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  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: 2017
    Reference No: 5000H
    Movement No: 5’381’845
    Case No: 1’368’615
    Model Name: Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1142, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel
    Dimensions: 38.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed. Caseback additionally engraved ‘Limited Edition of 36 for HODINKEE’.
    Accessories: Accompanied by original Vacheron Constantin guarantee, two additional custom calfskin leather straps supplied by HODINKEE, USB key, Vacheron Constantin passport, and original Vacheron Constantin presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Initially introduced in 2015, and offered only in platinum, the Cornes de Vache from Vacheron Constantin’s Historiques collection is based on the iconic reference 6087, manufactured in 1955. The moniker ‘Cornes de Vache’, meaning ‘bull’s horns’ reflects the flamboyant and powerfully curved lugs, present on both the vintage and this modern iteration. Twenty-eight examples in yellow gold are known to exist of the original reference 6087, the only vintage Vacheron Constantin with a screw-down case back and circular chronograph pushers. It was only in production for about a decade, and the last chronograph to be manufactured by Vacheron until 1989.

    On February 7th, 2017, online watch publication HODINKEE released the fourth of their limited edition collaborations, this stainless steel Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955. Though it was already available in platinum and 18k rose gold, the stainless steel version, with pulsometer scale and ‘anthracite grey opaline’ dial, released by HODINKEE in only 36 examples, thrilled collectors all over the world. It built not only on the aesthetic foundation of the original reference 6087, but incorporated modern improvements introduced with the platinum Cornes de Vache in 2015, such as the updated manually-wound chronograph caliber 1142 and an increase in size from the original’s 35mm diameter to 38.5mm diameter.

    The 36 Cornes de Vaches Historiques 1955 for HODINKEE sold out in less than thirty minutes. So successful was the model that immediately following its announcement, the wait list reached 130 names.

    Three elements make the HODINKEE limited edition so prized among collectors: a case metal choice of stainless steel, a pulsometer scale designed for medical professionals replacing the tachymeter scale used for the regular production model, and the gorgeous anthracite opaline dial that changes color with the slightest lighting alteration. Much like the original reference 6087, the ornate architecture of the case complements the simplicity of the two-register layout perfectly, creating an elegant and classic profile.

  • Artist Biography

    Vacheron Constantin

    Swiss • 1755

    The world's oldest watch brand in continuous operation since its founding in 1755, Vacheron Constantin was the first watch company to manufacture movements with interchangeable parts beginning in 1839. Vacheron's watches are admired for their Latin-influenced case designs, well-balanced proportions and exquisitely finished movements of the highest quality. The Geneva-based manufacturer is known for their highly complicated masterpieces, including the King Farouk Grand Complication made in 1935, the Tour de l'Ile that was the most complicated serially produced wristwatch when introduced in 2005 and the 57260 — the world’s most complicated watch — made in 2015.

    Key vintage models include minute repeating wristwatches such as the references 4261, chronographs such as the references 4178 and 6087 and the oversized Cioccolotone models such as ref. 4737. Collectors also appreciate Vacheron's Chronometer Royal pocket and wristwatches, as well as the '222,' the brand's first luxury sports watch produced from 1977 through 1984.

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Ref. 5000H
A very fine and rare stainless steel limited edition chronograph wristwatch with pulsations dial and unusual lugs, accompanied with original guarantee, additional straps, and presentation box

38.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed. Caseback additionally engraved ‘Limited Edition of 36 for HODINKEE’.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $93,750

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STYLED. Timeless Watches & How to Wear Them

New York Auction 5 December 2018