While some of the fashions of the 1970s divide opinion, the decade undeniably gave us a number of horological classics, as well as an all-new category: the stainless steel sport-luxury watch. Gérald Genta and Jorg Hysek—the main watch designers of the era—have names with cachet, like Yves Saint Laurent or Halston but for watch geeks. And one of the best-known watches of the 1970s, the Hysek-designed Vacheron Constantin 222, has provided the design DNA for the company’s aptly renamed Overseas range for nearly 40 years. Like the name implies, its adaptability and durable stainless steel construction suit it well to a peripatetic lifestyle.
The new Overseas World Time adds a watchmaking complication created with travelers in mind. As its concentric rings of international places suggest, the model provides the time in a host of global destinations. While most world time watches only show the standard 24 time zones, the Overseas World Time has 37, accounting for the seldom-referenced half and quarter zones situated in remote corners of the world, daring its wearer to venture off the beaten path. Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time; $37, 100, vacheron-constantin.com
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