtly graded smoky tints, synchronised with the 24-hour disc. Finally, a translucent lacquered velvet-finished outer ring serves to indicate the hours and minutes.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time
The ultimate travel companion
The Overseas World Time features a 43.5 mm-diameter steel-case housing the in-house Calibre 2460 WT bearing the Hallmark of Geneva.
The balance-wheel of the self-winding movement patented, developed and crafted by by the Geneva manufacturer oscillates at 28,800 A/h (= 4 Hz) and has a 40-hour power reserve.
Its 22 carat-gold oscillating weight bears a wind rose – a universal symbol indicating the cardinal points for travellers – adorned with sandblasted, polished and finely grained finishing.
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
36.6 mm (11’’’1⁄4) diameter, 7.55 mm thick
4 Hz (28,800 A/h)
Stainless steel case
Soft iron casing ring ensuring anti-magnetic protection
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 15 bar (approx. 150 metres)
All the indications powered by this mechanism are easily adjusted via the crown.
The short video shows the use of the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time which is powered by the same calibre.
So the only thing you need to do is to pull out the crown when you changed the timezone and readjust the indicated timezone at “6 o´clock”. All the indications on the dial will then again show the correct zone-times around the world and the main hands will show you the correct local time. VERY EASY!
The Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time also features a bracelet easy-fit system.
Each of the three versions is delivered with a stainless steel bracelet – half Maltese cross-shaped polished and satin-brushed links …
7700V/110A-B172 – blue dial
7700V/110A-B129 – silver-toned dial
7700V/110A-B176 – brown dial
A second black/blue/brown Mississippiensis alligator leather strap featuring a black nubuck lining with a micro-perforated effect, hand-stitched, large square scales …
… and a third strap in black/blue/brown rubber.
The interchangeable solution for these bracelets and their folding clasp means they can be switched and secured without any tools, while guaranteeing the same firm hold as on any traditional fixed bracelet.
>>> On page 2 you will find additional pictures of the three versions of theVacheron Constantin Overseas World Time >>>