An everyday version of a dressy chronograph rooted in the mid-twentieth century masterpiece of watch design.
Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955
As some of you are probably aware, the name Cornes de Vache refers exactly to the distinctive and very attractive lugs of this beautiful Vacheron Constantin watch. It actually means a ‘cow horn’ in French, and the amount of character this rather exotic lug shape brings to the perfectly round 38.5mm case is beyond any measure. Big news here is the stainless steel variant of once precious-metal-only timepiece, and aside from case material, it’s still the same solid example of Swiss haute horlogerie. The grey opaline dial with a two-eye chronograph layout features central hours and minutes, small seconds, chronograph seconds hand, 30-minute counter. To add some sporty theme, there’s also a tachymeter scale on the outer ring.
The column-wheel of the in-house caliber 1142 features a trademark Maltese cross element
As expected, the caseback has a large transparent sapphire crystal to showcase the manually-wound in-house caliber 1142, finished according to the Geneva Seal standards. The column-wheel movement is bevelled and decorated by hand with circular-grained niches on the dial side and Côtes de Genève on the back. Beating at 21,600 vibrations per hour it offers a 48-hour power reserve. The steel Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 comes on a dark brown calf leather strap and is priced CHF 42,600. The watch is also available in rose gold and platinum.
Some lugs are just more meaningful than the others