Inspired by the iconic chronographs of the late 1960s, the VORCUT modernises the bi-compax chronograph.
The collection features a mix of dark, brooding sunburst dials, and stark matte dials; complimented by fine applied indices, and exquisite finishing, the VORCUT is crowned by the stunning box domed sapphire.
Remaining at a tasteful 38mm diameter, with a case depth of just 9.55mm (excluding the sapphire crystal), the VORCUT’s elegant proportions make it the ideal grab-and-go chronograph for any occasion.
With VORCUT we sought to create the perfect 38mm chronograph. To meet this challenge we turned our gaze to the 1960s. A time of change, restless experimentation, technological advances and of course — deeply beautiful watches.
The VORCUT collection’s key features are:
- Built in Switzerland by expert watch makers
- Exquisite layered dials, with applied blade indices and brushed triangular hour markers, complemented by colour accents
- Stunning domed box sapphire crystal
- Signature lumed VAPAUS syringe hands
- Drilled lugs for a vintage look and swift hassle-free strap changes
- Elegantly slim brushed 316L steel case, at just 9.55mm (excluding the sapphire crystal), complimented by a finely polished bezel
- Ultra-premium French calfskin racing straps
- VK64 mecha-quartz movement, renowned for its precision, smooth sweep, and wonderfully crisp chronograph pusher action
VORCUT features a stunning domed box sapphire crystal. Its sheer sides stand proud and perpendicular to the case, with a gentle curve across its surface. Box acrylic crystals were used in many classic vintage chronographs, such as the Heuer Carrera and Omega Speedmaster. VAPAUS’s mission is to gently modernize the ideas of the past. In this instance, we have upgraded the crystal from acrylic, to ultra-hard sapphire crystal. It is much more typical, particularly at this price point, to find cheaper and inferior materials like mineral crystal (such as hardened K1 glass or hesalite/acrylic) being used.
Built in Switzerland
Our relationship with our Swiss manufacturing partner, and uncompromising approach to quality, continues with the VORCUT. Each watch was expertly hand assembled in Switzerland using the finest components. Each watch is backed with a worldwide two-year warranty, and supplied with a hand-signed certificate of supplied with a hand-signed certificate of authenticity.
The 1960s, a decade of kaleidoscopic intellectual, scientific and cinematic masterpieces; proved a rich pool of inspiration. This influence can be found most clearly in the palette chosen for the VORCUT’s colourway options.
DUKE: with its elegant teal degrade dial, the Duke is a refined timepiece that adds a dash of tasteful colour to any watch aficionado’s collection. Its black sub-dials contrast sharply with its retro bright white sub-dial hands, offering fantastic legibility and a vintage feel.
PANDA: VAPAUS’s take on a perennial classic chronograph style. Its stark, light cream dial contrasts with its jet black sub-dials, which are complemented by a striking red chronograph seconds hand and applied hour markers. Perhaps the most versatile timepiece in the range, the VORCUT Panda is perfect for any occasion.
ATOMIC: dark, brooding, menacing; the Atomic is an eye-catching timepiece with an edge.
MIDNIGHT: with its deep blue sunburst dial, jet black sub-dials and polished gold hands, the Midnight is a chronograph that transitions effortlessly from day into night; as comfortable with a casual polo shirt as with a bespoke suit.
REVERSE PANDA: the dark side of the Panda. With its off-black charcoal dial, the Reverse Panda feels like a vintage timepiece that has enjoyed thousands of sunsets, and the wild nights that came before them. A stark, versatile piece which is bound to see lots of wrist time, should it be invited to join your collection.
SALMON: a future classic. Paired with an ultra-premium thick tan leather strap, the effortlessly cool Salmon stepped right off the Italian Riviera into the VORCUT collection.
The Seiko VK64 is a hybrid mecha-quartz chronograph movement. A modern marvel that a 1960s watchmaker would have gladly given his teeth for — or perhaps his loupe! Initially developed by the ever-innovative Seiko, the origins of these true hybrid movements date back to the mid-to-late 1980s, and two venerable Swiss manufacturers, Frédéric Piguet and Jaeger-LeCoultre, who added mechanical components to quartz chronographs.
We chose the VK64 to power VORCUT for the following reasons:
- Precision — VORCUT is a stylish, dress chronograph; yet the origins of the watch and indeed the clinical, precise naming of the watch, lies with competitive motorsports. It was therefore imperative that the movement is ruthlessly accurate.
- Slimness — the design of VORCUT echoes back to the 1960s. 1960s timepieces had significantly smaller faces to what we perceive to be the garish oversizing of modern watch faces. To achieve the pleasing proportions of the VORCUT, with the 38mm case diameter that we wanted, it was vital to work with a slim movement.
- Reliability — the VK64 is brutally reliable, it rarely needs servicing and can cope with the demands of modern sports.
- The VAPAUS brand — a key concept for VAPAUS as a company is gentle modernisation of the past. The VK64 is mechanically actuated and controlled; it features a smooth sweeping seconds hand. Its chronograph pushers are powered by a complex set of precision leavers, hammers and gears — it is history; enhanced for the modern age.
In short, we love the VK64 and are proud to feature it as the beating heart of the VORCUT.