In tribute to the famous creations punctuating this exceptional technical and creative heritage, the Historiques collection by Vacheron Constantin welcomes an exclusive new chronograph inspired by an iconic wristwatch developed by the Manufacture in 1955. Named Cornes de vache 1955 because of its distinctively-shaped lugs, it embodies a singular combination of bold design and absolute technicality.
Born in the effervescence of the post-war years, this chronograph combining rigorous classicism and fanciful design is now reinterpreted in the spirit of the era that engendered it and naturally joins the Historiques collection devoted to the creative archetypes of Vacheron Constantin. This exceptional collection highlights the wealth of a heritage imbued with creative vivacity and horological excellence, breathing new life into the sought-after icons of the Geneva-based Manufacture, to the delight of vintage watch collectors and connoisseurs.
A reinvented legend, the new Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 appears in a 950 platinum 38.5 mm diameter case that is water resistant to 30 metres and features delicately polished ‘cow-horn’ lugs. The screwed-in caseback is fitted with a transparent sapphire crystal serving to admire its entirely hand decorated complex mechanical heart. The original layout of the 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and small seconds at 9 o’clock is scrupulously reproduced on this reinterpreted version, while its more contemporary diameter enables an airier display ensuring optimal readability of its functions. This broader opening reveals a silver-toned opaline dial punctuated by Roman numerals, applied hour-markers and hands in 18-carat white gold, while the central seconds hand, the 30-minute counter hand and the tachometric scale feature a royal blue shade further enhancing the perfect legibility of its display. In addition to bearing the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva, the Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 chronograph also meets the numerous demanding criteria of this independent and sovereign label that is a guarantee of provenance, top-notch precision, durability and watchmaking expertise.
Model: Historiques Cornes de vache 1955
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
27.5 mm (12’’’) diameter, 5.6 mm thick
Approximately 48 hours of power reserve
3Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
Small seconds at 9 o'clock
Column-wheel chronograph (30-minute counter)
38.5 mm diameter, 10.9 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)
Silvered opaline center with sun-brushed external zone (minutetrack and tachometer scale)
18K white gold applied hour-markers
Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Buckle: Platinum 950 buckle; Polished half Maltese cross-shaped
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