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This 'Panda Style' Watch Is An Instant Classic

Vacheron Constantin releaseas black-dial editions of the Overseas model.
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With the the spirit of travel and escapism in mind, Vacheron Constantin released the Overseas watch 20 years ago. Key details of the favorite model include a distinctive six-sided bezel, a self-winding movement, high legibility, and the recent addition of bracelet and strap interchangeablity.

This year, the Swiss watchmakers gives the Overseas a makeover with powerful black dials. The new styles come in two versions: an understated self-winding three-hand watch and a chronograph. 


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Notably, the choronograph's pairing of a black dial and three silver-toned counters creates one of the most appealing watch designs ever made: the panda dial. This iconic style (think Paul Neman and his Daytona) is aesthically pleasing, a little funny, and also useful. The color scheme recalls the cuddly face of a panda (can you see its two eyes staring back at you?), while the high contrast serves only to make the watch details more readable. 

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This one, in particular, is even more special as it is a “reverse panda” with light counters set against black (a panda has patches of black against mostly white fur, you know). 



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What you'll also like are the interchangeable straps, which can change the mood of the Overseas in an instant. These come in either a stainless steel bracelet formed by half Maltese crosses or straps in alligator leather or sporty rubber, and can be installed without the use of tools. 

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Suitable for anytime and any place, both the panda and the three-hand style are strong candidates for your daily timekeeper.



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