Born in 1955, in the post-war effervescence, the model called ʺCornes de vacheʺ, a name due to the characteristic shape of its horn-shaped lugs, quickly established itself as one of the emblematic chronographs of its era, becoming one of the most sought-after models by collectors today. Identified with the reference 6087 and produced in a limited number of copies, today this model is among the most sought after by the Maison's admirers (photo below).
In line with the vintage spirit of his collection History, Vacheron Constantin proposes a steel re-edition of this creation, between tradition and stylistic originality. In 2006 Vacheron Constantin he wanted to make his heritage tangible by creating the Historiques collection. Paying homage to the archetypes that have made the Maison's history, the collection highlights the richness of the Manufacture's technical and aesthetic heritage through contemporary reinterpretations of its emblematic models. Mainly intended for enthusiasts looking for retro-style creations, the watches History they are exclusive.
The reference 6087 designed in 1955 is part of these mythical watches. It is the Manufacture's first waterproof chronograph and today is one of the most sought-after creations by collectors, given the small number of examples produced. The model, equipped with the hand-wound caliber 492, offered for the time an original mix of technical rigor and creative audacity, in particular due to the evocative shape of its lugs. This dualism between the traditional architecture of a double push-button chronograph, with a fitted dial
on the one hand of counters of 30 minutes and small seconds and on the other of an unconventional design, it expressed a stylistic originality made of a classicism with an informal touch, which Vacheron Constantin has always cultivated throughout its history.
This re-edition, aesthetically faithful to the original, respects the standards of contemporary watchmaking. The diameter of the waterproof case to 30 meters has been raised to 38.5 mm and accommodates the chronograph caliber 1142 hand-wound, with a frequency of 21.600 vibrations / hour for a power reserve of 48 hours. The mechanism for measuring short times is controlled by a column wheel, according to the great watchmaking tradition, decorated with a screw head whose shape is inspired by the Maltese cross, emblem of Vacheron Constantin. This entirely beveled and hand-decorated movement, with pearly finishes on the dial side and Côtes de Genève on the back, comprises 164 components and can be admired through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback framed by a ten-sided bezel.
The movement offers the functions of reading the time with small seconds and trotteuse chronograph in the center, as well as with the minute counter on a velvety-effect gray opaline dial to which two blued counters and the white minute track are juxtaposed. The creation of the patinated calfskin strap was entrusted to the Milanese leather craftsman Serapian, A traditional Maison founded in 1928, which signs a first collaboration with Vacheron Constantin. The choice favored brown calfskin whose patina blends with the retro style of the model. It is no coincidence that Serapian has given the second loop of the strap the “attack” shape, an exclusive signature found on the handles of its bags. It is a reference that unmistakably characterizes these creations as the result of the first collaboration between the famous Milanese leather goods maker and the watchmaking Maison.
After two first re-editions in platinum in 2015 and 18N 4-karat rose gold in 2016, the Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 comes back in a steel version that emphasizes its vintage inspiration.
The model presented today, as already mentioned, offers hourly functions with small seconds and central trotteuse chronograph and minute counter, with also a tachymeter scale (which allows to determine an average speed over a known distance) on a basis of 1000 meters which surrounds the small parts of the chronograph whose steel hands offer greater ease of reading. A white minute track dotted with red numerals highlights the velvety gray opaline dial, distinguished by applied gold indexes and Roman numerals and two blued counters. Price 42.300 EURO.