Created as a special project within their ambassador relationship with photographer and alpinist Cory Richards, Vacheron Constantin has officially shown their incredibly cool Overseas Dual Time Prototype, which was worn by Richards on a recent, and daring, bid to climb a new route on Everest. While the format is largely similar to the standard steel Overseas Dual Time, this unique prototype uses a titanium case with tantalum reinforcement under the bezel and a textured blue/grey dial with a slightly larger marker design.*
Richards, a successful and celebrated photographer for outlets like National Geographic, is a recent addition to the Vacheron Constantin fold, and his sporting nature and adventurous intention translates to an insanely cool watch. 41mm and very light, I got the chance to see this special prototype on both a full titanium Overseas bracelet (which I'm told was an absolute beast to manufacture) and on the mission-specific Ventile cotton strap. Both the strap and the bracelet are bespoke creations for this one-of-one prototype, and indeed the strap in these images is the very same worn by Richards on Everest.*
Aside from the titanium and tantalum construction, the Overseas Dual Time Prototype has orange accents for the dual time function and a special rotor featuring a view of Everest captured by Richards. Richard's climb, which he attempted with his climbing partner Esteban "Topo" Mena, approached Everest from the Tibetan/Chinese side and sought to establish a new route. The proposed plan was not only very intensive, but both Mena and Richards would do the climb unassisted, and without supplemental oxygen. This sort of climbing makes the entire endeavor vastly more difficult but is generally accepted as being a more pure form of alpinism and the mark of the most talented and driven mountaineers.*
The Overseas Dual Time Prototype worn by Cory Richards with a full titanium bracelet.
While terrible weather and degrading conditions forced Richards and Mena to turn back during their summit bid (and thus live to return again next year), Richards rocked this sporty and rather handsome Vacheron Constantin on the entire attempt. If like me, you're looking at this prototype as one of the more interesting and appealing creations from Vacheron in some times, the sad news is that there are no plans for production, be it limited or otherwise. A literal titanium crafted reminder of the brand's "One of not many" slogan, this Overseas Dual Time Prototype manages to capture the style and*feel inherent to a Vacheron Constantin while pushing into an uncommonly sport space which, to my eyes, begs for some sort of production model.*
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