♥♥♥ Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 Chronograph

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Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 Chronograph - Perpetuelle

Named Cornes de vache 1955 because of its distinctively-shaped lugs (cornes de vache translates as:  cow horns), the latest release from Vacheron Cosntantin is a contemporary interpretation of a model created by the manufacture in 1955, the Vacheron Constantin reference 6087.  The 6087 was the first water-resistant and anti-magnetic chronograph crafted by Vacheron Constantin, “one of the three chronographs from the Manufacture that are most keenly coveted by collectors.”  Alongside its emblematic lugs, the original ref 6087 featured a 35 mm-diameter round case in 18-carat yellow gold featuring twin “mushroom-type” pushpieces and a screwed-in back.  This double-pusher chronograph was equipped with a tachometric scale was powered by hand-wound Caliber 492, itself protected against magnetism by a soft iron cage. We’ll take a closer look at this new modern day interpretation, below.

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Buying Time: Blue Dial Watches

Blue Dial Watch Cover - Perpetuelle

In this week’s episode of Buying Time, we are looking at pre-owned watches that sit within a fun sub-category of the watch world:  watches with blue dials.  Most watch brands have at least one or two blue-dialed watches in their stable, and for good reason.  The most common dial colors are black, silver, grey, and white.  Beyond this, it gets tricky for watchmakers to venture to other parts of the color palette, though other colors are on occasion used to good aesthetic effect (e.g. salmon, red, brown).  Blue, however, often lends itself to an eye-pleasing result on the dial of the watch and is thus probably the most widely used color apart from the monochrome palette.  Particularly on the pieces I’ve found for you today.  Let’s get started.

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A One-of-a-Kind Tudor Black Bay Heritage (Ref 7923/001)

Tudor Heritage Black One ONLY WATCH 2015 new vs old - Perpetuelle

Participating in Only Watch (during which 44 watches, each a unique piece, will auction for charity) for the first time, Tudor has created this unique Heritage Black Bay One.  The piece reinterprets Tudor’s vintage Submariner reference 7923, one of the brand’s least known references from the 1950s. The only diver’s watch Tudor ever made with a hand-wound movement, it borrows design features from the original including a glossy black dial with gilt printing, gold baton hands, two lines of text including the depth rating, and patinated luminous hour markers.  The depth rating printed in red, as well as the red triangle underlying the luminous dot on the bezel at 12 o’clock, are unique to this model.  The watch has a 41mm stainless steel case, housing a self-winding Tudor caliber 2824 movement.   The Heritage Black Bay One will include an aged brown leather strap and a grey, jacquard-weave fabric NATO-style strap.

Tudor Heritage Black One ONLY WATCH 2015 dial detail - Perpetuelle

Tudor Heritage Black One ONLY WATCH 2015 caseband and lugs - Perpetuelle

Tudor Heritage Black One ONLY WATCH 2015 - Perpetuelle

Only Watch 2015 takes place November 7, 2015, with the watches to be sold going on a six city “world tour” starting on September 23rd.

You can browse other interesting pieces that are part of the 2015 Only Watch lineup, right here>>>

Did You Know?

The Tudor Submariner Ref 7923 is the only Tudor diver’s watch ever made with a hand-wound movement.

Introducing the Montblanc Homage to Nicolas Rieussec II Monopusher Chronograph

Montblanc Hommage to Nicolas Rieussec II  watch - Perpetuelle

Here’s your first look at the Montblanc “Homage to Nicolas Rieussec II” model, designed to commemorate the second invention presented in 1825 by Nicolas Rieussec, the inventor of the first “inking chronograph” patented in 1821.  Rieussec’s inking chronograph featured a process for marking the duration of time periods through the tip of a direct-drive seconds hand loaded with ink (see Did You Know below for more).   The use of ink now of course long gone as a matter of practicality, the new Homage to Nicolas Rieussec II chronograph in the Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec collection displays the date, a second time zone indication and a day/night indication as well as being a monpusher chronograph with a Manufacture caliber.  Issued in a limited edition of 565 timepieces, the 43 mm-diameter Montblanc Homage to Nicolas Rieussec II watch in steel is a sophisticated and elegant looking timepiece with great lume-views (see below for more pics).

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