Vacheron Constantin Launches Overseas World Time – BLOUIN ARTINFO
Taking the idea of global nomad to whole new level, Vacheron Constantin has released the Overseas World Time, a new wristwatch that tells the time in 37 time zones simultaneously on its dial.
In a 43.5 mm-diameter case housing a Caliber 2460 WT, the self-winding watch features a “Lambert” projection map depicting the continents and oceans on the display, ringed by a translucent lacquered disc bearing various city names such as Tokyo, Geneva and New York. These cities are markers for time zones, and there are also places that are off-set by a half-hour or quarter-hour in relation to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
A third sapphire disc, laid over the map, indicates day and night according to a 24-hour disc — with the period between 6.30pm and 6.30am conveniently highlighted with a black background. Last but certainly not least, a translucent lacquered velvet-finished outer ring indicates the time in hours and minutes.
All the indications powered by the mechanism, a 22K gold oscillating weight bearing a wind rose, are easily adjusted by toggling the crown. (Explore the watch online at Vacheron Constantin.)
The venerated Swiss manufacturer created this watch as a response to an increasingly connected world of frequent travelers. The timepiece even comes with interchangeable bracelets that are ingeniously locked into place via a folding clasp. The options are stainless steel, alligator leather, or rubber, making the watch a versatile accessory no matter the time of day, or the wearer’s location.
Vacheron Constantin celebrated the worldwide launch of the watch on the elevated and historic New York City landmark, The High Line, on May 25, 2016. The evening included an exhibition of renowned photographer Steve McCurry’s images from New York, Mexico, China, India, Japan, and the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture in Geneva — all set against breathtaking views of New York’s Hudson River. The fête was capped off with a live musical performance by Grammy award-winning band, A Great Big World.