Celebrating a heritage forged by 260 years of uninterrupted expertise and innovation, Manufacture Vacheron Constantin is enriching its Historiques collection with a classic chronograph fitted with iconic ‘cow-horn’ lugs. This contemporary interpretation of a legendary model created by Vacheron Constantin in 1955 embodies a remarkable blend of rigorous technicality and bold creativity. Featuring a central complication in line with the heritage of the Geneva-based Manufacture, the Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 is powered by hand-wound Caliber 1142, housed in a 38.5 mm- diameter platinum case. This timepiece bearing the Hallmark of Geneva and issued in an exclusive production run is joining an exceptional collection dedicated to connoisseurs and which revives legendary Vacheron Constantin creations in a spirit of timeless excellence.
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. Conveying this same innovative genius, the new Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 is a contemporary interpretation of the first water-resistant and anti-magnetic chronograph presented by Vacheron Constantin 60 years ago. Offering a striking aesthetic contrast with the sophisticated functions of the chronograph and its classic construction with twin round pushpieces, the ‘cow-horn’ lugs endow it with a genuine stylistic identity that is the Vacheron Constantin signature. This now legendary timepiece symbolises the ancestral art of the Maison in creating high-end chronographs.
The originality of an innovative design meets the technical refinement of a precision instrument
A modern transposition of an icon from the 1950s, the Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 watch is inspired by the first water-resistant and anti-magnetic chronograph crafted by Vacheron Constantin: one of the three chronographs from the Manufacture that are most keenly coveted by collectors. Alongside its emblematic lugs, the original reference 6087 model featured a 35 mm-diameter round case in 18-carat yellow gold featuring twin “mushroom-type” pushpieces and a screwed-in back. This double-pusher chronograph equipped with a tachometric scale was powered by hand-wound Caliber 492, itself protected against magnetism by a soft iron cage. A highly technical and accurate measuring instrument much appreciated in scientific circles, it nonetheless flaunted the originality of its daring aesthetic characteristics expressing Vacheron Constantin distinctive creative touch in the 1950s. The new Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 chronograph suggests a subtle tension between straight and curving lines, created by the traditional round shape of the case topped by stylised elongated lugs. This stylistic tension is accentuated by the discrepancy between technical rigour – expressed through the traditional precision of Swiss watchmaking – and extravagant creativity in terms of timepiece ornamentation. The result is a unique and novel concept that has come to symbolise Vacheron Constantin and is one of the three models most fervently sought after by collectors.
The new Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 model
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.
The chronograph at the heart of the Vacheron Constantin heritage
Providing a renewed demonstration of the ancestral know-how cultivated by the Manufacture in the realm of short-time measurement, the Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 timepiece pays tribute to a horological complication that is much prized by connoisseurs around the world – the chronograph – and which holds a special place in the Vacheron Constantin heritage. Form the first watch made by Jean- Marc Vacheron through to the present day, 260 years have elapsed and witnessed the birth of some of the most complex and prestigious chronographs, all bearing the inimitable Vacheron Constantin stamp of historical excellence. In 1877, the Geneva-based Manufacture presented its first pocket chronograph. Ever since, it has tirelessly perfected this demanding complication in order to offer watch owners the freedom of ‘writing’ their own time and of controlling it with a blend of comfort, elegance and assurance. Fitted with two classic round pushpieces, the Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 model houses an exceptional mechanical heart, hand-wound Caliber 1142, beating at a frequency of 3 Hz to ensure the improved precision of the chronograph matched by greater better shock resistance of the balance wheel. Endowed with a 48-hour power reserve, this movement comprising 164 entirely hand- decorated movements drives displays of the hours, minutes, small seconds and central chronograph seconds, complemented by a 30-minute counter. Like the other new chronograph movements by Vacheron Constantin, the column-wheel screw is shaped like the Maltese cross that has become the emblem of the Manufacture.
Greatly appreciated by collectors, this type of chronograph is exclusive by nature. In keeping with this tradition, the Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 is issued in a highly exclusive production run that will delight devotees of rare and coveted timepieces.