The Swiss watchmaker reinterpreted its Anniversary Heart for this year’s Only Watch charity auction that will take place in Monaco, on September 22. This luxury, one-of-a-kind watch is the first ever hand-made skeleton model that incorporates the iconic Cricket alarm Caliber V-19.
The unique Vulcain Anniversary Heart Only Watch 2011 is a true masterpiece, with a spectacular mechanism, decorated manually by the brand’s best craftsmen. This hand-winding Vulcain’s proprietary mechanism with an alarm (duration of 20 seconds) features a high grade finish, 18 jewels and 157 parts, has a power-reserve of 42 hours and oscillates with 18,000 vibrations per hour.
It incorporates a double barrel, equipped with the brand’s patented Exactomatic system which provides higher precision and stability by equalizing the friction on the balance-wheel axis in all positions and ensuring more steady amplitude. The Cricket caliber is famous as the world’s first wristwatch alarm mechanism, created in 1947.
Elegance and Luxury
A 42 mm case is crafted in 18K 5N rose gold. A mid-size diameter with the thickness of 12.7mm seams like the perfect size for an average man’s wrist. A beautiful polished bezel emphasizes a deep, skeleton dial with a silver-toned rim. Blue, hand-applied hour indices and Arabic numerals, as well as blue, skeletonized hour and minute hands give it an outstanding visual effect, making this watch a true piece of art. This watch also has a blue second hand and forth, alarm hand with a skeletonized arrow on top.
A transparent, sapphire crystal case-back reveals a stylized “v” for Vulcain and opens a clear view on the wonderful mechanism. A domed-shaped sapphire crystal also covers the front side of Vulcain Anniversary Heart Only Watch 2011 watch, protecting it from scratches. This unique timepiece is available with a hand-sewn black Louisiana alligator strap, with an 18K gold pin buckle. It is water-resistant up to 50 meters (160 feet).
Before the Only Watch auction that aims to collect money for helping the fight against Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the Vulcain Anniversary Heart will be presented to watch lovers in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York, Milano, and Geneva.