To commemorate the 60th anniversary of its iconic moon-phase and complete calendar watch, Swiss luxury watch brand Vulcain unveils a contemporary interpretation of the Fifties spirit with its new 50s Presidents’ Moonphase watch. Elegance, understatement and classicism are nurtured by the original style to compose a model epitomising horological fine craftsmanship.
The history of the Manufacture Vulcain is filled with remarkable creations, of which the 1953 complete calendar and moonphase model is a particularly striking example. Loyal to the historical model, the night star displays its cycles at 6 o’clock on the new 50s Presidents’ Moonphase, encircled by the date. The highly legible minute track is even purer than in the past, while the dauphine-type hands maintain their original shape, thus accentuating the vintage spirit of this model.
The day and month apertures stand out in the upper part of the sunburst dial, available in several shades – silver-toned, charcoal grey or blue – and setting a perfect stage for the rhodiumed or pink numerals and hour-markers. Framing this distinctive face is a 42 mm-diameter steel or rose gold case that is water-resistant to 50 metres. Its slender bezel is topped by a cambered, glare-proofed sapphire crystal conferring an elegant sense of depth.
The 50s Presidents’ Moonphase is equipped with the bidirectional Vulcain Calibre V-58, equipped with hour, minute, seconds, moonphase and complete calendar functions. This precise and efficient mechanical movement oscillates at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour) and has a 42-hour power reserve. Its finely crafted Haute Horlogerie finishes, including a Côtes de Genève motif, blued screws and a rhodiumed treatment, may be admired through the sapphire crystal case-back.
Available in black or chestnut brown versions, the Louisiana alligator leather strap fitted with an 18K rose gold or steel pin buckle sets the finishing touch and ensures a blend of refinement and wearer comfort.
A glowing tribute to the glorious Fifties that forged the legend of the Manufacture Vulcain, the 50s Presidents’ Moonphase revisits its past while heralding its future, offering vivid proof that time has no hold on timeless classics.
Model: Presidents’ Moonphase
580558.330L – 18ct Rose gold model
580158.328L – 316 steel model
Case: 5N 18K rose gold or 316 steel
Case-back: sapphire crystal
Dial: sunburst silver-toned with pink hour-markers, sunburst charcoal grey with rhodiumed hour-markers
Diameter: 42.00 mm
Thickness: 11.00 mm
Glass: domed shape sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 50 metres
Vulcain Self-Winding Calibre V-58
11½ -ligne mechanical bidirectional selfwinding
Moon phase display, 25 jewels, 93 parts, 47° angle of lift
Enriched with complete calendar model comprising 54 parts
Decoration: rhodiumed treatment, Côtes de Genève, blued screws
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour
Power reserve: 42 hours
Hours, minutes, centre seconds
Large moonphase and date display at 6 o’clock
Day and month windows at 12 o’clock
Correctors at 2, 4, 8 and 10 o’clock
Strap: black or chestnut brown Louisiana alligator leather
Dimensions: 22/18 mm
Buckle: 5N 18K rose gold or steel pin buckle