Vacheron Constantin’s sport-luxury Everest watches are thieves of the investment scene


Such is the clamor for luxury sports watches these days that many of the savory models of their genre have shifted from being a healthy watch wardrobe investment to being asset class bullion. The metrics for this are complicated. Some will get their watch after a wait; others don’t (never). The latter have only one option: the secondary market. And because it’s commonplace, used vehicle prices skyrocket, creating profits – and an unsightly binge eating. People want what they can’t have.

This is why the arrival of a new sport-luxury watch from one of the big names in the dial attracts so much attention. Enter the left of the scene, Vacheron Constantin’s Overseas Limited Editions “Everest”, a pair of sport-luxury watches that carry the legacy of a prototype watch taken to the top of the world’s highest mountain in 2019 by the American explorer and photographer Cory Richards.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas “Everest” limited editions, from £ 26,600. vacheron-constantin.com

The Vacheron Overseas has been in the making for a quarter of a century, but it tends to hover behind the scenes while other high-end sports watches – mainly those from Rolex, Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet – take the limelight. The Everest couple are stage thieves, however. One is a chronograph (to the left), the other a dual time zone (in the photo, main). Both have titanium and stainless steel cases, are mounted on gray Cordura fabric straps and are distinguished by orange details that make reading those extra features a tangerine dream.

I wouldn’t want to consider the investment potential of either beyond their value as hand-finished works of art and, if I may, no one else should. do it. Yet these are investments: the Dual Time costs £ 26,600 and the Chronograph £ 31,400. But better to treat them as things to own and enjoy. That they are also designed to be crushed a bit is a bonus. If there is a fly in the ointment, then only 150 copies of each are made. Just make sure you line up in an orderly fashion.

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