The famed Cricket calibre was the very first mechanical alarm movement, worn by the likes of presidents Harry S. Truman and Richard Nixon. Since then, each U.S. President has owned a Vulcain watch — and the '50s Presidents' Watch collection is in celebration of precisely that. To pay tribute to the long-standing Cricket calibre, the lastet Presidents' Watch Traditions timepieces now sport the results of months of research and development — a new and improved version of the Cricket calibre.
With tweaks to the pivot height, pivoting and bearing jewels, the outlook of the manual movement has been altered — the Vulcain Cricket Calibre V-40 now offers improved clarity by offsetting the seconds and alarm hands. Doing away with the previous calibre's four hands in the centre, the separate seconds and alarm counter are now positioned at 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock respectively. Inwardly, the V-40 now boasts a 52-hour power reserve, made possible by an extension of the movement mainspring and reduction of the barrel-arbor diameter.
In the spirit of innovation, the manufacture d'horlogerie has brought the contemporary and its illustrious past together with their four new releases spanning 42mm in diameter. Colours such as black or grained beige lend an understated elegance to the watches. For a touch of modernity, ruthenium and silver sunray dials that come with a central embossed clous-des paris are also available. With the exception of the grained beige timepiece matched with a gold alligator strap, the three other horological numbers are paired with a black alligator strap.
The Vulcain '50s Presidents' Watch collection is available at The Hour Glass, Cortina and Sincere Fine Watches boutiques.