Vulcain is introducing two new watches: an 18k rose gold Cricket Anniversary Heart Automatic Calendar, and a Nautical Heritage Limited Edition that celebrates the 50th anniversary of a historical dive watch with mechanical alarm. Find details and prices inside.
For 2011 Vulcain presents the Anniversary Heart Automatic Calendar in a 42mm 18k rose gold case. The anthracite metallic sapphire dial provides a view of the 257-part Cricket Calibre V-22 from the manufacture in Le Locle. A cut-out reveals the date at 6 o’clock. This latest version of the Cricket alarm movement is equipped with two barrels: one to powers the timekeeping functions, and the other the alarm, which rings for a full 15-20 seconds. The escapement ticks at a classic 18,000 vibrations per hour. The unidirectional oscillating weight is fitted with a ceramic ball bearing mechanism, and the movement is visible through a sapphire caseback.
Additional information appears at the end of this article.
The Anniversary Heart Automatic Calendar in 18k rose gold is priced at $41,650.
In 1961, Vulcain presented one of the first diver’s watches with a mechanical alarm that was audible under water: the Nautical. The Nautical Heritage Limited Edition is a re-edition of that Vulcain diver’s watch, and it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the historical model. This faithful reproduction of the original is water resistant to 300 meters, equipped with the hand-wound Cricket V-10 alarm caliber. The triple case-back ensures optimal sound diffusion in water.
The re-edition is the same 42mm diameter as the original model. To facilitate reading off the stop times for each decompression stage, Vulcain has chosen to use two superimposed dials: a fixed lower dial topped by a second rotating dial adjustable by means of the screw-lock crown at 4 o’clock –and featuring a rectangular opening through which the diver can read off the stop times for the classic 9, 6 and 3 meter decompression phases, depending on the depth and the duration of the dive.
The Nautical Heritage will be issued in a limited edition of 1,961 pieces, priced at $6,475. Additional information appears at the end of this article.
ANNIVERSARY HEART CALENDAR AUTOMATIC
CASE: 18K pink gold or steel 316L – : Diameter 42.00
mm – Length 50.40 mm – Height 15.60 mm with sapphire
case-back revealing the stylized “V” for Vulcain
VULCAIN CRICKET MANUFACTURE CALIBRE V-22: 12-lignes mechanical automatic alarm calibre with date, high grade charcoal grey finish, 23 rubies, 257 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
DIALS: White sandblasted sapphire with rhodium-plated index, charcoal grey metal-plated sapphire with rhodium-plated index or charcoal grey metal-plated sapphire with 5N index
CRYSTAL: domed shape sapphire
WATER-RESISTANCE: 50 meters / 160 feet
STRAP: Louisiana alligator leather – Strap dimensions: 22/18 mm
BUCKLE: Steel folding type with security pushers or 18K, 5N pin buckle
NAUTICAL HERITAGE LIMITED EDITION
CASE: steel 316L – Diameter 42.00 mm – Length 51.00 mm – Height 17.50 mm
DIALS: Black reedition of the 1961 original dial – Limited edition of 1961 pieces
CALIBRE VULCAIN CRICKET MANUFACTURE V-10: 12-lignes mechanical hand-wound alarm calibre, 17 rubies, 157 parts, double barrel, equiped with the Exactomatic system, lift angle 48°
FUNCTIONS : hour, minute, seconds, alarm, decompression tables adjustable by a screw-lock crown at 4 o’clock
FREQUENCY : 18’000 vibrations per hour
POWER RESERVE: 42 hours
ALARM LASTING: 20 seconds
WATER-RESISTANCE: 300 meters / 990 feet
STRAP: Water-protected calf leather – Strap dimension: 22/18 mm
BUCKLE : Steel folding type with security pushers or steel pin buckle
TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Triple case-back acting as a resonance chamber and ensuring water resistance to 300 meters / 990 feet