Vulcain 50s Presidents’ Chronograph

Building on a history offering a consistent blend of technical sophistication and precision, the Manufacture Vulcain is re-introducing a modern version of a single-pusher chronograph that became a legend. It was used by the coaches of the Real Madrid football club to time their training sessions, and they ascribed to it their victory in the Spanish Championship at that time. Named the 50s Presidents’ Chronograph, this technical watch is also available in a Heritage version.

Following on from the 50s Presidents’ Watch unveiled in 2010, Vulcain is introducing an exclusive new range of self-winding single-pusher chronographs. Available in two versions, this timepiece highlights one of the major horological complications, combining a sporting and technical nature: the chronograph. Better still, this new Vulcain single-pusher chronograph is inspired by a model that became a favourite with the coaches of the Real Madrid football club when it won the National Championship in 1934.

Those in charge attributed a share of credit for this win to the Vulcain chronograph they had used to time their training sessions. Thus pervaded by the spirit of sport and of history, the new range enjoys strong roots further consolidated by the use of a complication presented in what is now a rare and distinguished version: the single-pusher type.

The first version, the 50s Presidents’ Chronograph, is entirely in tune with the aesthetic codes governing the new range; while the second, the 50s Presidents’ Watch Heritage Chronograph is directly inspired by the dial of the 1934 model. Its calibre is chronometer-certified by the COSC.

Celebrating the classic 1950s design codes, the 50s Presidents’ Chronograph features a blue, silver or charcoal grey dial curved at either end, as was typical in that era. The 12 o’clock numeral is surrounded by diamond polished hour-markers. The dial displays two counters – a small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock and a 30-minute chronograph totalizer at 3 o’clock – in a “bicompax” style that was much in vogue at the time. A slightly oversized window at 6 o’clock indicates the date.

Available in 18K rose gold or steel, the 42 mm case is water-resistant to 50 metres. It houses the mechanical selfwinding Vulcain V-57 movement driving the hours, minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock, date at 6 o’clock, central sweep seconds chronograph hand, and 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock. Graced with Vulcain’s characteristic haute horlogerie finishes, such as Côtes de Genève motifs, blued screws and a rhodiumed coating, it is endowed with a 42-hour power reserve.

The new 50s Presidents’ Chronograph is available on a Louisiana alligator leather strap with pin buckle in 18K rose gold or steel, or on a steel bracelet.

Technical details
Model 1: 50s Presidents’ Chronograph Steel 316L (Ref 570157.309L)
Case
Steel 316l – diameter 42.00 mm – length 50.00 mm –
Height 13.75 mm – sapphire case-back
Dial: silver sunray dial with rhodium indexes
Crystal: domed shape sapphire
Water-resistance: 50 meters/160 feets
Strap: louisiana alligator – dimensions: 22/18 mm
Buckle: steel pin buckle

Calibre
Vulcain v-57: 13¼-lignes mechanical automatic single-pusher type chronograph movement, 25
rubies, 105 components, lift angle 50°
Functions: Hour, minute, seconds counters at 9 o’clock, Date window at 6 o’clock, centre second chronograph, 30- Minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock
Frequency: 28’800 vibrations per hour
Power reserve: 42 hours
Decoration: côtes de genève motifs, blued screws
Movement coating: rhodium

Model 2: Model 1: 50s Presidents’ Chronograph 18K 5N pink gold (Ref 570557.313L)
Case
18k 5n pink gold – diameter 42.00 mm – length 50.00 mm – height 13.75 mm – sapphire case-back
Dial: charcoal grey sunray dial with 5n pink gold indexes
Crystal: domed shape sapphire
Water-resistance: 50 meters/160 feets
Strap: louisiana alligator – dimensions: 22/18 mm
Buckle: 18k 5n pink gold pin buckle

Calibre
Vulcain v-57: 13¼-lignes mechanical automatic single-pusher type chronograph movement, 25 rubies, 105 components, lift angle 50°
Functions: hour, minute, seconds counters at 9 o’clock, date window at 6 o’clock, centre second chronograph, 30- minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock
Frequency: 28’800 vibrations per hour
Power reserve: 42 hours
Decoration: côtes de genève motifs, blued screws
Movement coating: rhodium

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