Saturday, May 2, 2015

Vulcain 50s Presidents’ Watch Collection - Inspired by the 1950s

In 1947,  Swiss watchmaker Vulcain unveiled its first mechanical alarm wristwatch, equipped with what would become the legendary Cricket Calibre. This innovative movement would feature on numerous Vulcain wristwatches. It marked the start of a new era. The success of the Cricket watch spread rapidly. Amongst its notable wearers were Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon and Johnson, earning it the nickname of «the Presidents’ watch». The destiny of the Vulcain 50s Presidents’ Watch has developed aesthetically and mechanically throughout the history of the manufacture.
Vulcain Cricket alarm wristwatch, steel, 34 mm, pink numerals, Circa 1947
A contemporary model with a fifties spirit: that was the theme behind the creation of the 50s Presidents’ Watch collection. An alarm watch inspired by the models of the 1950s, but which meets today’s most exacting standards.
Vulcain Cricket alarm wristwatch with date and small second, 34 mm, silver colour sunray dial, baton indices, Circa 1958
Right from its launch in 2010, with the first models marketed in 2011, this range seduced watch connoisseurs and collectors the world over. Equipped with Vulcain’s now legendary Cricket Calibre, this collection was quickly made available in manual and automatic versions. Every year since then, the Le Locle manufacture has added to this range, which has gradually become known as the brand’s icon.
Vulcain Cricket alarm wristwatch, steel, 38 mm, silver dial, baton indices, Circa 1960
Remaining faithful to the graphic codes of the 1950s, the first cricket watches quickly gained worldwide success, laying the foundations for what, fifty years later, would become the 50s Presidents’ Watch collection.

Milestones
  • 1947: Cricket alarm wristwatch, steel, 34 mm, pink numerals
  • 1947: Cricket alarm wristwatch, pink gold and steel, 38 mm, silver dial with fine satin finish, pink numerals and indices
  • 1958: Cricket alarm wristwatch with date and small second, 34 mm, silver colour sunray dial, baton indices
  • 1960: Cricket alarm wristwatch, steel, 38 mm, silver dial, baton indices
  • 2011: Manual cricket alarm wristwatch, date, pink gold and steel, 42 mm, silver colour dial with central guilloché finish, pink indices
  • 2011: Automatic cricket alarm wristwatch, date, steel, 42 mm, silver colour sunray dial, rhodium plated indices
  • 2012: «Vulcain for Herbie Hancock», manual cricket alarm wristwatch, date, steel, 42 mm,blue sunray dial, rhodium-plated indices
  • 2013: Manual cricket alarm wristwatch, steel, 39 mm, silver colour sunray dial, rhodium-plated indices
  • 2013: «France Edition» manual cricket alarm wristwatch, date, steel, 42 mm, silver colour sunray dial, rhodium-plated baton indices
  • 2014: Manual cricket alarm wristwatch, steel, date, 42 mm, raspberry sunray dial, stone-set bezel, rhodium-plated indices
  • 2015:«Vulcain for Heiner Lauterbach», manual cricket alarm wristwatch, pink gold and steel, 42 mm, mother of pearl dial, pink indices

In 2015, the brand also enhanced this iconic collection with a new-look dial combining elegance and refinement. Remaining faithful to the brand’s codes, the new manual range, which is available in numerous colour options, features a subtle guilloché decoration and a strap specially designed to match the dial.

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