Vacheron Constantin introduced a new version of their Dual Time at the end of 2017, officially launching the collection in January 2018 at SIHH. Today, they have unveiled a new version with a black dial, which will be available for sale next month.
For the 2019 Overseas Dual Time maintains the same 41 mm x 12.8 mm dimensions, in stainless steel, with three bracelets/straps all included: stainless steel bracelet, rubber strap, or leather strap, with the company’s toolless quick-change functionality.
The movement is also the same automatic winding (caliber 5510 DT) beating at 4 Hz, with 234 components, 37 jewels, and two barrels wound by a 22K gold oscillating weight good for 60-hours maximum (30.6 mm x 6 mm).
The main central pencil-shaped hour hand indicates “local time” (where you currently are) and the shorted red-tipped hour hand indicates “home time” which you can set to where you live while traveling, or to another location you work with on the regular, or whatever second time zone you want to track (it can also be set to the exact time as the local time). The setting of the time zones is controlled by the crown at 3 o’clock. Position 1: controls the local time with a jumping hour adjustment. Position 2: controls the home time, as well as the dragging adjustment of both timezones and minutes. The day/night indicator is synchronized to home time. The screwed crown at 4 o’clock adjusts the pointer date that is visible at 6 o’clock, and this is synchronized to local time.
All that’s new is the shiny black lacquered dial option, and the price has been reduced by $1,800. (Ref. 7900V/110A-B546) Retail is $22,900 and will be available starting December 2019.