Vulcain, “Cricket” for Only Watch Vulcain, Le Locle, “Skeleton Cricket” unique piece. Very fine and unique, center seconds, waterresistant 18K pink gold wristwatch with alarm and an 18K pink gold Vulcain buckle. Accompanied by fitted box and Certificate.
Case: Three-body, solid, polished and brushed, inclined bezel, stepped lugs, case back secured by 6 screws engraved “Unique Piece”, “Only Watch 2011”, sapphire case back revealing the stylized “V” for Vulcain, back pierced for alarm sounding, crown at 3 for hand and alarm hand setting, button at 2 for alarm setting and silence, sapphire crystal.
Dial: Silver with blue Arabic quarter hour numerals and baton indexes, outer Arabic numerals for the alarm setting. Blue skeletonized alpha hands.
Movement: Cal. Vulcain V19, hand-crafted skeleton execution, engraved, rhodium-plated, 18 jewels, monometallic balance, shock absorber, self-compensating flat balance spring. Dial, case and movement signed. Diameter 42 mm.
Estimated Price: €25,000 – 45,000
Realised Price: €11,500
A century and a half of watchmaking passion, as well as 150 years of creation, innovation and expertise patiently acquired and now devoted to defending the demanding values of Haute Horlogerie. Founded in 1858, the workshop of the Ditisheim brothers – which was to give rise to the Vulcain brand – immediately earned itself an enviable reputation through its complication watches, which received awards at several World Fairs. Almost a century later, Vulcain launched the first ever mechanical alarm movement, which soon achieved worldwide fame. The legendary Cricket calibre took flight before finding its place in the history books as “The Presidents’ Watch”. American heads of state Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Trumann, Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson all wore a Vulcain on their wrist, a fact that earned the brand its prestigious reputation. But the technical qualities of Vulcain watches also appealed to explorers and adventurers. From the 1950s onwards, the brand in Le Locle was to partner famous mountaineering and maritime expeditions.