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Greek God Poseidon

In 2016, Le Locle based Swiss watch brand Vulcain is offering a number of redesigned manufacture models including the 50s Presidents’ cloisonné grand feu Poseidon – inspired by the Greek God Poseidon in a limited edition of 18 pieces. The watch remains faithful to its history and forms part of the brands métier d’Art collection that celebrates the age-old specialist art of enamel painting.

This difficult technique, which requires patience and attention to detail, brings exceptional precision to the design, as well as unique and long-lasting color rendering. Following on from Le Vulcain in 2015, the brand is once again taking its inspiration from a Greek God: Poseidon. God of the seas and oceans, he is instantly recognizable by the trident he holds in one hand.

This new model represents both strength and elegance, two fundamental values which have always motivated the brand’s designers when creating each timepiece. This limited editing watch case measuring 42mm is made from 5N 18K pink gold with the case back sapphire revealing the stylized V for Vulcain Dial. The watch is water resistant to 5 ATM and features a Vulcain Cricket Manufacture Caliber V-20 Movement made of 234 components.

Acknowledged for its iconic models and its unique mechanical movements, the manufacture Vulcain holds a place of its own within the world of Fine Watchmaking. Founded in 1858, the workshop of the Ditisheim brothers – which was to give rise to the Vulcain brand – immediately earned itself an enviable reputation through its complicated watches, which received awards at several World Fairs.

Almost a century later, Vulcain launched the first ever mechanical alarm movement, which soon achieved worldwide fame. The legendary Cricket caliber took flight before finding its place in the history books as The Presidents’ Watch. American heads of state Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Trumann, Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson all wore a Vulcain on their wrist, a fact that earned the brand its prestigious reputation. But the technical qualities of Vulcain watches also appealed to explorers and adventurers. From the 1950s onwards, the brand in Le Locle was to partner with many famous mountaineering and maritime expeditions.