Watches: Vulcain 50s Presidents' Pegasus Collection
By Thierry Ané on February 18, 2014
I am not sure how many more Horse models the watch aficionados can take? Hopefully the zodiac watchmakers won’t be so numerous to celebrate the Goat next year! Or will we have to wait until 2020 and the Year of the Rat to observe a pause in this new-found Swiss love for Chinese iconography?
In Vulcain’s defence, the brand has another Eastern-related occasion to celebrate: the opening of its first boutique in Beijing. The manufacture thus kills two horses with one stone by unveiling the 50s Presidents’ Pegasus collection.
The brand indeed chose Pegasus, one of the most famous imaginary creatures in the Greek mythology, to adorn the dials of the two new 50s Presidents’ models. Although I acknowledge the originality (most brands resorted to the traditional Chinese imagery or to generic horse motifs), I can’t help wondering whether an element from the Western culture is relevant for such an Eastern-oriented model?
Vulcain’s enamellers chose two moments in the life of this fanciful flying horse to express their creativity in Grand Feu enamel with a cloisonné technique. With Pegasus on the Mountain, the brand refers to Mount Helicon where the hooves of this winged divine stallion created Hippocrene. The water of this fountain was supposed to bring forth poetic inspiration when imbibed. Named Pegasus in the Sky, the second model alludes to Pegasus’s rise into the sky where he was transformed into the constellation Pegasus by Zeus as a reward for his faithful service.
Both models are presented in the 42 mm 50s Presidents’ case in rose gold teamed with a black Louisiana alligator strap and a classic pin buckle. Inside each model beats Vulcain’s legendary in-house V-20 calibre. This unidirectional self-winding calibre offers the alarm function so associated with this brand. It was the first alarm to ring as loudly in a wristwatch as a large clock alarm. Its strident chirping, reminiscent of a cricket, is at the origin of the calibre’s name. There will be 18 pieces of each version and we will perhaps come back on these watches with our Baselworld photo report.