The Swiss manufacturer, Vulcain, launched a limited edition timepiece named Un été à Champéry which means “Summer in Champery.” This novelty pays homage to Champéry, a mountain village in the Canton of Valais, Switzerland.
Champéry is an unspoilt place that still manages to preserve much of its traditional charm. It is a destination where modesty and discretion are supreme. With the limited series of 23 exceptional Un été à Champéry timepieces (the referent number is 200550.339L), Vulcain pays tribute to this magnificent village. The number 23 was chosen in honor of the steeple and bell of the church (illustrated on the dial) which work began in 1723.
The new Vulcain is housed in a pink gold case crafted from 5N 18-karat pink gold. Its polished case measures 42mm in diameter and it nicely frames the dial which is completely handcrafted by artisans mastering the centuries-old tradition of Grand Feu champlevé enamelling. The dial depicts a panorama of the Swiss alpine village of Champéry. The steeple and the main street of the Champéry are so meticulously illustrated that it takes a watchmaker’s eyepiece to appreciate every single detail.
Each dial includes more than a week’s work, from engraving the base plate through retouching after enameling, together with at least 15 firings in the kiln heated to a temperature of approximately 800 degrees Celsius.
Inserted dot hour markers are set on the outer ring of the dial. Hands are crafted from pink gold. The dial is protected with a cambered glareproofed sapphire crystal. The case back of the watch is encrusted with engraved coat of arms of Champery and the serial number of the instance. The case is constructed to provide water resistance of up to 50 meters (about 165 feet).
The beating heart of the Un été à Champéry watch is in-house manufactured Caliber V-20 mechanical movement. The self-winding mechanism is equipped with Exactomatic system. It has a twin barrel and provides 42 hours of power reserve. The Vulcain manufactured 31 jewels movement consists of 229 parts and has a beating rate of 18,000 vibrations per hour. Decoration includes rhodium coating, Côtes de Geneve motif and blued screws.
The mechanism provides functions of hours, minutes, seconds and alarm. For the alarm, it uses a special central hand. Duration of the alarm is about 20 seconds which is quite enough to wake you up.
This exquisite watch comes with an elegant, black Louisiana alligator leather strap, ending with a pink gold pin buckle. The retail price is €39,000 (approximately $52,900).