The Vacheron Constantin unique Prototype Overseas Everest for Cory Richards was a highlight at Phillips Auction last 10 December.
Estimated at $20,000-40,000, the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Everest sold for $106,250. The proceeds will go to the benefit of the National Geographic Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to pushing the boundaries of exploration and generating solutions for a healthy and more sustainable future.
This Vacheron Constantin Overseas Everest is a unique piece. It was designed for the American explorer and photographer Cory Richards to pay tribute to his third attempt to climb Mount Everest.
Cory Richards wanted a robust and strong watch, to accompany him in what is considered one of the most exhausting expeditions, tracking the time on the Everest as well as once back home, in the United States.
The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Everest’s 41-mm case is in titanium and tantalum. The timepiece has anti-magnetic properties and it is a dual-time wristwatch with day/night indicator, central seconds and date.
A truly unique piece, on the back of the watch there is a custom 22k gold winding rotor etched with one of Richards’ own images of Everest emerging over the plains of Tibet.
The dark grey dial has a grained finish that looks almost frosted, with 18k blackened white gold dial accents, and an orange second-time zone hand for enhanced readability.
The greatest form of technology, the greatest form of expression and design, is having only what you need – nothing more and nothing less – in its most elegant form.Cory Richards