Vacheron Constantin’s new Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 in steel (Ref: 5000H/000A-B582) follows the two first reissues in platinum in 2015 and 18K 4N pink gold in 2016, and now returns in a steel version emphasising its vintage inspiration.
Born in 1955 in the post-war years, the “Cornes de vache” model, named after the characteristic shape of its cow horn-like lugs, quickly established itself as one of the emblematic chronographs of its time. It was also the Maison’s first water-resistant chronograph being launched. Bearing reference 6087 and produced in extremely limited numbers, it is today one of the most sought-after models among collectors of Vacheron Constantin timepieces.
In the vintage spirit of its Historiques collection, which was then created in the 2006 paying tribute to the archetypes that have marked the evolution of the Maison with contemporary reinterpretations of its emblematic models, Vacheron Constantin is offering a reissue of this steel piece characterised by a blend in tradition and stylistic originality. This newly launched piece remains aesthetically faithful to the original but is adapted to current watchmaking standards with a few upgrades which includes its movement.
The diameter of the case, which is water-resistant to 30 meters, has been increased to 38.5 mm. It now houses manual-winding chronograph Calibre 1142, beating at 21,600 vibrations per hour and endowed with a 48-hour power reserve. This movement powers timekeeping functions including small seconds as well as chronograph functions with a central seconds hand and minutes counter appearing on a grey velvet-finish opaline dial, embellished with two snailed counters and a white counter.
The crafting of the strap in patinated dark brown calf leather was entrusted to the traditional Milanese leather goods Maison Serapian, founded in 1928, marking its first collaborative endeavour with Vacheron Constantin.
Calibre 1142. Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin.
Mechanical, manual-winding 27.5 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 9 o’clock
Column-wheel chronograph (30-minute counter)
Case: Steel 38.5 mm diameter, 10.9 mm thick transparent sapphire crystal caseback.
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 metres).
Dial: Grey velvet-finished opaline centre with snailed counters, 18K white gold applied hour-markers and Roman numerals 18K white gold hours, minutes and small seconds hand. Blued steel chronograph and 30-minute counter hands.
Straps: Dark brown calf leather with Serapian patina, calf leather inner shell, tone on tone stitching
Buckle: Steel buckle Polished half Maltese cross-shaped