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A novelty of this summer season is the beautiful American in a new suit. Crafted in precious platinum, the Historiques American 1921 is inspired by an original cushion shaped model from the 1920s. This contemporary reinterpretation of an icon from the Roaring Twenties remains loyal to the original version in every way. A crown placed between 1 and 2 o’clock was created by Vacheron Constantin for the American market.The classic yet original finely grained silvered dial bears 12 blue painted Arabic numerals and blued Breguet-type hands.

 

American 1921

Fitted with a lightly domed crystal, the 40 mm-diameter case, houses Vacheron Constantin manual-winding Caliber 4400 AS. This movement has a particularly hand-crafted finishing.

The restrained and timeless elegance of this ‘dandy chic’ American 1921 watch is complemented by a dark blue alligator leather strap fitted with a platinum buckle.

American 1921

Technical Data

Reference:

82035/000P-B168

Caliber:

4400 AS Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin

Mechanical, manual-winding

28.60 mm (12 ½ ‘’’) diameter 2.80 mm thick

Approximately 65 hours of power reserve

4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour) 1

27 components 21 jewels

Indications:

Hours, minutes Small seconds at 4h30

Case:

Platinum 950

40 x 40 mm, 8 mm thick

Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 metres)

Dial:

Silvered grain-finished

Blue painted Arabic numerals

Black painted minute-track

Blued steel hands

Strap:

Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales

Buckle:

Platinum 950 buckle

Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

One of my personal favorites of last year is now released in a new and elegant look this summer. The Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 chronograph – named after its beautifully shaped lugs.

This classic watch fitted with its distinctive ‘cow horn’ lugs is inspired by the first water-resistant chronograph designed by Vacheron Constantin in 1955. As one of the three references most sought-after by collectors, the vintage icon is reinterpreted in pink gold, in keeping with the spirit of the era of its creation.

Combining tradition, disruptive design and technical sophistication, it expresses the unconventional yet traditional chronograph construction. In the 1950s Cornes de Vache styled lugs was creating an aesthetic tension with the traditional two round pushbuttons.

Cornes de vache 1955

Caliber 1142 ensures a 48-hour power reserve, but with a special treat. Equipped with a column wheel shaped like a Maltese cross, the chronograph functions superbly. This manual-winding movement is entirely hand-decorated and revealed through the transparent back. A 38.5 mm-diameter case in 18K pink gold contrasts the silvered opaline dial perfectly. Gold hour and minute hands and a deep blue seconds hand, 30-minute counter hand and tachymetric scale enhance the this complex yet airy display.

Cornes de vache 1955

Technical Data

Reference:

5000H/000R-B059

Caliber:

1142 Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin

Mechanical, manual-winding
27.50 mm (12’’’) diameter
5.57 mm thick
Approximately 48 hours of power reserve 3Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)

164 components 21 jewels

Indications:

Hours, minutes

Small seconds at 9h

Column-wheel chronograph (30-minute counter)

Case:

18K 4N pink gold
38.50 mm diameter, 10.90 mm thick

Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 metres)

Dial:

Silvered opaline center with sun-brushed external zone (minute-track and tachometer scale)

18K 4N gold applied hour-markers
18K gold hour, minutes and small seconds hands

Blued steel chronograph and 30-minute counter hands

Strap:

Brown Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales

Buckle:

18k 4N pink gold buckle

Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

 

Cornes de vache 1955