Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 | Hodinkee

  • Collection: Historiques
  • Model reference: 5000H/000A-B582
  • Case/Size: Stainless steel, 38.50mm
  • Dial: Slate grey
  • Movement: Manual-winding
  • Functions: Chronograph
  • Specificity: Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed. Caseback additionally engraved ‘Limited Edition of 36 for HODINKEE’.
  • Condition: Mint
  • Price: Upon request

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Description

Cornes de Vache traces it’s roots back to the Ref. 6087 that was launched in 1955. It was Vacheron Constantin’s first watch with a screw-back water-resistant case. But the highlight of the 35mm beauty was the lug design. A slight variation from the ‘tear drop’ lugs, it is popularly known as ‘Cornes de Vache’ (Cow Horn in French). The unusual curved lugs added a lot of character to an already gorgeous dual-register chronograph watch with mushroom pushers and powered by the Vacheron caliber 1142 – based on the Lemania 2310. It was the last chronograph made by the brand until 1989, and only 36 pieces were made including 26 in yellow gold, 8 in rosegold and 2 in platinum. It is perhaps the most coveted and sought after vintage Vacheron Constantin timepiece today.

Decades later, it found its way back into the Vacheron catalogue in 2015, when it was re-launched under the Historiques collection, but this time in a 38.5mm platinum case. A modern interpretation of the iconic ‘Cornes de Vache’, this new generation model received minor aesthetic tweaks, but retained its classic styling, such as the lugs – after which the model was named. The silver dial has a two-register chronograph layout with a blue tachymeter scale.
How often do we come across a model that is named after the lugs?!
That’s how unique the styling is.

In 2016, a rosegold version was added to this collection and in 2017, a very special Hodinkee Edition was launched – for the first time in stainless steel. Only 36 units were produced to pay homage to the original 36 Cornes de Vache timepieces.
This special edition featured a slate grey dial and a pulsometer scale instead of a tachymeter scale.
The response received for this collaboration was overwhelming to say the least.
And then in 2019, Vacheron decided to serially produce a steel version with a silver dial similar to the platinum and rosegold versions, but with a tachymeter scale in black.

 

The present model is The Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 Limited Edition For HODINKEE made in 2017.

It retains all of the gorgeousness of the re-launched Platinum / Rosegold edition with a 38.5mm case with 10.9mm height and the dual-register mushroom-pusher chronograph.

Except, this time it is in steel. A Cornes de Vache has never been made in steel before, hence this model marks a new chapter in the brand’s history and offering a robust, yet classical chronograph dress watch at a relatively lesser price than its precious metal siblings.

Also, the dial is in slate grey with contrasting hour markers and steel hands, and the chronograph registers in white. Another unusual tweak is the pulsation scale instead of the tachymeter scale.

It is powered by the Vacheron Constantin caliber 1142 manually-wound chronograph movement, based on the iconic Lemania 2310, but has been modified by Vacheron. It features a free-sprung balance with a higher frequency and receives extensive detailing with regards to the finishing. A Maltese cross forms the shape of the column wheel, while the rest of the movement is hand-finished to Genève Seal standards, which can be admired through the sapphire caseback.

The caseback of each timepiece is engraved “Limited Edition of 36 for HODINKEE.”

This extremely rare piece comes with three unique leather straps and a stainless steel Vacheron pin buckle.

 

Vacheron Constantin – bio

The company was founded in 1755 by Jean-Marc Vacheron, an independent watchmaker in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1770, his company created the first complication, and nine years later he designed the first engine-turned dials. … Consequently, in 1819 François Constantin became an associate of Vacheron.
It is among the The Oldest Surviving Watch-Making Brands with an uninterrupted history since 1755.