Dr 500 asked me to post these scans for him but the opinions are mine (but I'm sure he shares them :-))
In the mid 90s Vacheron Constantin launched the Chronographe Historique (pictured hereunder in platinum) inspired directly from the gorgeous tear drop lug models from the 40s. This chronograph was one of the rare dress chronographs (meaning non chunky sporty) on the market and became and instant success (today it is starting to be come highly sought after colector's piece)
In 2003 the Chronographe Historique was replaced by the Malte Chronograph which a more contemporary design yet with the same "codes" as the Chronographe Historique: slim, elegant and severely cool :-) The Platinum version with the platinum dial is in my opinion one of if not THE most beautiful chronograph currently available!
Side by side: