Vulcain is, undoubtedly, a model with fairly some status and deep historic background. Largely identified for its alarm watches and devoted in-house actions, the model has been for the previous years a form of sleeping magnificence. But it surely has not too long ago been woke up and appears to be again into motion, with a concentrate on reviving superb previous fashions. The relaunch has been, in fact, with the return of the emblematic Cricket Alarm and its long-lasting motion. And now, it’s time for a classic chronograph to resurface, with the brand new Vulcain Chronograph Nineteen Seventies.
If the Alarm watches are, undoubtedly, a considerable a part of the historical past of Vulcain, there’s at all times been extra to the model than simply that – whether or not through the golden period of mechanical watchmaking or in current days. The model has been constructed round these Cricket fashions, however not solely. Digging into the outdated assortment has turn out to be a speciality for Guillaume Laidet, the person who’s additionally behind the resurrection of Nivada Grenchen and Excelsior Park. And he has discovered this basic, fairly elegant chronograph, which is now revived.
Certainly, Vulcain isn’t reinventing the wheel with its Chronograph Nineteen Seventies, and the recipe has been used many instances. However when accomplished proper, a compact vintage-inspired hand-wound chronograph at a good worth is at all times welcome. And sure, that is precisely what this new Vulcain is. 38mm in diameter, 12.40mm in top, basic design with clean bezel, domed sapphire crystal on high to imitate a retro plexiglass, and a pair of pump pushers on the aspect. Right here you go, it’s like comforting meals for watch lovers.
The step-case of the Vulcain Chronograph Nineteen Seventies is partially brushed, partially polished and comes with a closed metal again – typically it’s good to not see a motion, particularly when it’s a strong however generic one. Water-resistance is rated at 50 metres and a wide array of straps is obtainable, starting from clean leather-based to alligator pores and skin or alligator-embossed leather-based, in several colors.
The unique mannequin that was used as a supply of inspiration featured a blue dial and silver counters. And this model is again, alongside 3 different references in black reverse panda, silver panda and monotone salmon (the latter being restricted). The dial is basic, and reassuring in type with a thinly printed tachymeter scale on the periphery, a two-counter show, silver-coloured baton palms and markers with skinny strains and dots of Tremendous-LumiNova. The dials are all having a semi-gloss end, with a sunray-brushed floor.
On the coronary heart of the Vulcain Chronograph Nineteen Seventies is a tried-and-tested hand-wound motion, the Sellita SW510. Based mostly on the structure of the Valjoux, it brings reliability and ease of service, and in its newest model, this motion even comes with a strong energy reserve of 63 hours.
The Vulcain Chronograph Nineteen Seventies Hand-Wound watches will likely be accessible for orders from the model’s web site as of March twenty second, at a worth of EUR 2,500, CHF 2,500 or USD 2,650. All fashions will likely be a part of the everlasting assortment, apart from the salmon dial, which is restricted to 50 items. For extra particulars, please seek the advice of vulcain.ch.