VULCAIN – Aviator GMT Pilot & Aviator GMT Pilot DLC

Boosting its famous Cricket alarm movement with a 24-hour worldtime display; Swiss watch manufacture Vulcain launches the Aviator GMT Pilot model –an exceptional wrist-worn mechanical instrument dedicated to flyers.

The story begins in the 1950s, when two flagships of Swiss industry crossed paths as the Swissair Airline Company decided to equip all its pilots with a Cricket watch by Vulcain. The already legendary alarm calibre circled the globe in all directions as the loyal companions of aircraft captains, reminding them with its inimitable audible signal that it was time to perform certain gestures at critical moments, as well as showing them the local time in their destinations anywhere in the world thanks to the worldtimer function.

Since then, Vulcain has dedicated a full-fledged Aviator collection to cater need of the pilots. This line featuring a blend of style and performance now welcomes a new model capable of appearing in both vintage and contemporary versions. Its name is the Aviator GMT Pilot, and because high standards and performance go hand in hand for these professionals, the Vulcain Cricket V-10 was a natural choice as the movement powering this wristworn flight instrument.

This movement exclusive to the brand combines the famous alarm that has punctuated Vulcain’s finest hours since 1947 with a worldtimer function. The latter enables the user to read off on the rotating inner bezel ring the specific time in the cities representing all 24 time zones. This manually-wound twin-barrel movement, equipped with the Exactomatic system ensuring regular amplitude and thus optimal precision, is endowed with a 42-hour power reserve.

The satin-brushed 42 mm-diameter steel case features a cambered glare-proofed sapphire crystal and is water-resistant to 100 metres. It is fitted with a triple case-back acting as a resonance chamber and diffusing the sound of the alarm for a full 20 seconds. A pusher at 2 o’clock triggers the alarm, while a screw-lock crown at 4 o’clock serves to adjust the 24-hour worldtimer function.

In its vintage interpretation, the Aviator GMT Pilot comes with a matt black dial bearing generous gold-toned Superluminova-coated numerals, while a distressed brown calfskin strap accentuates the overall retro-chic effect. And when it goes for a trendier look, the Aviator GMT Pilot adopts black luminescent numerals set against an extremely contemporary vertical-brushed ruthenium grey dial, echoed by an elegant black Louisiana alligator leather strap complete with steel folding clasp.

Model: AVIATOR GMT PILOT
Ref 100108.333L

Case
Case: satin-brushed 316L steel
Case-back: triple case-back acting as a resonance chamber
Dial: matt black with gold-toned Superluminova numerals
Diameter: 42.00 mm
Hauteur: 13.40 mm
Glass: domed shape sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 100 metres

Movement
Manufacture Vulcain Calibre V-10
12-ligne mechanical manually-wound movement,
25 jewels, 157 parts, twin barrel, equipped with Exactomatic system, 48° angle of lift
Decoration: nickel coating, blued screws
Functions: hours, minutes, centre seconds, alarm, 24-hour world-timer function adjustable via a screw-lock crown at 4 o’clock
Frequency: 18,000 vibrations/hour
Power reserve: 42 hours
Alarm duration: approximately 20 seconds

Strap
Strap: dark brown vintage-style calfskin leather
Dimensions: 22/18 mm
Buckle: steel pin buckle or steel folding clasp

AVIATOR GMT PILOT DLC
The eminently virile and contemporary AVIATOR GMT PILOT model sets the stage for its indications with an anthracite black DLC-coated case in satin-brushed   steel that appears to form an inseparable whole with the matt dial and the Louisiana alligator leather strap. Aviator GMT Pilot DLC Limited Edition is available in a 250-piece limited series.

This highly durable, charcoal grey layer with a low friction coefficient consists of an atomic lattice composed of the two forms of carbon: diamond (sp³) and graphite (sp²). Diamondblack™ DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) is applied using a coating process which faithfully mirrors the original surface finishes.

Diamondblack™ DLC consists solely of molecules of carbon and hydrogen arranged in a structure similar to that of diamond, producing a layer with excellent chemical stability and high corrosion resistance. Its proven biocompatibility enables prolonged contact with the skin without causing irritation.

It has a very high level of hardness, around 5,000 Vickers (HV0.025), compared to stainless steel, approximately 200 HV. This high-tech coating is used in the aerospace industry and in any application in which wear-resistance and a low friction coefficient are essential.

Model: AVIATOR GMT PILOT DLC
250-piece limited edition
100108.332DLCL

Case
Case: DLC-coated satin-brushed 316L steel
Case-back: triple case-back acting as a resonance chamber
Dial: matt black with white Superluminova numerals
Diameter: 42.00 mm
Thickness: 13.40 mm
Glass: domed shape sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 100 metres

Movement
Manufacture Vulcain Calibre V-10
12-ligne mechanical manually-wound movement, 25 jewels, 157 parts, twin barrel, equipped with Exactomatic system, 48° angle of lift
Decoration: nickel coating, blued screws
Functions: hours, minutes, centre seconds, alarm, 24-hour world-timer function adjustable via a screw-lock crown at 4 o’clock
Frequency: 18,000 vibrations/hour
Power reserve: 42 hours
Alarm duration: approximately 20 seconds

Strap
Strap: black Louisiana alligator leather
Dimensions: 22/18 mm
Buckle: DLC-coated steel pin buckle

Edition
250-piece limited edition

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