In 1955, Vacheron Constantin released in limited production a timepiece that is still coveted and sought out by collectors today. Reference 6087 was the venerable maison’s first chronograph with a waterproof case, and the case itself, made of yellow gold, was also historically notable from a design standpoint, with its unusually shaped lugs that resembled the “horns of a cow” (Cornes de vache in French). Vacheron revived the model, with some modern styling and a new movement, for its vintage-inspired Historiques collection in 2015, and has thus far only offered it in precious metals. This week, however, the Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 makes its debut in stainless steel.

The Historiques Cornes de Vache gets its name from the case’s curving “cow horn” lugs.
The original “cornes de vache” model, Ref. 6087 in yellow gold, made its debut in 1955.
The distinctive case is historically accurate in most of its detailing, including the mushroom-style chronograph pushers, grooved crown, and, of course, those curvy cow-horn lugs. At 38.5 mm in diameter, it is slightly larger than the historical model’s, which was a then-common 35 mm, considered rather dainty for a gents’ watch today. The dial layout is also period-accurate with added modern nuances: applied hour indices and stick-type hour and minute hands in white gold, blued chronograph hands, 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock and running seconds display at 9 o’clock. The main dial has what Vacheron describes as a “gray velvet opaline” finish, and the subdials have a snailed finish. The minutes/seconds scale bordering the dial is white with red numerals, while the tachymeter scale that surrounds that scale — another holdover from the 1955 original — is gray velvet opaline. rolex replica

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