It was easy to miss, in the haze of this year’s Watches and Wonders releases, that Vacheron Constantin announced a new iteration of their Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Skeleton replica watches for sale in pink gold with blue accents earlier this year. Now here it is, in all its golden glory.
It’s possible that (in addition to the release of the 222 taking up most of the limelight) the meticulously iterative roadmap Vacheron has followed with the AAA UK fake Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar watches took a bit of the edge off the announcement of the reference. Watching the near-yearly changes in either dial color or case metal meant that when Vacheron announced an 18k white gold skeletonized ultra-thin perpetual calendar last year, it was easy to guess what might come next. So easy, in fact, that – in a first for the Overseas perpetuals – HODINKEE didn’t cover the best replica watches when it was finally announced in March.
Luckily, I was invited to spend some time with the top copy watches. And before my Hands-On, I also got to talk with Alexander Schmiedt, President of Vacheron Constantin Americas, about the choices the brand has made in the development of the Overseas line and why dropping a movement in a new case metal isn’t as easy as you might think.
“It’s really a question of how many luxury replica watches we can produce with a movement that is extremely limited,” said Schmiedt. “When we launch any novelty, we want to give it some space to breathe. Then as you start to fill orders the original watch is probably produced a little bit less, allowing us to fill in that production in a different metal.”
That new metal, he reminded me, can take years of development. Then there’s the arduous task of skeletonizing a movement and removing just enough of the bridges and plates while maintaining strength and integrity and making it as beautiful as possible. But he also said that Vacheron has taken a meticulous design approach, choosing intentionality across product lines despite a growing interest in the Overseas.
“We’re very happy to have that demand and desirability for the Overseas,” Schmiedt says, “But we see comparable demand for our classic Swiss movements super clone watches, the Cornes de Vache, the 1921 – you can’t walk into the store and buy a 1921 now, you have to wait. The objective of Vacheron is really to keep that balance and nurture all our segments. You don’t create products because you believe somebody will like it, you have to come up with something that makes sense.”
Meticulous developments don’t necessarily mean boring ones, least of all in this case. The basic framework of Vacheron’s ultra-thin perpetual calendars has led to replica watches online site that many, including James Stacey and others at HODINKEE, rank highly among QP offerings on the market. The skeletonized pink gold watch with white accents won the Calendar and Astronomy Watch prize at the GPHG in 2020 and the full blue dial in a pink gold case with bracelet was a bold and eye-catching fan favorite, as well as a watch I loved to daydream about.
I was lucky enough to come across the non-openworked watch in the wild (the real wild, not at a watch meetup, boutique, auction, or press trip) when I was on vacation earlier this year and it was a treat. It also gives me something to compare this new watch against – the skeletonized watch doesn’t feel any different than its pink-and-blue non-skeletonized predecessor, with the same 8.1mm-thick and 41.5mm-wide case.
The Overseas Perpetual Ultra-Thin line is a great reminder of how luxurious ultra-thin 1:1 cheap fake watches can be and why they are considered a complication on their own. It’s hard to explain how much different an 8.1mm watch feels compared to something like the 13.7mm-thick Overseas Chronograph. It just feels like the pinnacle of high horology with how it hugs your wrist. And when you look down and remember you’re wearing a perpetual calendar, you almost have to laugh.
There’s something more intimate about this open-worked watch than its blue-dialed sibling, it really sings when you get it up close. Every surface of the movement is finished, hand-drawn to create a satin-brushed texture, chamfered to catch light and given a variety of decoration according to its place inside the watch. And while those surfaces may be harder to see than in the Tourbillon Skeleton – both from the dial side and because of the design of the weight in back – the replica watches store site makes up for it with the bold blue dial disks. One of my favorite elements of the watch, Vacheron’s moonphase, has a kind of whimsical nature that reminds me of looking at old-world maps and feels very much in keeping with the Maison’s approach to their Métiers d’Art design language.
I love the blue-on-pink combination. It’s eye-catching and more fun than the sporty and serious white gold and blue combination from last year, and more youthful than the more reserved gold with white dial disks. And as “loud” as a gold watch is going to be, that effect is dialed back with the skeletonized dial. The mix of the tones of the movement soften the bold case and bracelet into more balanced fake watches for men, one that’s more for your enjoyment than to draw attention from across the room.