Thursday, June 30, 2016

Vacheron Constantin Historiques Collection: Re- editions of Cornes de vache 1955, American 1921 and Ultra-fine 1955

The Historiques collection, dedicated to Vacheron Constantin’s creative archetypes, highlights the wealth of the technical and aesthetic heritage of the Manufacture through contemporary reinterpretations.

New models are now reviving three icons much sought after among collectors. Inspired by a legendary 1955 chronograph, the Cornes de vache 1955 model is interpreted in pink gold, while the emblematic cushion-shaped American 1921 and the remarkable Ultra-fine 1955 with its 1.64 mm-thin gold caliber appears clothed in platinum. These models bearing the Hallmark of Geneva and issued in highly exclusive production runs are enriching an exceptional collection dedicated to connoisseurs and devotees of vintage watches.

Three legendary models much coveted by collectors are now reborn arrayed in new finery within the Vacheron Constantin Historiques collection. These pink gold or platinum modern reinterpretations of legendary models give new life to the iconic creations punctuating the history of the Geneva-based Manufacture since 1755.

Historiques Cornes de vache 1955
Embodying a singular blend of creative boldness and rigorous technical standards, this classic watch fitted with its distinctive ‘cow horn’ lugs is inspired by the first water-resistant chronograph designed by Vacheron Constantin in 1955. As one of the three references most sought-after by collectors, the vintage icon born amid the effervescence of the post-war period is reinterpreted here in pink gold, in keeping with the spirit of the era that sparked its creation.
Combining tradition, disruptive design and absolute technical sophistication, the Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 chronograph – named after its evocatively shaped lugs – embodies a stylistic originality typical of Vacheron Constantin. On the one hand, it expresses the unconventional creativity of the Manufacture in the 1950s through its stylised lugs creating an aesthetic tension with the traditional chronograph construction with two round pushbuttons. On the other, it also conveys Vacheron Constantin’s ancestral expertise in the measurement of short times.
Equipped with a column wheel shaped like a Maltese cross, the emblem of the Manufacture, Caliber 1142 powering the Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 drives the hours, minutes, small seconds and chronograph functions while ensuring a 48-hour power reserve. This entirely hand-decorated manual-winding movement is revealed through the transparent back of the 38.5 mm-diameter case that is water-resistant to 30 metres. The model’s silvered opaline dial is punctuated by applied numerals and hour-markers swept over by slender gold hands. The deep blue direct-drive seconds hand, 30-minute counter hand and tachymetric scale enhance the optimal legibility of this complex yet airy display.
Technical details
Historiques Cornes de vache 1955
Reference: 5000H/000R-B059
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Movement
Caliber 1142
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, manual-winding
27.50 mm (12’’’) diameter
5.57 mm thick
Approximately 48 hours of power reserve
3Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
164 components
21 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes
Small seconds at 9h
Column-wheel chronograph (30-minute counter)

Case
18K 4N pink gold
38.50 mm diameter, 10.90 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 metres)

Dial
Silvered opaline center with sun-brushed external zone (minute-track and tachometer scale)
18K 4N gold applied hour-markers
18K gold hour, minutes and small seconds hands
Blued steel chronograph and 30-minute counter hands

Straps
Brown Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Buckle: 18k 4N pink gold buckle; Polished half Maltese cross-shaped


Historiques American 1921
Crafted in precious platinum, the Historiques American 1921 is inspired by an original cushionshaped model with a crown placed between 1 and 2 o’clock, created by Vacheron Constantin in the 1920s for the American market. Combining the daring style characterising the era of its birth and the rigorous technical standards of a Fine Watchmaking creation, this contemporary reinterpretation of an icon from the Roaring Twenties remains loyal to the original version through an imposing cambered case diagonal time read-off, offset ball-shaped crown and small seconds between 4 and 5 o’clock.
The classic yet original finely grained silvered dial bears 12 blue painted Arabic numerals and a black railway-type minute track, swept over by blued Breguet-type hands. Fitted with a lightly domed crystal, the 40 mm-diameter case water resistant to 30 metres houses Vacheron Constantin manual-winding Caliber 4400 AS.
This movement adorned with particularly finely hand-crafted finishing and endowed with a comfortable 65-hour autonomy drives hours, minutes and small seconds indications. The restrained and timeless elegance of this ‘dandy chic’ watch is complemented by a dark blue alligator leather strap fitted with a platinum buckle.
Historiques American 1921
Reference: 82035/000P-B168
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Movement
Caliber 4400 AS
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, manual-winding
28.60 mm (12 ½ ‘’’) diameter
2.80 mm thick
Approximately 65 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
127 components
21 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes
Small seconds at 4h30

Case
Platinum 950
40 x 40 mm, 8 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 metres)

Dial
Silvered grain-finished
Blue painted Arabic numerals
Black painted minute-track
Blued steel hands

Strap
Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Buckle: Platinum 950 buckle; Polished half Maltese cross-shaped


Historiques Ultra-fine 1955
Testifying to Vacheron Constantin’s ancestral expertise in the making of ultra-thin watches, the Historiques Ultra-fine 1955 model is powered by the mechanical manual-winding Vacheron Constantin Caliber 1003, presented in 1955. In its exclusive new interpretation, this pure, restrained timepiece accommodates its legendary movement inside a round 36 mm-diameter case made of platinum.
A micromechanical masterpiece comprising 117 components and yet measuring a mere 1.64 mm thick, it reveals its 18K gold bridges and plate adorned with exceptional hand-crafted finishes through the sapphire crystal back of the case that is water resistant to 30 metres. This classic watch with its 31-hour autonomy is one of the thinnest in the world, at just 4.13 mm thick. Its hours and minutes functions are displayed on a silvered opaline dial featuring a pure, minimalist style and bearing gold baton-type hands and painted blue hour-markers matching the dark shade of the strap with its platinum buckle. A slender bezel, distinctive lugs and a resolutely uncluttered dial display compose the refined personality of this timeless model.
Technical details

Model: Historiques Ultra-fine 1955
Reference: 33155/000P-B169
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Movement
Calibrer 1003
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, manual-winding
21.10 mm (9’’’1/4) diameter
1.64 mm thick
Approximately 31 hours of power reserve
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour)
117 components
18 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes

Case
Platinum 950
36 mm diameter, 4.13 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 metres)

Dial
Silvered opaline
Blue painted hour-markers
18K gold baton hands

Strap
Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator inner shell, rolled-edged, large square scales, stitched tip
Buckle: Platinum 950 buckle; Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

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