And so the new Overseas is here and ready to take on the world. Good-looking, easy to wear and practical, Selmoni believes that the collection is more than fit for purpose: “For now, our job is complete,” he says. “But it was a hard road. If we look back to Vacheron Constantin watches of the past, we always did a lot at the same time – women’s watches, decorative watches, serious complications etc. As a result we don’t have an ‘iconic’ piece like Audemars Piguet does with the Royal Oak, so, when looking at products from a business point of view, we have to implement them in the style of Vacheron – this comes above the individual nature of the watches. So you expect them to be elegant, refined, balanced.
“It is not easy and the challenge with the new Overseas was to create something that embodies the Vacheron Constantin style while remaining a sports casual watch. That was the challenge and that is why we have incorporated finishes more usually associated with dress watches.”