Vacheron Constantin’s “Historiques collection” is dedicated to reviving their creative archetypes and showcasing the aesthetic and technical prowess of watches in their heritage through contemporary reinterpretations. This time around they’re presenting three new pieces from this collection, the: “Cornes de Vache 1955”, “American 1921” and “Ultra-Fine 1955”.
Many of these timepieces are have been highly coveted by collectors and horology enthusiasts. And though these aren’t exactly the watches being sought out. Many of the alterations present on these new versions are quite refined and welcomed nuances. That have come to give a new life to these iconic Vacheron Constantin designs and movements. Because no doubt a watch brand with roots stretching all the way back to 1755, must have a wide array of exquisite timepieces currently not in their active production line.
First let’s take a look at the “Vacheron Constantin De Vache 1955” which was inspired by the Swiss brands first water-resistant chronograph. The round 38mm case is made of 18k pink gold, instead of platinum like the original edition and re-edition was. Other than the swiping of metal, the watch still maintains the overall original design. The characteristic “cow horn” lugs, which translate from “Cornes de Vaché”, still give this watch its name. Also has a screw-in crown and two pushers for controlling the chronograph movement.
The dial has a silvered opaline center with a sun-brushed external zone circling around the bezel, which includes the Arabic numerals for 6 & 12, a tachometer scale in blue and a minute track in black. While time is told via 18k gold applied hour-markers and the Roman numeral for 12 and 6. The hour, minute and second hands are also 18k gold, while the chronograph and 30-minute counter hands are blued steel. This timepiece has two sub-dials: a 30-minute counter at the 3 o’clock position and a sub-seconds near the 9 o’clock position.
Vacheron Constantin De Vache 1955
This “Vacheron Constantin De Vache 1955” (Ref#:5000H/000R-B059) is powered by a manual-winding mechanical movement, caliber 1142, with 21 jewels, 164 components and 21,600 vph. Power reserve can last up to 48 hours and water-resistance can reach up to 30m (96 feet). Mounted to this watch is a brown Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with alligator leather inner shell, hand stitched, saddle-finish, large square scale, with a 18k pink gold buckle, featuring a polished half Maltese cross-shaped logo.
Next up we have the “Historiques American 1921” inspired by the original cushion-shaped model from the 1920’s. No doubt one of the more unique design buy this brand, with an off-set crown positioned between 1 and 2 o’clock, providing a diagonal time read is you go through the days.
The square cushion 40mm case is made of platinum and features a transparent caseback, which allows to view the inner movements of this timepiece. And the before mentioned crown on this watch is positioned at the upper right corner of the case. An oddly unique position, probably chosen to play along with the slightly skewed dial and setting it clearly apart from other models.
The silvered grain-finished dial exhibits blue painted Arabic numerals and a black painted minute railroad track. Time is pointed out with blued steel hands. There is also a sub-seconds dial near the 3 o’clock position, but notice the angle. The whole dial is slightly skewed to the right, with the 12 o’clock position being aligned with the upper right corner, which is where the crown is also located.
Historiques American 1921
This “Historiques American 1921” (Ref#: 82035/000P-B168) is powered by a manual-winding mechanical movement, caliber 4400 AS, with 21 jewels, 127 components and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 65 hours and water-resistance can reach up to 30m (96 feet). Mounted to the watch is a dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales, with a platinum 950 buckle, featuring a polished half Maltese cross-shaped logo.
Finally we take a look at the most minimal piece of these new Vacheron Constantin watches, the “Historiques Ultra-Fine 1955”. One of the thinnest mechanical watches available on the horology market, be at by Vacheron Constantin or any other watch brands around.
The 36mm round case is made of platinum and showcase’s the brands ability to produce very thin timepieces. It features a transparent caseback in order to gaze at its inner mechanisms and components. Lugs are streamlined to snug up to the strap and one wrist, with a comfortable feel. An overall adequate and minimalist design, for those seeking a less intrusive wrist watch.
The silvered opaline dial exhibits blue painted hour-markers, pointed out by 18k gold baton hands. Other than that it’s a pretty clean dial. Although we can visualize the “Swiss Made” inscription near the 6 o’clock position and the “Vacheron Constantin Geneve” in black, plus the Maltese cross-shaped logo in grey at the 12 o’clock position.
Historiques Ultra-Fine 1955
This “Historiques Ultra-Fine 1955” (Ref#:33155/000P-B169) is powered by a manual-winding mechanical movement, caliber 1003, with 18 jewels, 117 components and 18,000 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 31 hours and water-resistance can reach up to 30m (96 feet). Mounted to the watch is a dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with alligator inner shell, rolled-edged, large square scales, stitched tip, with a platinum 950 buckle, featuring a polished half Maltese cross-shaped logo.
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