Vulcain is a brand that is very rich in history. From the dawn of the brand by the Ditisheim brothers in 1858, when it was know for its Chronometer grade and complicated pieces, to the development of the 1st functioning mechanical alarm wristwatch (the Cricket) in 1947, the brand has been renowned for it quality. I am happy to say... AZ Fine Time is now an authorized dealer for Vulcain.
Vulcain-1 by JoeAZFT, on Flickr
In 1947, Vulcain also started being worn by US Presidents. Trumann, Eisenhower, Nixon, and Johnson all wore Vulcain Crickets and utilized the alarm function when necessary. Today, it is still labeled "The Presidents Watch" and even owned by our current president.
Vulcain-14 by JoeAZFT, on Flickr
All Vulcain Crickets are in house manufactured in Le Locle Switzerland, the same city in which it was born. This year, Vulcain also added heavily modified & decorated ETA based movements to the series to add more variety.
Vulcain-22 by JoeAZFT, on Flickr
Vulcain-25 by JoeAZFT, on Flickr
The movements are incredibly impressive in both finish and in complication. The cricket series (ranging from the V-10 to V-28) use 2 barrels (one for the time keeping and one for the alarm) and come in both manual wind and automatic variations. In either form they both have Vulcains Exactomatic system (patented in 1946) for the balancewheel/hairspring axis, which equalizes the friction on the balance staff by modifying the end jewels in the Incabloc shock absorber to give the hairspring a more stable and regular amplitude when being worn. This makes the watch more accurate, consistent and less prone to shock.
Vulcain-8 by JoeAZFT, on Flickr
Vulcain-6 by JoeAZFT, on Flickr
The rotors in the automatics utilize ceramic bearings to make for smooth winding with no need for lubricants. There are many notable benefits to ceramic bearings such as less friction, greater durability and a higher winding efficiency. Ceramic bearings are also found in such high-end brands as JLC or Patek Phillipe.
Vulcain-7 by JoeAZFT, on Flickr
There are anywhere from 157 parts (manual wind) to 257 parts (automatic) in a Cricket movement and both beat at a rate of 18,000 beats per hour. All Crickets have a 42 hour power reserve and and a 15-20 second alarm duration.
Vulcain-13 by JoeAZFT, on Flickr
Vulcain is a very high quality brand with great complications. We have always admired this line and are very happy to add it to our roster. We are expecting our 1st shipment of this brand to arrive from Switzerland in the next couple weeks and are very much so looking forward to having them in the store.
Vulcain-20 by JoeAZFT, on Flickr
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