Thursday, June 2, 2016

The 2016 Vacheron Constantin Ultra Thin Perpetual Calendar.

Amongst the Overseas range of timepiece unveiled in 2016, the one that stands out for me from Manufacture Vacheron Constantin has to be the Overseas Ultra Thin Perpetual Calendar.

This time around, Vacheron Constantin developed the entire Overseas range with in-house movements. The version I feature here is the white gold grey dial version.
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This is a typical perpetual calendar featuring sub-dials display. At 3 o'clock is the date display while the moon phase is located at 6 o'clock. Next comes the day display at 9 o'clock and finally the month and leap year at 12.
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The case plays on the Maltese Cross motif - some parts polished and some parts brushed. Notice how thin the timepiece is? The push buttons are also located on the side of the case.
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The case is 42.5mm just like the Overseas Chronograph.
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As with the Overseas Chronograph, the UTPC comes with a quick change mechanism. Unclip and remove. It is just that simple. Removing the bracelet to change it to a strap requires no tools. Similar to the Overseas Chronograph, one can have three different looks - leather strap, rubber strap or the bracelet.
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The new generation VC bracelet comes with an Easy-Fit System that allows the wearer to extend the bracelet - again without a tool, by up to 4mm for a more snug fit. No need to remove a link.
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The movement is an in-house developed Calibre 1120QP. The timepiece is also anti-magnetic and water resistant to 5 bars (equivalent to 50 metres).
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The new Overseas range features all automatic calibres and has a 22 carat rotor. Beating at 19,800 vibrations per hour (2.75 Hertz), calibre 1120QP possesses a power reserve of about 40 hours.
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A well designed package from Manufacture Vacheron Constantin.
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The Overseas range of timepieces are on display in the Ion Boutique. Do make an effort to visit them and take a look for yourself. You might fall in love with one or two models they have.

I also featured the New Overseas Chronograph which is another must-have in an enthusiast's collection. Check it out!