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The Nicest Watch of 2021 Is Here

Venerable watchmaker Vacheron Constantin drops... a sports watch?
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After 265 years of continuous operation, Vacheron Constantin is known for many things. Its cloisonné and enamel work. Its hand-polishing and its incredibly fancy and complicated dials, some of which are the most accurate ever made. Its watches are beautiful and almost laughably unattainable. They can look like antiques, and with good reason – some of them are. With Vacheron Constantin one is in the world of maisons, of minute repeater tourbillons, and of models called things like Traditionnelle Complete Calendar Collection Excellence Platine.

Though Vacheron has introduced a number of newer lines more recently, including the more casual Overseas and Les Historiques, based on classic designs from the mid-20th Century, this top-shelf fine watchmaker has always looked best paired with a Savile Row suit and a pair of George Cleverley shoes.

Until now. Because its new watch is sports watch. The Overseas Limited Editions “Everest” is described as “a watch for sports enthusiasts and adventurers” and comes accompanied by photos of a Cory Richards, the “adventure photographer” known for ascending Everest, in orange climbing gear clambering up a sheer cliff face. It was apparently inspired by a prototype built for one of Richards’ climbs. (In 2019 Vacheron threw an event in New York to welcome back Richards and his watch.)

Overseas Dual Time Everest

Photo by VACHERON CONSTANTIN.
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And what a fantastic-looking watch it is. The case is titanium and steel, the dial a suitably outdoorsy blue-grey and it comes in two versions, a dual time and a chronograph, both with bright orange details on the hands, strap, and other indicators. Each model is limited to 150 pieces.

Perhaps most impressively it still looks like a Vacheron Constaintin, and presumably runs to perfection with individual in-house calibres in each.

If you’re fortunate enough not to have to return to an office anytime soon, perhaps it’s time to retire the Historiques Cornes De Vache 1955 and slip into something less polished.

It’s possibly the last thing we expected from Vacheron Constantin but the elite watchmaker just made an elite sports watch.

It’s wrong to have favorites – but this is our favorite watch of 2021.

vacheron-constantin.com

This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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