World of Watches (Singapore) - - Basel Report | Highlights -

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

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