Monday, 16 January 2012


Few models can claim to have found their way through history on the wrist of the world’s most powerful figures. Such is the case of the Vulcain 50s Presidents’ Watch, equipped with the legendary Cricket calibre, which has lived up to its moniker since the 1950s. Powered by the hand-wound Cricket V-11 alarm movement, it now appears in a new steel-case version framing a silver-toned, anthracite or smoky grey dial enhanced by a central guilloché motif.

The Vulcain 50s Presidents’ Watch is pursuing its noble destiny. The story of this historically charged model introduced in 2010 continues through new mechanical and aesthetic interpretations. Inspired by a 1950s Vulcain model while meeting the highest contemporary standards, it comes in a two-tone 18K rose gold / steel version (with silver-toned or anthracite dial) or in steel (with a choice of silvered, anthracite and smoky grey dial). The subtle central guilloché motif accentuates its precious nature and distinguishes these models equipped with a hand-wound Vulcain alarm movement. The 42 mm-diameter case is water-resistant to 50 metres and makes a perfect fit on every wrist. Reflecting the characteristic design features of its illustrious forerunners, the dial with its slightly cambered circumference features applied hour-markers and Arabic numerals, as well as Dauphine hands with a decidedly Fifties look. This new 50s Presidents’ Watch is also fitted with a cambered sapphire crystal and a sapphire crystal caseback adorned with the stylised “V” for Vulcain.

At the heart of this new model that so powerfully revives the legend beats the 191-part hand-wound Cricket V-11 alarm movement. It is equipped with two barrels – one to deliver the energy required for the central hours, minutes and seconds functions, and the other to power the alarm which sounds for a full 20 seconds. It has a balance oscillating at 18,000 vibrations per hour and a 42-hour power reserve. A direct descendant of the famous Cricket alarm calibre that has been shaping the Vulcain legend since 1947, the Cricket V-11 movement drives a date display in addition to the other time indications, as well as the famous alarm function that has shaped the reputation of Vulcain watches and significantly contributed to earning them their undisputed status as “The Presidents’ Watch”.

WATCH Manual

Case: Steel 316L or two-tone 18K rose gold/steel - Diameter 42.00 mm - Length 50.00 mm - Height 12.40 mm with sapphire case-back revealing the stylized “V” for Vulcain

dials: silver-toned guilloché motif with rhodium-plated index, anthracite guilloché motif with rhodium-plated index, silver-toned guilloché motif with 5N index or anthracite guilloché motif with 5N index

crystal: domed shape sapphire

water resistance: 50 meters / 160 feet

straP: Louisiana Alligator leather – Strap dimensions : 22/18 mm

Buckle: Steel pin buckle or steel folding type with security pusher

Vulcain Cricket manufacture Calibre V-11: 12-lignes mechanical hand-wound alarm calibre with date, 17 rubies, 191 parts, double barrel, equipped with the Exactomatic system, lift angle 48°

FUnctions: hour, minute, seconds, alarm, date window

Frequency: 18'000 vibrations per hour

Power Reserve: 42 hours

alarm lasting: 20 seconds


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