Effectively they did it. They lastly did it. After almost two full years of shrugging off questions and exhausting “will-they-or-won’t-they” hypothesis, Vacheron Constantin has made good on the titanium Abroad prototype worn by filmmaker and Nationwide Geographic photographer Cory Richards throughout the alpinist’s Mount Everest summit bid again in 2019. Granted, it’s not fully the identical watch – Richards’ prototype was full titanium and was fitted with tantalum reinforcements on the crowns and bezel, which had been seated neatly between newly sculpted crown guards built-in within the 9 o’clock facet of the case. This time round, these two new references are constructed utilizing the identical rugged footprint however with stable chrome steel circumstances and completed with contrasting titanium components as an alternative of the tougher tantalum — hearkening not the Richards prototype however somewhat the gray-dialed second technology Abroad “Deepstream” references from the early aughts, which had been constructed utilizing the identical mixture of alloys. So no matter you name it — a sequel, a sibling, or only a straight-up remix — these new “Everest” references are each bit as sporty and stirring as the primary time we laid eyes on the prototype.
Model: Vacheron Constantin
Mannequin: Abroad Restricted Editions “Everest” Chronograph (ref. 5510-000T-B923) & Twin Time (ref. 7910V/000T-B922)
Dimensions: 42.5mm (Chronograph), 41mm (Twin Time)
Water Resistance: 150 meters
Case Materials: Stainless-steel, with titanium Maltese Cross bezel
Crystal/Lens: Sapphire back and front
Motion: Vacheron Constantin cal. 5200/2 (Chronograph), Vacheron Constantin cal. 5110 DT/2 (Twin Time), each actions Geneva-certified
Energy Reserve / Frequency: 52 hours (Chronograph), 60 hours (Twin Time)
Strap/Bracelet: Grey Cordura material with orange stitching and black nubuck leather-based lining, contains second strap in grey rubber
Value & Availability: $31,300 USD (Twin Time), $37,000 USD (Chronograph)
Delicate variations in case make-up apart, Vacheron was sensible to take care of a number of of the opposite key components that made the Richards prototype so fetching: particularly the absolutely matte grey bezel and crown components, which successfully de-bling your entire frontal profile of the watch, granting it rather more of an incognito-lux presence on the wrist. Furthering this impact is the deeply stamped dial, which makes use of a heavy textured graining to reduce reflections and maintain the entire thing flying comfortably underneath the radar. However what was a darker grey and black dial on the prototype is now a lighter gray-blue, contrasting the darkish 18k gold markers, the brilliant orange counters, strap stitching, and GMT hand — tones that each one properly complement the earthier hues one may discover round nightfall means up within the excessive alpine.
The reverse view of each watches stays fairly in line with the unique prototype, with the stable 22k gold rotor bearing a view of Mount Everest, as photographed by Richards in certainly one of his earlier expeditions. Additionally fairly cool is how the motion plates and bridges have been handled with a particular NAC coating, leaving them with a stealthy darkish grey end that neatly contrasts the brilliant gold of the rotor and different components of the gear practice. Each watches are powered by Vacheron Constantin’s personal current Geneva-sealed calibres — the cal. 5200/2 column wheel chronograph, and the cal. 5110 DT/2 twin time, with its independently adjustable hour hand and quickset date indicator at 6 o’clock, set by the pusher at 4 o’clock. It’s additionally a bit simpler right here to see simply how deeply seated the crown and pushers are into the case band, due to the brand new profile — it’s principally from this view which you can see that that is a completely new case, and never simply the straight-sided case maintained on all three generations of current Abroad watches.
Now, right here’s the troublesome half. Each watches are fairly restricted, fairly costly, and reserved solely for Vacheron Constantin boutiques. The Everest Twin Time is the extra approachable reference, with a worth of $31,300 — which is a bit over a ten% premium above the usual chrome steel variant, and that’s with out the bracelet (granted, these with completionist tendencies can nonetheless add the usual chrome steel bracelet individually, now that the circumstances are additionally rendered in chrome steel) and the Everest Chronograph will set the collector again $37,000, roughly the identical premium over the usual chrome steel column wheel-equipped Abroad chronograph. It’s fairly some huge cash for what’s ostensibly a really dressed-down conventional luxurious sports activities watch, however with crossover watches nonetheless all the fad, it’s additionally nonetheless a fraction of the value of the unique one-of-one Richards prototype which hammered for a bit over $100,000 when it was auctioned for charity by Philips on the finish of 2019. For extra info, you may take a deep dive on the Abroad assortment at vacheron-constantin.com.