The Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 in precious metal is an extremely elevated timepiece, but it is also more formal than not, and in gold or platinum represents Genevan watchmaking at an overtly luxurious level. Of course, at $39,800 it is certainly, even in steel, still very much a luxury watch, but it is one that wears its fineness a bit more lightly. It is therefore not only a more accessible watch from a price perspective, but one with more versatility and with a broader appeal. The gold and platinum versions really exude a sort of grandee presence; they’re redolent of the Old World and respectable old money. This is not a criticism so much as an observation; with the introduction of the watch in steel, we now have a version of the Cornes de Vache 1955 available as a regular production model with a distinctly contemporary feel and appeal, which sacrifices nothing of its appeal to traditional fine watchmaking values as well.