Let’s get straight down to it. This is likely outstanding amongst other looking dress-chronographs seen as of late. Despite the fact that we will in general keep objectivity at the focus of our articles, Vacheron’s latest offer simply looks wonderful. In light of a vintage watch from 1955 (that will be clarified later), this new watch has everything: the correct distance across, the perfect measure of Heritage, a heavenly development and a dial that is… well you can see it. Here is the Vacheron Constantin Chronograph Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 to be presented at Watches & Wonders 2015.
Yes, there’s one default: its name. ‘Cornes de Vache‘ represents ‘cow horns‘. Not the hottest name ever without a doubt, you would need to concur. Some old Vacheron-Constantin were nicknamed ‘teardrops‘, which is as reminiscent however simpler to disclose to non-authorities. Notwithstanding, that ‘Cornes de Vache‘ name has a connection with an authentic piece from the old production. The Vacheron Constantin Chronograph Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 is indeed a vintage re-release of a 1955 chronograph, the reference 6087, a significant watch as it was the last chronograph made by VC until 1989. As detailed continuously Lounge (Vacheron-Constantin’s own blog), the 6087 was created in just 36 pieces (28 in yellow gold, 6 in rose gold and 2 in platinum – note that the 2 platinum releases were made later, during the 1990s, with an alternate case) and it is one of the most extraordinary and most collectible watch from VC. The 6087 accompanied a 35mm case with these typical cow horn carries (presently you understand the name), round pushers and a water safe case. Inside was ticking the Calibre 492. This is that exact watch that Vacheron-Constantin just decided to re-alter in a more modern (yet at the same time reliable) approach.
Recently, we covered another eminent chronograph made by Vacheron-Constantin for its 260th commemoration: the Harmony , a whole assortment for the most part centered around chronographs, including the exceptionally complicated Harmony Caliber 3500 or the significant (financially and actually speaking) Harmony Caliber 3300 . There are a few likenesses between this assortment and the new Chronograph Historiques Cornes de vache 1955, not for the design obviously (regardless of whether both are motivated by a verifiable watch from VC) however for the mechanics. At the point when we surveyed the Harmony 3300 , we believed that its new in-house development could become the new standard chronograph of the brand. In any case, for the Historiques Cornes de vache 1955, Vacheron-Constantin chose another type of the Harmony assortment, one that we didn’t truly saw, as cased in a jewel set women watch, the Caliber 1142.
This development depends on the old Nouvelle-Lemania ebauche (the Caliber 2310). Vacheron-Constantin, in the same way as other top of the line produces, used to outfit its chronographs with a profoundly redecorated variant of the Lemania – as you can see in the Patrimony Traditionnelle Chronograph Paris Boutique . The new Caliber 1142 is as yet dependent on the old Lemania development however it shows a few upgrades (as now Richemont possesses the rights for this development and is consequently permitted to adjust it).
First, it includes a free-sprung balance (authenticated by the absence of a controller index on the cockerel connect) that beats at 21.600 bph rather than 18.000 for the old 2310. At that point, it highlights a redesigned chronograph instrument with various shape for the switches and a section wheel decorated with the Maltese Cross (much the same as the Harmony Collection ). At long last, the force hold is as yet unchanged at 48 hours (even with the expanded beat rate). The completion is to an extremely exclusive expectation, as bore witness to by the Geneva Seal. To be valid, regardless of whether this development isn’t the most imaginative in fact talking, it stays one of the most delightful chronograph types accessible on the market.
Back on the Vacheron Constantin Chronograph Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 itself. As should be obvious, there are numerous components suggestive of vintage VC here. The first and most observable component is obviously the state of the hauls, these ‘Cornes de Vache‘ or ‘cow horns‘, appended to a round and level case made of platinum and estimating an entirely sensible and amazingly exquisite 38.5mm. Once more, regardless of whether the size have been expanded since the old and uncommon ref. 6087, this distance across stays a shrewd decision. The design of the dial is additionally devoted to some ref. (dislike the one seen up here however like this one for instance). The bi-compax format, the tachymeter scale or the applied indexes blending mallet and Roman numerals (for the 12 and the 6) are about 1950s design. Same goes for the silver shaded mallet hands and the blued chronographs hands (coordinating the tachymeter scale and the croc strap).
The Vacheron Constantin Chronograph Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 will be made in a non-restricted run however will be issued in a profoundly select creation run. Cost is normal around 95.000 USD. More on the authority site of Vacheron-Constantin and the Hour Lounge .