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.
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.
1142 Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
27.50 mm (12’’’) diameter
5.57 mm thick
Approximately 48 hours of power reserve 3Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
164 components 21 jewels
Small seconds at 9h
Column-wheel chronograph (30-minute counter)
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)
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
Brown Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
18k 4N pink gold buckle
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped