Marking a first for Vacheron Constantin (well almost), the brand recently unveiled its Histories Cornes de Vache 1955 watch in stainless steel. It is the first time the brand has created this historical incarnation in steel (with the exception of a limited edition piece it created for Hodinkee). Retailing for $39,800, the watch is a veritable steal.
The new Cornes de Vache is a re-issue of the 1955 Reference 6087 that was the brand’s first water-resistant chronograph. It was crafted in 18-karat yellow gold and is today one of the most sought-after Vacheron Constantin watches. It was originally named for the intriguing horn shape of its lugs. That 35mm watch was powered by the manual-winding Calibre 492.
Vacheron Constantin Corns de Vache 1955 Stainless steel
The newest watch is larger in diameter at 38.5mm and is powered by the brand’s manual-winding chronograph Calibre 1142 with 48 hours of power reserve. The column-wheel chronograph measures short times and the entire 164-part movement is finely finished with circular graining and hand decorations — all visible vi a transparent sapphire crystal cam back.
The watch offers chronograph functions with a central seconds hand and minutes counter. Additionally, it has a tachymeter scale for measuring speed or distance (based on a 1000-meter system). Blued steel hands offer great legibility. As mentioned ,the watch is water resistant to 30 meters.
The alluring light gray opaline dial features a velvety looking finish and color-coordinated counters. It is finished with a patinated brown calf leather strap made in collaboration with the traditional Milanese leather goods Maison Serapian, founded in 1928.
Generously sized at 38.5mm in diameter, the watch is elegant and yet in its own discreet 1955 sort of way, sporty. The steel case with the cow-horn shaped lugs in steel just makes this watch more casual than its original yellow gold version, and than the previous 18-karat pink gold version released in 2015. The velvety gray dial with rich red minutes numerals against an inner white track really pops. Turn the watch over to view the Hallmark of Geneva movement, and the eye is immediately drawn to the 10-sided bezel that frames the crystal. This is a very versatile watch that can go from day to night to weekend with ease. It will most likely become a sought-after collector’s item.
Technical Specifications of the Vacheron Constantin Corns de Vache 1955 Stainless steel
Caliber: 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
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece
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 hands Blued steel chronograph and 30-minute counter hands
Strap: Dark brown calf leather with Serapian patina, calf leather inner shell, tone on tone stitching, Steel buckle
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped