Introducing the Historiques 1955 Chronographe Cornes de Vache

It's finally here! One of my all time favorite chronographs is being reissued in the Historiques collection: the "cow horn" lugs chronograph.

and the modern version actually looks better than the original version in my opinion!

38.5mm platinum case housing Cal 1142 with Geneva Seal 

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I just fell off my chair!
08/17/2015 - 21:19

I'll send VC the medical bills.  wink

Ok, this is awesome!  The Harmony Collection is dazzling, but this is what I have been waiting for, and I did nto even know I was waiting for it.  What a brilliant use to which VC has put the new cal. 1142.   

Beautifully done, Vacheron Constantin, beautifully done.



PS -- Thanks for sharing this, Alex. 

08/17/2015 - 21:35

Wow... I find the Cow lugs much better in white metal... it's stunning !

Oh la vache!
08/17/2015 - 22:46

The watch looks gorgeous, even if the way the surfaces are worked will only reveal themselves in the metal.

I'm glad this more classical chronograph is unveiled, it remains unique in VC's collection today and brings back the post-WWII chronographs design.

Each time the brand next door makes a step forward, I have a look at what VC will do and I must say that this model is so much more desirable, so much charm and appeal.

The 1142 has also protected its assets compared to its competitors (finishings), that some traded for easier manufacturing processes.


A great move from VC.


Absolutely Stunning!
08/17/2015 - 22:49

When I was in Geneva and tried the ladies 1142, the pushers were butter.  Now we have the men's version, and I am expecting the same beautiful feel.  I love the case back change and the size upgrade from the 47101/47111.  Horn lugs look great.  When I was in the museum and saw the original version, it was just OK for me.  This one in white metal is a killer.  And the pullover from Harmony on the column wheel is marvelous


The press release says "limited production" .  I am assuming that this is not a numbered limited edition, just the same as the rest of the Historiques line.  Hard to Get!

Bravo to the design team.

Now the question is, how much money do I have to save up?



Re: Absolutely Stunning!
08/18/2015 - 04:14

Hi Joe, you are correct.  All the Historiques watches are Limited Production, it is not a Limted Edition to a specific quantity.  It should be as readily available as the others in the Historiques Collection. :-)

Excited like everyone else!
08/17/2015 - 23:18

Wow? It looks about perfect, pending fit, feel and finish.

Updated only where needed. No awkwardness in the name of modern design. Will look just as good 60 years from now too. 

Well done Vacheron!!

I look forward to real pictures and stories from happy owners.

Re: Introducing the Historiques 1955 Chronographe Cornes de Vache
08/18/2015 - 01:22

WoW, Alex!

You didn't waste any time!

What a lovely watch, front and back. I love the blue chrono and totalizer hands and the blue "doctor's scale" around the periphery.

The lugs are a "killer"

And the 1142 movement...when I saw it on the ladies watch I though it was the most beautiful iteration of this movement ever. Well, Vacheron does not disappoint!

And with all the enhancements the lineage is still so apparent. The grandson is more handsome than his grandfather.

Well done, Vacheron!


Hi JB, I don't see a doctor's scale? :-(
08/18/2015 - 04:26

I only see a tachymeter scale?  I do prefer Doctor's scale and telemetre scales though.

Re: Introducing the Historiques 1955 Chronographe Cornes de Vache
08/18/2015 - 02:03

Gorgeous Alex. My guess was sort of correct. wink

Somehow this looks nicer than the Harmony dials. 

What is the price on this one?

Eventully, will there be a non Platinum version?

This is worth saving up for.

I Love this watch
08/18/2015 - 04:18

I agree with you and others, I think this watch is better than the original version.  Not something I believe about all the others in the Historiques collection.

The 38.5mm is perfect for me.

I'm not a chronograh guy, but I do lust after this one a bit. yesheart

Late to the party , but WOW ! This is what 've been waiting for ....
08/18/2015 - 05:39

Think seeing it in real will push me off the edge . 

the tipping point will reside on the accented blue on the dial ... Have to see in real nt.
08/18/2015 - 05:43


I particularly
08/18/2015 - 11:27

appreciate the effort to reduce case size, I hope this is going to start a new trend.

I remember I counted 2 wire springs in cal. 1141, which are clearly absent in cal 1142, apart from that, I would be curious to know the further enhancements (in terms of habillage of the movement) made to meet the Geneva seal standards.

Anyway, the movement looks gorgeous. Needless to say I think the same of the watch as whole.

I feel lucky I am a witness of what Vacheron Constantin is doing in these recent years.

Re: Introducing the Historiques 1955 Chronographe Cornes de Vache
08/18/2015 - 16:43

oh my god!!!!!!!!! my heart stands still!

what a beautiful piece!!!!!!


my compliment to vacheron!

Historiques 1955 Chronographe Cornes de Vache: Very Exciting Novelty
08/18/2015 - 18:19

Big congratulations to VC team for this creation.

I hope to have chance to put it on my wrist to evaluate the feeling.

A successful model for sure.

I try to imagine an alternative model either in Excellence Platine Edition or with a guilloche dial as my own 47111.



How do people rate this current period in comparison with other periods of VC history?
08/18/2015 - 21:25

I only know the last ten years well, with a reasonable understanding of the 40's to 60's. It just seems VC is producing one unbelievable creation after another. This one is a heart-achingly beautiful creation, perfect in PT950. Edu

Interesting question Edu
08/19/2015 - 01:05

I love this chronograph, but being part of the Historiques collection...I would still owe its existence to the 40s-60s era, which I still think was the Golden Age of mechanical watchmaking and Art Deco design.

This past decade, VC has really created a Renaissance with the Metiers-de-Arts and been quite Avant Garde with the Quai de I'lle.  The new movements, since cal 1400, have been terrific. 

Hmmm, without a Golden a Renaissance possible?

BR, Dan

Well stated Edu and Dan
08/19/2015 - 14:50

and interesting note about the reference number. Who knows what future will bring? It's going to be a bright one anyway cool


Ref. 5000H/000P-B058
08/19/2015 - 00:56

I just realized that the new Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 is Ref. 5000H.   Is there any significance to this being the first VC watch to ever use a "5000" series number?

VC never used a 4-digit Ref. number that begins with a 5.  But then again, this should be considered a 5-digit Ref. number, but I don't think VC has ever used a Ref. number that ended in a letter, does the "H" stand for Historiques and is this part of a new numbering system?

Re: Introducing the Historiques 1955 Chronographe Cornes de Vache
08/19/2015 - 11:08

Thanks for the post Alex. Its indeed a beautifully crafted watch.  The case design and prportions are spot on.  Hoping to see it close up during the upcoming W&W event.



Hi the Historiques 1955 Chronographe Cornes de Vache and welcome to my top3 list :)
08/20/2015 - 09:42

You're in good company with the American 1921 and the 47212. I hope to make your acquintance soon. :)


I believe our dear Alwx owes SOMEONE a "thank you"
08/22/2015 - 21:52

Even if it isn't a mono pusher. Check out the end of this thread.

there is a lot interesting in that last couple paragraphs.

Anyway, what an amazing piece.  Hope to see one in the metal soon.