Saturday, October 3, 2015

Vulcain - A Look Back at the Brand’s Flagship Collections and Historic Inspirations

Since its re-launch in the early 2000s, Vulcain, the Le Locle- based watch manufacture has produced a string of timepieces inspired directly by its past and its rich history. Through iconic models such as the Nautical (1961) and its unrivalled Cricket watch (1947), as well as more commercial pieces such as the Ladies’ wristwatch (1930) and its 1940s Chronograph, the brand has exploited its inspiration to the full, applying it to the development of contemporary pieces. Here we revisit 3 iconic models.

The Nautical
In 2002, a few years after its renaissance, the brand decided to turn the spotlight back onto this incomparable model by presenting the Cricket Nautical.
Cricket Nautical, 2012
  • Movement: Vulcain Cricket proprietary Calibre V-10
  • Functions: hours, minutes, central seconds, alarm, decompression tables adjustable via a screw-down crown at 4 o’clock
  • Back: triple back which acts as a resonance chamber and allows the alarm function to be used underwater
  • Dial: black re-release of the 1961 model

Historic Inspiration
In 1961, Vulcain presented one of the very first diver’s watches, with an alarm movement audible underwater: the Nautical. Its chime is a precious function which, thanks to a triple back that acts as a resonance chamber, signals to the diver that it is time to surface.
Nautical, 1961
Following this first re-release, Vulcain issued a new tribute to the legendary model in 2011 with a model that remained faithful in every detail, but with the enhanced strength, reliability and excellence afforded by modern technology.
Nautical Heritage Limited Edition
Celebrating the 50th anniversary (1961 - 2011) of the original model, The Nautical Heritage Limited Edition meets all the specifications expected of a diver’s watch.

The Cricket Model
In 2011, Vulcain decided to create a monument to its history: the Cricket model based on the iconic «Presidents’ Watch» from the 1950s. A fifties spirit for a contemporary model meeting the strictest requirements of the day - such were the principles behind the creation of the new 50s Presidents’ Watch collection.
Vulcain 50's «Presidents’ Watch», 2011
  • Movement: Vulcain Cricket proprietary Calibre V-11
  • Functions: hours, minutes, central seconds, alarm, date
  • Back: sapphire decorated with Vulcain’s stylised «V»
  • Dial: silver colour sunray with pink indices

Historic Inspiration
In 1947, Vulcain unveiled its «Cricket» alarm calibre to the world. After 5 years of painstaking work, the brand had finally succeeded in producing a genuinely functional and efficient alarm model. Its renown was almost immediate, with the new models garnering worldwide attention.
First Cricket watch, 1947
Following this first re-release, the brand began developing new timepieces every year for the collection, which quickly became the Vulcain hallmark.

The Automatic Chronograph
True to its long and consistent tradition of combining technology and accuracy, in 2012 the Vulcain manufacture reintroduced a modern version of a mono-pusher chronograph which was to become a legend. Known as the 50s Presidents’ Chronograph, this technical watch was a fusion of all things stylish, technological and legendary.
Vulcain 50s Presidents' Chronograph Monopusher, 2012
  • Movement: V-57 Automatic Calibre
  • Functions: hours, minutes, seconds on counter at 9 o’clock, alarm, date in a window at 6 o’clock, central chronograph seconds, 30 chronograph counter
  • Back: sapphire
  • Dial: blue sunray with rhodium-plated indices

Historic Inspiration
Vulcain and Real Madrid - a meeting of legends. One of Vulcain’s indisputable marketing strengths was its early apprehension of the attraction of the beautiful game. Football has always had a passionate following in the Spanish-speaking countries where the brand has been well established since the beginning of the last century.
Vulcain Chronograph Real Madrid, 1940
The association between a watch and a group of elite young sportsmen was a winning formula, as revealed by the letter to Vulcain from the Real Madrid coach, Francisco Bru: «Our training sessions, which were timed with incredible precision by a Vulcain chronometer, have led us to our most decisive win in the 1934 Spanish Championship».

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