Since its 1858 inception, Vulcain, a family-owned enterprise, has been synonymous with intricate complications. Founded by the Ditisheim brothers, skilled horologists, the brand quickly garnered acclaim in the Neuchâtel mountains – the heart of Swiss watchmaking precision – with its award-winning minute repeaters, grande and petite sonneries, and perpetual calendars.
Vulcan (or Hephaestus in Greek mythology) is a god of Roman mythology. He is the deity of fire, volcanoes and blacksmiths. There's no question of calming the fire that drives the new departure of this age-old brand. On the contrary, tomorrow is being forged on the burning embers of a rich past.
The year 1947 marked a pivotal moment for Vulcain with the launch of the world's first alarm wristwatch featuring a striking mechanism: the Cricket. The sound would become a Vulcain signature. It was not just audible – it was powerful enough to reliably wake its wearer (to the sound of a very vigorous and determined cricket). A world first, the Vulcain Cricket soon became very fashionable, earning the moniker "The Presidents' Watch" as President Harry S. Truman and his successors— Eisenhower, Nixon, and Johnson—also found it quite useful.
Sport casual or tailored suit, tweed or twill, on the boardwalk or in the boardroom, but always a Cricket on the wrist. Nestled under the cuff of a soft cashmere sleeve or a silk blouse, peeking out from a trench coat or playing off an elegant scarf – because the new Cricket models are gender agnostic. The variety of dials make them the perfect accessory for those with a penchant for classic style – ideal for a retro yet contemporary 70s look, these refreshing new Vulcain Cricket versions add a studied casualness to any outfit. Vulcain doesn’t miss the trend train, and this season, green is the color of honor: the pistachio Cricket celebrates the dance of green watches, perfectly in line with the trends set in 2021.
Acknowledged for its iconic models and its unique mechanical movements, the Manufacture Vulcain holds a distinctive place in the world of fine watchmaking thanks to its iconic models and unique mechanical movements. The company, which has been active since 1858 in the production of exceptional timepieces, is now established in a mansion in Le Locle, cradle of Swiss watchmaking.
With more than 150 years of history and innovation, Vulcain perpetuates its historical heritage and unique know-how. The manufacture has a prominent role within the international watchmaking landscape thanks to its high-quality mechanical timepieces manufactured in-house. The Vulcain manufacture has always been located at the heart of the Neuchatel mountains, in the cradle of Swiss watchmaking. The brand is now housed in a private mansion in Le Locle and perpetuates the tradition of fine watchmaking that has always shaped its identity.