Launched as a part of the renewal of the complete assortment in 2016, the Abroad Chronograph has lengthy been seen because the sportiest and boldest watch of Vacheron Constantin‘s luxurious sports activities watch vary. Initially out there with a full-silver or blue dial in metal or with a silver dial in an 18k pink gold case, the gathering has been expanded with a brown dial, a reverse panda dial and a blue-and-gold mannequin. And now, in 2023, seven years after the discharge of this reference 5500V, the version many had been ready for is lastly right here… Meet the extremely anticipated Panda Dial Vacheron Constantin Abroad Chronograph.
The launch of this new, long-awaited panda model of the Abroad Chronograph coincides with the discontinuation of a number of earlier variations. The brown mannequin, in addition to the traditional full-silver dial, are actually gone, leaving house for under three chrome steel editions: blue dial, black with white counters “reverse panda”, and the brand-new version you see right here.
Let’s get straight to the purpose. Technically and concerning specs, there’s nothing new with this reference. It’s the identical watch as earlier than, with the identical design and an identical motion. Sure, it’s simply concerning the dial color. But, we’ve stated it on numerous events: a brand new dial could make a whopping distinction and completely change the look of a watch. Does it do this right here? To me, sure! The traditional full-silver version was slightly good however not placing; a bit too shy, a bit too monochromatic, and a bit too tone-on-tone. Issues improved rather a lot with the launch of the reverse panda mannequin in 2018, including distinction between the silver tone of the metal case and the depth of the black dial. And, after all, the silver counters introduced their very own layer of distinction to the dial.
It’s the identical recipe this yr with the Abroad Chronograph Panda Dial… virtually. A mirror picture of the black model, this new dial provides black contrasting sub-counters to the traditional silver dial. And to make it a bit completely different too, there’s a velvety black internal flange, whereas all different fashions have a tone-on-tone flange. The dial retains its a number of textures, with a sunray-brushed base coated with translucent varnish, a matte minute observe and snailed counters. The remaining is an identical, with white gold faceted utilized markers and arms, all crammed with Tremendous-LumiNova, and a framed date window at 4:30. The results of this new panda dial is a watch that conveys a extra highly effective character.
As for the remaining, it shares the identical specs as earlier variations of the Abroad Chronograph. This implies a cushion-shaped case of respectable dimensions – 42.5mm in diameter, 13.7mm in thickness – with its signature Maltese Cross-inspired bezel, screwed crown and pushers, and traditional, high-end finishings with brushed and polished surfaces. The case is strong, with 150m water-resistance and a soft-iron internal case for anti-magnetism.
The Vacheron Constantin Abroad Chronograph Panda is delivered on a metal bracelet, closed by a folding buckle with consolation launch, in addition to two further black straps in leather-based and rubber. In fact, the sensible and patented interchangeable system has been retained. Contained in the case, the watch beats to the rhythm of the in-house built-in computerized calibre 5200 with a Geneva Seal/Poinçon de Genève high quality. This contemporary chronograph encompasses a column wheel and vertical clutch, conventional decorations and is wound by a 22k gold rotor with an Abroad design. The 2 barrels guarantee 52h of energy reserve.
Availability & Worth
The brand new Vacheron Constantin Abroad Chronograph Panda Dial is launched as a part of the everlasting assortment and is now out there from boutiques and retailers. The value stays the identical as different metal editions, which means EUR 36,700, CHF 32,700 or USD 32,400. For extra particulars, please go to www.vacheron-constantin.com.
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