Vulcain is proposing a world’s first: the automation of its alarm mechanical movement, that has existed up to now only in a manual-winding version. Dating back to 1947, this movement was Vulcain’s pride and joy and equipped its famous Cricket timekeeper. Today, the brand is introducing a new exclusive 12''' movement—the Cricket V-21 automatic calibre with a frequency of 18,800 vib/h, and two barrels providing a power reserve of 42 hours and an alarm of 15 to 20 seconds.
Equipped with the patented Vulcain Exactomatic system (a technique that equalizes the friction in all the positions of the balance staff) that ensures regular amplitude, the V-21 is composed of 257 elements. Its bi-metallic oscillating weight on ceramic ball bearings assures single-directional winding and is protected by two anti-shock devices. Its hammer and anvil system that guarantees the alarm has been modified, with the anvil now placed at the centre of the movement.
The Cricket V-21 calibre is now being used in two new models that will certainly be appreciated by world travellers: the Vulcain Cricket Revolution GMT and the Revolution Dual-Time. Both watches are offered in a 42-mm steel case and feature Superluminova numbers and hour markers, new open-work hands, large open date window at 6 o’clock, new crowns engraved with the sign of their respective functions, and a choice of sapphire crystal case back or triple case back serving traditionally as a resonance chamber.
From a design point of view, the new watches totally respect the traditional Cricket line with its vintage accents. Only an opening at the centre of the dial has been modified for viewing the new movement.
The Revolution GMT, besides the indications of the date and alarm in windows, offers world time in 24 cities, adjustable using a rotating bezel activated by the screw-in crown at 4 o’clock.
As for the Revolution Dual-Time, it provides a second time zone, which is adjustable in the same manner. Both timepieces are mounted on a bracelet made either from alligator or from rubberized calf leather. They will be available for sale starting this spring.
Source: Europa Star April-May 2009 Magazine Issue