Watch blog Hodinkee has had its hand designing a couple limited edition watches, and they’ve all sold out within hours of being announced. With that in mind, I’d recommend getting your accountant on the phone ASAP if you plan on getting their latest collaboration, the (deep breath) Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 Limited Edition for Hodinkee.
This 36-piece run is based on Vacheron Constantin’s Historiques Cornes de Vache, itself an homage to Vacheron’s reference 6087 from the 1950s: a rare but celebrated chronograph nicknamed “Cornes de Vache” (French for “cow horns”) for the unique shape of its lugs, and the first Vacheron chronograph to be considered waterproof. The modern version isn’t exactly a diver, with only 30 meters of water resistance, but it does boast Vacheron’s Caliber 1142, a beautiful, hand-wound column wheel chronograph movement.
Hodinkee saw fit to add a slate gray opaline dial and swap the standard watch’s tachymeter scale for a pulsometer. Most notable is the case material: stainless steel. Vacheron only makes the current Historiques Cornes de Vache in platinum and pink gold, which means that, despite the fact that this is a (very) limited edition piece, it comes in at “only” $45,000. Yeah, 45 large isn’t exactly chump change, but it’s roughly $8,000 cheaper than the gold version (and more than $20,000 less than the platinum). Like I said, get your accountant on the phone ASAP.