Vacheron has been on a roll these days. First, the Harmony collection, which debuted to almost unanimous praise. Then September’s announcement of the ref 57260 pocketwatch which, with 57 complications, is the world’s most complicated watch. And now the Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955. All this in a year when Vacheron is celebrating the 260th anniversary of the company’s founding. Of the so-called “Big Three” of Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Vacheron, the latter has often existed somewhat in the shadow of the sheer might of Patek and the bold watches of AP. But it has always had a devoted following and never really wavered from its commitment to haute horlogerie. But this year feels different. It seems like Vacheron is taking its share of the spotlight, showing us what those two and a half centuries mean in terms of design and watchmaking. And in a way, it also feels like they’re just getting started.

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