VACHERON CONSTANTIN COLLABORATES WITH HODINKEE TO REVEAL A LIMITED EDITION TIMEPIECE

February 2017

VACHERON CONSTANTIN COLLABORATES WITH HODINKEE TO REVEAL A LIMITEDEDITION TIMEPIECE

HODINKEE and Vacheron Constantin are delighted to unveil the Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 Limited Edition for HODINKEE.  The timepiece retails for $45,000 USD and is available via reservation-only through HODINKEE.com starting February 9, 2017 at 11:30am EST. This limited edition for HODINKEE is offered in stainless steel for the first time ever, and features a unique slate grey opaline dial.

AN EXCEPTIONAL COLLABORATION

Originally introduced as reference 6087 over 60 years ago, Vacheron Constantin’s Cornes de Vache timepieces typically feature a tachymeter scale, while the new Limited Edition for HODINKEE will have a pulsation scale, a design feature that gives this timepiece a new purpose. Led by Vacheron Constantin Artistic Director Christian Selmoni, these design decisions were the result of extensive collaboration between HODINKEE and Vacheron Constantin.

Benjamin Clymer, Founder and Editorial Director of HODINKEE, explains, “Vacheron Constantin has always represented something very special to both me and to all watch lovers”. “It has stayed true to its roots and remained one of the great bastions of traditional Swiss watchmaking. In thinking about a fine watchmaker with which to work, there is truly no one else that shares the same values and places as much focus on design and longevity. It is truly a dream to be working with Vacheron Constantin on this project.”


TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE AND BEAUTIFUL AESTHETIC

“The Cornes de Vache 1955 is the perfect integration of technical excellence and a beautiful aesthetic, and is one of my favorite additions to our Historiques collection at Vacheron Constantin” said Christian Selmoni.

“Because this is a thoroughly modern watch made in the year 2017, we didn’t want to use a color that was common in the 1950s, so we chose a slate grey,” shared Benjamin Clymer.  To highlight the purpose-driven chronographs of the 1950s, the pulsometer scale was used: “In a way, the pulsations scale, or pulsometer, is the most specific and purpose driven of any scale found on a chronograph in the 1950s, and because of that, we wanted to bring it to the forefront today. Chronographs of that time period were truly devised to act as tools in a certain profession, so we wanted to bring back some of that purpose to this limited edition timepiece.”
 

HAND-WOUND CALIBER 1142

A reinvented legend, the Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 features two classic round push pieces and an exceptional hand-wound Caliber 1142, beating at a frequency of 3 Hz. Aesthetically, the design showcases Vacheron Constantin’s iconic ‘cow-horn’ lugs. The screwed-in caseback is fitted with a transparent sapphire crystal for easy viewing of an entirely hand-decorated mechanical heart. In addition to bearing the Hallmark of Geneva, the Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 timepiece pays tribute to the chronograph – which holds a special place in Vacheron Constantin’s heritage.
 

A LIMITED EDTITION

The Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 Limited Edition for HODINKEE is limited to 36 pieces, a historically significant homage to the original watch, given that the reference 6087 model produced in the 1950s was created in just 36 pieces. The engraving, “Limited Edition of 36 for HODINKEE” can be seen on the caseback. Each timepiece is shipped with three straps: A Vacheron Constantin grey alligator strap, a HODINKEE strap in light grey textured calfskin, and a HODINKEE strap in natural tan Barenia leather. All straps are completely hand-made and capture the style and elegance of the beautiful Cornes de Vache case shape.

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The Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 Limited Edition for HODINKEE

The Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 Limited Edition for HODINKEE

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Christian Selmoni, Artistic Director, Vacheron Constantin and Benjamin Clymer, Founder and Editorial Director, HODINKEE

Christian Selmoni, Artistic Director, Vacheron Constantin and Benjamin Clymer, Founder and Editorial Director, HODINKEE

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The Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 Limited Edition for HODINKEE features a slate grey opaline dial and pulsation scale

The Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 Limited Edition for HODINKEE features a slate grey opaline dial and pulsation scale

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The Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 Limited Edition for HODINKEE is made in stainless steel for the first time

The Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 Limited Edition for HODINKEE is made in stainless steel for the first time

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The limited edition timepiece is limited to 36 pieces

The limited edition timepiece is limited to 36 pieces