Watches: Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955

By Thierry Ané on August 25, 2015

I am an out-and-out fan of Vacheron Constantin’s “Historiques” collection! I was not sure whether this was even worth mentioning as I truly believe any real watch connoisseur will share the same passion for this line built as a tribute to the diversity of shapes found in Fine Watchmaking.

Is there a single seasoned watch lover that has never marvelled at the timeless originality of the Historiques American 1921’s case? Can anyone find better examples of the refinement that well-proportioned curves bring to a timepiece than on the Historiques Aronde 1954 or the Historiques Toledo 1952? Round or square, is it possible to surpass the classical beauty of the Historiques Ultra-Thin 1955 and the Historiques Ultra-Thin 1968?

With such a repertoire of exceptional models, it seems difficult to imagine that the Manufacture can continue to unveil breathtaking creations for this “Historiques” saga. And yet, Vacheron Constantin manages to catch us by surprise once again with the Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955. This exceptional timekeeper stamped with the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva celebrates the rigorous technicality at the heart of Haute Horlogerie as much as the bold creativity at the origin of all timeless designs.

Let us start with the technical side with the calibre 1142 that beats inside this watch. Entirely developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin, this 164-component manually-wound movement pays homage to one of the most prestigious complications: the column-wheel chronograph. At SIHH 2015, the brand brilliantly reaffirmed its expertise with these complex mechanisms in the new “Harmony” collection featuring the Harmony Calibre 3300 Chronograph and the Harmony Calibre 3200 Tourbillon Chronograph but also a ladies’ chronograph model, namely the Harmony Calibre 1142 Chronograph Small Seconds. The beating heart of the latter is now presented in a male version for the new “Historiques” introduction.

For the occasion, this mechanical marvel has received a truly exceptional platinum-crafted frame: the 38.50 mm round case with a thickness of 10.90 mm boasts the iconic “cow-horn” lugs, nicely retro-looking twin round push-pieces, and a perfectly polished convex bezel to create a truly striking aesthetic. A refined dial with silvered opaline centre and sun-brushed external zone featuring a tachymeter scale provides the finishing touch. Like all the platinum models of the brand, the Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 is mounted on a dark blue hand-stitched large-scale Mississippiensis alligator strap secured by a platinum buckle.

Without a doubt, the Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 represents a stunning addition to the “Historiques” collection and proves once again the incredible expertise of this Manufacture both on a technical and aesthetic level.

For more information please visit the Vacheron Constantin web site.

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