It is always exciting when a new watch Boutique opens. Especially a brand like Vacheron Constantin. It has always interested me as a brand, but I never really had the chance to take a look at the models that interested me. Thank You to Vincent, Charlene and Charley for spending lots of time introducing me to the brand. Very friendly, personable, friendly and knowledgeable indeed. Just because Vacheron Constantin is one of the higher end brands, no need to feel intimidated visiting the beautiful shop, as they will make you feel comfortable. It is obvious that they love to show the watches, and do so with pleasure without sales pressure.
I spent an enjoyable hour looking at my favorite model, the Overseas Self-Winding stainless steel at 41mm. No need to be concerned about which strap or bracelet to choose. This model comes with an intricate stainless steel bracelet, the links a half Maltese Cross pattern, a dressy alligator leather strap and sportier rubber strap. There is a very clever interchangeable bracelet mechanism, which allows you to change the straps/bracelet in a minute, without any tools. My favorite of the dials was the beautiful black lacquered dial, with a real depth and refreshing change from the many popular sunburst dials.
The stainless steel bracelet finishing and comfort is second-to-none. And the excellent butterfly clasp even offers a small built-in extension of about 2mm on either side. This is unique for a butterfly clasp, I am not aware of any other brand that offers it. Unfortunately, it is a feature that is not often mentioned. There is a description of the clasp on this Deployant review, and also at the bottom of this review which I could not seem to move:
Without getting into any more detail, here is a link to a most excellent review of this very model on Monochrome, with far better pictures and detail of the strap change mechanism:
Here are a few pics I took at the Boutique. If I ever get the watch, I will certainly post more and better pics of the watch:
I really love the contrast of the grey ring at the edge of the dial, making the looks of the watch even more versatile. And the unique bezel with the six notches, again a nod to the Maltese cross, and the insides of the notches satin-brushed to contrast with the rest of the polished bezel:
Elegant alligator strap:
Thin, breathable rubber lining. Note the link at the end which fits into the spring bar:
Sporty, comfortable and supple rubber strap:
Beautiful deployant clasp (pardon the finger prints!) which fits both leather and rubber straps:
Sorry I didn't get pics of the lovely blue dial. But this silver dial stands out from both blue and black dials. It really is lovely, but in my opinion gives the watch a much sportier look. I love the black framed markers and hands:
Thanks for looking at my review. Really want to get more acquainted with this watch. I will add some more photos later, as I am sure this is not my last visit to the Boutique! It is a pleasure to visit and a great excuse for me to take a trip downtown in Vancouver!