Vacheron Constantin
Historiques Cornes De Vache 1955 Chronograph for HODINKEE | 5000H/00A | steel

Limited Edition of 36

Regular price £55,000

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Vacheron Constantin
Historiques Cornes De Vache 1955 Chronograph for HODINKEE | 5000H/00A | steel

Limited Edition of 36

Regular price £55,000

The Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes De Vache was introduced in 2015, as part of the brand’s Historiques collection - paying tribute to the Geneva watchmaker’s archives. The origins of the watch can be traced back to Vacheron’s iconic reference 6087, from the 1950s - with its “cow horn” lugs and placement of the subsidiary dials - considered by many to be one of the most desirable and collectible vintage chronographs ever made. It was also Vacheron's only manually-wound, water-resistant chronograph from the vintage era.

The majority Vacheron’s Historiques Cornes de Vache chronographs were cased in rose-gold (added in 2016), with very few examples thought to have been made in platinum. The Historiques Cornes De Vache 1955, in stainless steel, was a limited edition run of only 36 pieces, designed and sold exclusively by Hodinkee and Vacheron Constantin, in New York.

The watch displays a grey opaline dial with graduated pulsation scale. The dial is classically understated, balancing the outer five-minute divisions and pulsation scale perfectly. The watch displays five hands - hours, minutes, and seconds for the time, with seconds and minute hands for the chronograph. Overall, the dial layout is cleanly designed, with the chronograph highly-legible. Measuring 38.5mm in diameter, the Historiques Cornes de Vache case is larger than the original reference (35mm), though moderately sized, by today’s standards. The case features long, curved, tapering lugs and a polished, chamfered bezel. The snap-on, display case-back, shows the Maltese cross and manufacturer's hallmarks, along with its unique reference numbers and special "Limited Edition of 36 for HODINKEE" engraving. The sapphire screw-down case-back and round pump pushers, allow for water-resistance of up to 30 meters.

The Historiques Cornes De Vache 1955 integrates Vacheron’s 21-jewel, manual-winding, 1142 caliber, based upon a thoroughly re-worked ‘Nouvelle Lemania’ 2310 ebauche - much like the Patek Philippe ref. 3970, 5070 and 5970. The movement is beautifully finished, with exquisite chamfering on all angles, polishing and decoration, in the form of Geneva striping. Improvements in the 1142 are evident in the shape of the chronograph levers, tension springs and (purely aesthetic) Maltese Cross on top of the column wheel - as well as the free-sprung balance with Breguet overcoil.

In homage to the number of original Cornes de Vache chronographs produced in the 1950s, only 36 of this special limited edition will ever be made.

This Limited Edition, Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache comes as a full-set, on a matte, grey alligator strap and corresponding steel, tang buckle.

Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.

Brand: Vacheron Constantin
Model: Historiques Cornes De Vache 1955 Chronograph for HODINKEE  5000H/00A 
Movement: mechanical manual-winding Cal. 1142
Functions: chronograph, hours, minutes, sub-seconds
Features: pulsometer scale, Cornes de Vaches lugs, display back, Anthracite-grey opalescent dial
Case: 38.5 mm steel
Crystal: sapphire, display back
Bracelet: matte grey alligator strap, corresponding steel Vacheron Constantin tang buckle
Year: 2017
Box & papers: full-set (available from the 22/03/19)
This manual-winding, grey anthracite dial, steel Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache Chronograph for HODINKEE is in mint condition and has perfect mechanical functionality. It is guaranteed for authenticity and comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man.

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches are covered by a full, or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. 

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We offer worldwide delivery on all of our watches.

If ordering from the UK or Europe before 1 PM, your watch will be sent the same working day. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working day.

If ordering from outside Europe, delivery will depend on choice of courier and destination. 

You can cancel your order without giving any reason, within 14 days from the day the watch has been delivered to you.

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