With its new Traditionnelle Tourbillon Chronograph, the haute horlogerie specialists at Vacheron Constantin replica unite two of watchmaking’s most sophisticated mechanisms — a tourbillon and a monopusher chronograph — in a distinctly elegant package. The watch will be among the highlights from 24 presenting watch brands at the all-virtual event on October 22-24. Here is a sneak preview.
Instantly eye-catching at 12 o’clock on the silvered opaline dial fake Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle is the tourbillon, with its hallmark Maltese cross-inspired carriage. The movement mode for this carriage, rather than being driven by the pinion of the fourth wheel as in most tourbillons, is set in motion by an intermediate wheel of the running seconds display. This configuration enables an extremely wide opening on the upper plate and thus an uncommonly large aperture on the dial. Sharing space on the dial are a 45-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock and an indicator for its 65-hour power reserve at 6 o’clock. The chronograph mechanism — operated by a monopusher embedded in the fluted crown for stop, start, and restart — is equipped with an “all-or-nothing” activation system that prevents accidental activation by applying insufficient pressure to the pusher. Bordering the dial are a railway track minute ring and a tachymeter scale; sweeping over it are gold Dauphine hands.
Behind the sapphire exhibition back of the 42.5-mm rose gold case is Caliber 3200, a manual-wound manufacture movement that was introduced on the occasion of Vacheron Constantin’s 260th anniversary. Seven years in the R&D stage, and comprised of 292 pieces, it incorporates a number of technologically advanced features to heighten precision and reliability and enhance user friendliness — like the “dragging-display” 45-minute chronograph counter, which replaces a more conventional 30-minute counter on the dial of the aaa quality Vacheron Constantin replica watch, and the lower 2.5 Hz balance frequency, which allows for a better view of the tourbillon’s rotations. The chronograph device incorporates a column wheel with a lateral clutch to ensure smooth activation and reduce long-term wear. The bar of the tourbillon cage is entirely hand-finished, and the movement boasts a number of high-horology finishes, including chamfering, circular graining, and côtes de Genève.
The 42.5 mm copy Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Tourbillon Chronograph is mounted on a dark brown Mississippi alligator leather strap with a saddle finish and large square scales; it attached to the wrist with an 18k rose gold folding clasp that also evokes the imagery of the Maltese cross.
In 2016, Vacheron Constantin new replica watches released a needed refresh of its only sport watch collection, the Overseas. This included a slew of new members of the Overseas family ranging from an ultra-thin two-hand model, a perpetual calendar, the Overseas Simple Date, and the Overseas Chronograph. These latter two models each introduced new, modern movements which in my opinion were important to the future success of what the Overseas collection should mean for Vacheron Constantin. Today I spend more time with the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph 5500V family of timepieces in my latest aBlogtoWatch watch review.
I found the modern Overseas Chronograph to be a rather decent watch with welcome features and a comfortable fit on the wrist. On paper, Vacheron Constantin offers more or less everything fans of the outgoing Overseas watch collection seemed to want in an updated model. With that said, I found something lacking in the design and overall presentation. When it comes to price, personality, and poise, I think the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph misses in a few too many areas to be a truly iconic watch. With that said, it is most certainly a good pick for a particular buyer.
I’ll begin by discussing some of my bigger problems with the watch, and then proceed to mention more minor nitpicks below while also espousing the virtues that this watch most certainly has. I will say again that Vacheron Constantin has in most ways upgraded the existing Vacheron Constantin Overseas replica watches collection with a new product that is certainly more desirable in most ways.
Even at a retail price dangerously close to $30,000, the Overseas range has some serious competition from at least two other brands. Interestingly enough, the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph is the middle priced option among the competition’s luxury sport chronograph watches. I don’t always discuss competitor watches to a piece I am reviewing – and I have a lot of good reasons for that. With that said, in certain instances, discussing the competition is very important. This is particularly true when a watch isn’t just a tool, but a bona fide lifestyle piece. That means being expensive, and being prestigious is a core part of the ownership experience of a Vacheron Constantin, or competitor brands such as Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe.
It is those two brands specifically which the Overseas is trying to compete with. More specifically the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak fake watches and the Patek Philippe Nautilus. Both have chronograph versions as well as three-hand versions, and both are serious success stories among modern luxury sport watches. Competing with the Royal Oak or the Nautilus is a daunting, and very challenging uphill battle.