The Vacheron Constantin 1955 Cornes de Vache, and Milestone Vintage Chronographs from the Museum

By rolex
April 24, 2021
6 min read

Based on the vintage reference 6087, a watch dispatched in 1955, the modern supposed Cornes de Vache is, without question, perhaps the most sought-after Vacheron Constantin Chronographs. Accessible just in platinum or pink gold until as of late, another steel adaptation has as of late been presented … however given the restricted creation and incredible demand, it is extremely hard to track down. On the event of a visit to the Manufacture, we have investigated some achievement watches from the Vacheron Constantin exhibition hall assortments to all the more likely understand the beginning of this heavenly chronograph.

POCKET CHRONOGRAPHS

As you would anticipate from the oldest watchmaker that has been underway without interference, Vacheron Constantin has a rich history in chronographs (and in watches as a rule). The company delivered dead-beat seconds pocket watches, frequently regarded as the progenitor of the chronograph, as ahead of schedule as 1819 – with an independent dead-beat seconds fueled by a dedicated stuff train.

Still, the historical backdrop of the Vacheron Constantin chronograph – genuine ones, this time – begins in the second 50% of the 19th century. The first known Vacheron Constantin chronograph, a tracker type gold pocket watch sold in the United States, was delivered in 1876.

Soon after, in 1889, the brand produced its first split-second (rattrapante) chronograph, a pocket watch shipped off Buenos Aires for a pony hustling aficionado. It was a couple of years after the ghost of the first split-seconds chronograph.

Another striking model was the 1917 commission from the American Army for 5,000 chronographs for its Corps of Engineers occupied with the cycle of remaking in Europe. More than 3,000 silver chronographs with radium dials were delivered until 1919.

POST-WWI – FIRST WRIST CHRONOGRAPHS

The first Vacheron Constantin wrist chronograph traces all the way back to 1917 with a solitary push piece gold model with brief counter. Normally, this early chronograph with meager, short drags actually helps to remember a tracker pocket watch chronograph. The first piece of the 20th century observes the approach of wristwatches whose pragmatic and utilitarian side prepared for instrument watches, designed for explicit purposes, including chronographs. Vacheron Constantin was no special case for this trend.

Housed in hearty cases made from gold or, all the more once in a while, from stepped steel, they stood apart with their cleaned up stylish. The first chronographs brandishing two press catches show up during the 1930s (one for the beginning/stop work, the other for the reset work – a creation of Breitling). Among the features of the time frame, references 4072 and 4178, notable among authorities, are as yet regarded today as especially critical pieces inside the legacy of the Maison.

1940S and 1950S – A CREATIVE MOMENTUM

The 1940s and 1950s saw extraordinary imagination and were set apart by the unimaginable number of varieties in the general feel of Vacheron Constantin’s wristwatches and wrist chronographs – specifically through case designs and refined drag styles. Affected by this innovative force, the brand made various wonderful watches, among which the 1955 reference 6087, referred to now as the Cornes de Vache (cow horns).

Presented the time of Vacheron Constantin’s 200th commemoration, the reference 6087 was the brand’s first waterproof and amagnetic chronograph. Its actually complex development included a screwed caseback and a delicate iron inward security for its type 492, an exemplary hand-wound and section wheel development dependent on a Valjoux ébauche. This was the predominant standard, harking back to the 1940s and 1950s when most top of the line brands depended on expert development producer Valjoux for chronograph developments. Back in the days, the thought of in-house developments was not actually a natural idea in watchmaking.

The Vacheron Constantin Chronograph reference 6087 Cornes de Vache was created in yellow gold, pink gold and platinum. Close to 36 pieces were made altogether, making it an incredibly desirable and significant piece – it can without much of a stretch bring six-figure costs at barters, similar to this model sold by Phillips .

THE MODERN Chronograph CORNES DE VACHE

The second existence of the Chronograph Cornes de Vache started in 2015 when Vacheron Constantin delivered the reference 5000H, a watch extraordinarily roused by the reference 6087. The model selects a bigger – yet exquisite – measurement of 38.5mm – versus 35mm for the 1955 model. The first form of this watch, fabricated in platinum, included a silver opaline dial with Roman numerals and a tachymeter scale – the first reference 6087 was made with a few dials, with or without extra scales. It was continued in 2016 by a 18k pink gold model, again with an opaline silver dial.

The development found in the modern Chronograph Cornes de Vache is the brilliant hand-wound type 1142, created in-house and dependent on the Lemania 2310 dating from the 1940s. While not truly important (not Valjoux-based), this development has a work of art, old-school design with segment haggle grasp and impeccably fits the general vintage-enlivened idea of the Cornes de Vache Chronograph.

Launched in September 2019, the new steel rendition holds a large part of the ascribes of the valuable metal models. A similar case design and width, a similar dial format and a similar development, anyway with a two-tone opaline dial.

The Vacheron Constantin Chronograph Cornes de Vache 1955 in steel is worn on an earthy colored calf calfskin lash made by Serapian, a top of the line Italian cowhide merchandise Maison as of late gained by Richemont. Cost is set at CHF 42,600. While it isn’t by and large modest, it unquestionably is an alluring proposal in comparison to other top-level chronograph producers… and in the event that you can bear the cost of it, you’ll end up with an amazingly exquisite watch from a brand with probably the most extravagant family in chronographs.

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Current Vacheron Constantin Chronograph Movements

Vacheron Constantin pride themselves, with reason, on a rich chronograph development portfolio. The brand produces an assortment of types, some coordinated programmed, some old fashioned hand-twisted, some furnished with extraordinary complications…

Among these, the type 1142 is an exemplary development, run of the mill of the 1940s. In view of the Lemania 2310, it is fabricated in-house by Vacheron Constantin. It is the replacement of the Caliber 1141, upgraded to the Geneva trademark particulars. Specs 1142: hand-wound development – 27.5mm x 5.57 mm – 21,600 vibrations each hour – 48h force hold – 21 gems – section haggle grasp chronograph, hours, minutes and little seconds – Hallmark of Geneva

The Caliber 5200 is a modern programmed chronograph that was introduced in 2016 to control the Overseas. Specs 5200: automatic development – 30.6mm x 6.60mm – 28,800 vibrations each hour – 52h force hold – 54 gems – section haggle grip chronograph, hours, minutes, little seconds, date – Hallmark of Geneva

Presented in 2015, the type 3200 (tourbillon escapement) and type 3300 are hand-wound mono-pusher chronographs with section haggle grasp. Specs 3200: hand-wound development – 32.80mm x 6.70mm – 18,000 vibrations each hour – 65h force hold – 39 gems – mono-pusher chronograph section wheel, level grip, hours, minutes, little seconds, power save marker, tourbillon – Hallmark of Geneva. Specs 3300: hand-wound development – 32.80mm x 6.70mm – 21,600 vibrations each hour – 65h force save – 35 gems – mono-pusher chronograph segment wheel, flat grasp, hours, minutes, little seconds, power save pointer – Hallmark of Geneva

The brand additionally fabricates some claim to fame chronographs, for example, the type 3500/260, an extra-dainty split-seconds chronograph or the system of the reference 57260 whose amazing rundown of complications includes a retrograde seconds split-seconds chronograph.