Monday, December 26, 2016

VACHERON CONSTANTIN – Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 Gold

VACHERON CONSTANTINHistoriques Cornes de vache 1955 Gold Chronograph

Three heritage models appear in new versions

The Historiques collection, dedicated to Vacheron Constantins 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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Historiques Cornes de vache 1955

Reference 5000H/000R-B059
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Manufacture Caliber 1142
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, manual-winding
Reference: 1142 
Calibre 12``` (Diameter : 27.50 mm)
Movement thickness: 5.57 mm
Approximately 48 hours of power reserve
3Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
164 components
21 jewels
Certification Hallmark of Geneva
  • Hours, minutes
  • Small seconds at 9h
  • Column-wheel chronograph (30-minute counter)
18K 4N pink gold
Diameter 38.50 mm, thick 10.90 mm
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 metres)
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
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

Vacheron Constantin
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