Vulcain updates the layout of its signature alarm function while adhering to its design ethos with the new 50s Presidents’ Watch Tradition
Whether one is scatter-brained or just needs an occasional reminder, there’s no denying the usefulness of having an alarm, especially on one’s wrist. Vulcain has chosen to relook its mechanical alarm wristwatch – the brand’s hallmark since the 1940s – and created a new version that still respects the brand’s heritage.
Traditionally, all the hands on Vulcain’s 50s Presidents’ Watch share a common axis at the centre of the dial. This includes the hour, minute, and second hands, as well as the arrow-tipped alarm hand, which points to a scale with 10-minute subdivisions on the dial’s edge for alarm setting. Pointing it to number “50” between the four and five o’clock positions, for example, sets the alarm for either 04:50 or 16:50, depending on the current time. Operating it is thus no different from most analogue alarm clocks and other mechanical alarm wristwatches, which makes it an intuitive affair.
The new 50s Presidents’ Watch Tradition breaks the mould by giving the alarm hand its own sub-dial at four o’clock, which is balanced on the left side by a small seconds counter. Other elements of the model have been preserved; the hands, indexes, and Arabic numeral typeface are of the same design as existing 50s Presidents’ Watch models. The result is a refreshing change, but one that does not dilute the magic of the original. The heart of this watch is the Vulcain Cricket Manufacture Calibre V-40. Its two barrels are hand-wound to separately power the time-keeping function for 42 hours and the alarm function for 20 seconds. MOVEMENT Manual-winding Vulcain Cricket Manufacture Calibre V-40 with 42-hour power reserve
CASE 42mm in steel, water resistant to 50m STRAP Black alligator with steel ardillon buckle PRICE $8,840 to $9,990