In 2019 explorer and National Geographic photographer Cory Richards wore a prototype Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time during his (third) Everest expedition, with Esteban “Topo” Mena, via the North-East ridge. The watch was subsequently auctioned by Phillips, realising USD106,250, and the proceeds went to National Geographic Society for education and cultural preservation.
Now, you can have your own Overseas “Everest”, with Vacheron Constantin releasing two 150-piece (numbered) limited edition models inspired by the Richards watch – the Overseas Chronograph “Everest” and the Overseas Dual Time “Everest”.
Both new models use a combination of titanium and steel. The case, bezel, pushers and pusher guards are titanium, with differing finishes – satin-brushed satin-brushed and polished for the case, polished for the pushers, and bead blasted for the bezel, crown and pusher guards. The bezel ring is stainless steel. Sizing-wise, the Overseas Chronograph “Everest” is 42.55mm and the Dual Time is “Everest” is 41mm. Both have a water resistance of 150m.
On the dial side, both have a grey-blue grained finish punctuated by orange accents for the complication hands. The applied hour markers, minutes, seconds, and counter hands are all 18K gold, with the hour markers and hour/ minute hands filled with blue Super-LumiNova®.
With your classic chronograph registers and a date window at 4:30 on the dial, the Chronograph “Everest” is powered by the automatic in-house Calibre 5200/2, a column wheel chronograph movement which beats at 28,800VPH, and has a power reserve of 52 hours. The calibre features anthracite-coloured NAC coating and a 22 kt pink gold winding rotor engraved with Mount Everest in relief. This image of Mount Everest is based on a photo taken by Cory Richards.
Now onto the Dual Time “Everest”. Its dial has a GMT/ second time zone/ ‘home time’ hand with an AM/PM indicator at 9 o’clock which is synchronised with the home time, and a date at 6 o’clock which is set by a pusher and synchronised with local time. The dual time function hands are orange.
Inside the Dual Time is the automatic in-house Calibre 5110 ET/2. With the same anthracite-coloured NAC coating as the Chronograph model and also with the same engraved 22 kt pink gold rotor, it beats at 28,800VPH and has a power reserve of 60 hours.
The orange accents on both watches are carried through to the stitching on the grey Cordura® strap, which has black nubuck calfskin lining. The straps come on a titanium/ stainless steel folding clasp and have the Vacheron Constantin strap-changing system. You can swap it with the second grey rubber strap.
The two new Overseas “Everest” models are boutique-only, limited to 150 pieces each, and priced at AUD 53,500 for the Chronograph and AUD 44,900 for the Dual Time (including taxes).
There may only be one Mount Everest, but this is the second watch with this name, so if you already have the Smiths Everest watch, you could start a collection?
Earlier this year there was a two-part documentary called “The Inside Story Of Mount Everest’s Deadliest Climbing Season – A Deadly Ascent” which was broadcast on the ABC in Australia but which is able to be viewed online (see below) and well worth watching.
[Photo credit: Vacheron Constantin]