The world of watchmaking has heartily welcomed an extraordinary Cricket Anniversary Automatic Calendar watch, manufactured by the Vulcain brand. The most striking thing about this novelty is its famous alarm movement, Cricket Calibre V-22, composed of 257 individual parts.
The brand’s proprietary anthracite-coated self-winding movement is endowed with two barrels. The first is intended for supplying the energy, necessary for the hours, minutes and seconds functions. The second one is meant for activating the alarm function with its 20-second chime.
Studded with 23 rubies, the Cricket Calibre V-22 operates at a frequency of 18,000 vibrations per hour and offers a 42-hour power reserve. Integrated within the movement there is an anthracite-coated oscillating weight, outfitted with a ceramic ball-bearing mechanism. This very structure ensures unidirectional winding of the movement. The caliber animates the functions of hours, minutes, central seconds and date, as well as the brand’s emblematic alarm function.
Another hallmark of the remarkable Vulcain watch is represented by it metal-plated sapphire dial. The metal finish produces an incredible semi-transparent effect, which improves the clarity of the dial and infuses it with an intangible aura of mystery. Unique in its character, the watch face proudly reveals an oversized date exhibition window and the date arrow, located at 6 o’clock. The display is also marked with an impressive 12 o’clock index.
The dial of the Anniversary Automatic Calendar watch is embraced by a 42 mm case, sculptured in steel or 18K rose gold. It features the dimensions of 50.40 mm x15.60 mm, length and height indicated respectively. On its front side the case is assembled with a sapphire crystal glass. The back of the timepiece bears the stylised “V” for Vulcain. The water-resistance of the watch is down to 50 meters.
The 18K rose gold interpretation of the new Vulcain Cricket Anniversary Automatic Calendar watch is mounted on a Louisiana alligator leather strap, joined to a gold pin buckle. The strap of the steel version is closed with a safety folding clasp.