The Historiques Collection by Vacheron Constantin presents new pieces which revive three much sought-after models among collectors. Inspired by a legendary 1955 chronograph, the Cornes de vache 1955 model is interpreted in pink gold, while the emblematic cushion-shaped American 1921 and the Ultra-fine 1955 with its 1.64 mm-thin gold caliber, appears in platinum.
The models bear the Hallmark of Geneva and are issued in highly exclusive production runs. These pink gold or platinum modern reinterpretations of legendary models breathe new life to the creations punctuating the history of the Geneva-based Manufacture since 1755.
Historiques Cornes de vache 1955
With its distinctive ‘cow horn’ lugs it was the first water-resistant chronograph designed by Vacheron Constantin in 1955. As one of the three references most sought-after by collectors, created in the post-war period and reinterpreted here in pink gold, in keeping with the spirit of the era. The Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 chronograph – named after the shape of its lugs – is equipped with a column wheel shaped like a Maltese cross, the emblem of the Manufacture.
Powered by caliber 1142, the Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 drives the hours, minutes, small seconds and chronograph functions while ensuring a 48-hour power reserve. The hand-decorated manual-winding movement is revealed through the transparent back of the 38.5 mm-diameter case, water-resistant to 30 meters. The model’s silvered opaline dial is punctuated by applied numerals and hour-markers swept over by slender gold hands. The deep blue direct-drive seconds hand, 30-minute counter hand and tachymetric scale enhance the optimal legibility of this complex yet airy display.
Crafted in precious platinum, the Historiques American 1921 is inspired by an original cushion-shaped model with a crown placed between 1 and 2 o’clock. Originally created by Vacheron Constantin in the 1920s for the American market, the new model remains loyal to the original version through an imposing cambered case diagonal time read-off, offset ball-shaped crown and small seconds between 4 and 5 o’clock.
The silvered dial features 12 blue painted Arabic numerals and a black railway-type minute track, swept over by blued Breguet-type hands. Fitted with a lightly domed crystal, the 40 mm-diameter case is water-resistant to 30 meters. It houses Vacheron Constantin’s manual-winding Caliber 4400 AS movement, adorned with hand-crafted finishing and endowed with a 65-hour power reserve. The movement drives hours, minutes and small seconds indications. The watch comes on a dark blue alligator leather strap fitted with a platinum buckle.
Historiques Ultra-fine 1955
One of VC’s renowned ultra-thin watches, the Historiques Ultra-fine 1955 model is powered by the mechanical manual-winding Vacheron Constantin Caliber 1003, first presented in 1955. The new version accommodates its legendary movement inside a round 36mm case made of platinum.
The movement is a micromechanical masterpiece comprising 117 components and measures a mere 1.64 mm thick. It reveals its 18K gold bridges and plate adorned with hand-crafted finishes through the sapphire crystal caseback and is water-resistant to 30 meters. With a 31-hour power drive it is one of the thinnest watches in the world at just 4.13 mm thick. Its hours and minutes functions are displayed on a silvered opaline dial featuring a pure, minimalist style and bearing gold baton-type hands and painted blue hour-markers. The watch comes on a matching dark ble strap with platinum buckle.