Making its debut, after two successful reissues in platinum and 18K 4N pink gold, is the new Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 model in STEEL. Vacheron Constantin has applied all its dexterity in the 38.5mm wide and 10.9mm thick case, which is also one of the definitive features of the watch. The case has delicate, distinctive lugs reminiscent of cow horns securing it to the strap. The crafting of the latter was entrusted to the Milanese luxury leather goods Maison, Serapian, founded in 1928, which shares the values of excellence cherished by Vacheron Constantin. A dark brown calf leather strap whose patina blends with the retro look of the model was chosen and Serapian also treated the second loop of the strap to the ‘attacco’ shape featured on its handbag handles – a signature nod to the famous Milanese leather goods manufacturer’s first collaboration with a watchmaker.
The grey velvet-finished opaline dial reveals the chronograph counters, the 18K white gold applied hour-markers and Roman numerals, the 18K white gold hours, minutes and small seconds hands and the Blued steel chronograph and 30-minute counter hands. A tachymeter scale (serving to determine average speed over a known distance) on a 1000-metre base surrounds the chronograph counter.
The Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 watch houses a manual-winding 1142 chronograph calibre with a 48-hour power reserve, which also allows the watch to retain a ‘slim’ appearance. In keeping with the grand watchmaking tradition, the short-time measuring mechanism is controlled by a column-wheel, adorned with a screw head shaped like a Maltese cross, the Vacheron Constantin emblem. Entirely bevelled and hand-decorated, with circular-grained finishes on the dial side and Côtes de Genève on the back, this 164-component movement beating at a rate of 21,600 vibrations per hour (3Hz) can be admired through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback framed by a ten-sided bezel.
Born in 1955 in the effervescence of the post-war years, the “Cornes de vache” model, named after the characteristic shape of its lugs, quickly established itself as one of the emblematic chronographs of its time. Bearing reference 6087 and produced in extremely limited numbers, it is today one of the most sought-after models among devotees of the Maison.