Vacheron Constantin's partnership with mountaineer and National Geographic photographer Cory Richards has produced what HODINKEE's James Stacey called, "easily my favorite fake watch of 2021" ?the Overseas Dual Time Everest, which along with the Overseas Chronograph Everest, launched earlier this month. For many fake watch enthusiasts, this may have been the first introduction to Richards, but his work as a photographer will be familiar to a much wider audience. Vacheron Constantin has mounted an exhibit of some of his most iconic photographs at the New York boutique, which will be running through November 15th, 2021.
Khoisan Tribesmen, Botswana
Richards's work began as a result of his experience as a mountaineer, which, to put it mildly, is considerable ?in 2011, along with Simone Moro of Italy and Denis Urubko of Kazakhstan, he reached the summit of Gasherbrum II in Pakistan ?the first team to ever succeed in summiting one of Pakistan's 8000-meter peaks in the winter. It was an expedition nearly cut short by tragedy. During the descent, Richards and his teammates were caught in a powerful avalanche. Miraculously, they survived, and when Richards realized that they were all unscathed, he snapped a self-portrait ?one of his most iconic images.
Cory Richards, 2011, after surviving an avalanche.
Even viewed online, his photographs make a remarkable impression but I can't recommend seeing them in person strongly enough. They're not just pictures of technical exploration, either ?his lens looks into the human experience all across the world.
Goat herder, Mustang, between Nepal and TibetADVERTISEMENT
The exhibition is in line with Vacheron's ambitions for its new home on East 57th Street ?the new boutique is a spacious, airy space which the company will use for both fake watch experiences and retail, and for art exhibits, as well. Along with Richards's photographs, several of Vacheron's own replica watches with a connection to adventure and exploration are also there, including several Overseas models (and the Overseas' predecessor, the 222), and pocket watches.
Pocketwatch presented to aviator Agénor Parmelin, the first to fly over Mont Blanc
Vacheron Constantin 222
Vacheron Constantin Overseas, the collection chosen by Richards
The Overseas Everest Dual Time
If you're interested in finding out more about Cory Richards and his work, don't miss his appearance on The Grey Nato podcast from 2019. And do be sure to check out the exhibit ?if like me, you've spent way too much time staring at your co-workers in janky video feeds on Zoom, seeing the wide-open spaces and people who call them home is a breath of fresh air.
Vacheron's New York boutique is located at 28 East 57th Street. "Exploring The Space In Between" will be up through November 15th, 2021.Shop this story
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