ULYSSE NARDIN Safari Jaquemarts Minute Repeater

The Safari Jaquemarts Minute Repeater watch from ULYSSE NARDIN  is fitted with 2 cloisonné dials which give this collector’s timepiece its 3 dimensional appearance. The dials are mounted on top of each other with space in between to reveal a little fish being caught in a crocodile’s jaws. Activation of the minute repeater lever causes the lion’s paw to stretch forward and reach for the monkey. The monkey swings back and forth from his branch. The intricate cloisonné work is a work of extraordinary beauty and quality.

Over the past 20 years Ulysse Nardin has revived the elaborate art form of enameled cloisonné dials. Cloisonné is reunited with Ulysse Nardin’s high complications in the brilliant Safari Minute Repeater. In this watch, the technique is used to create both the double-level dial and the automatons that come to life when the repeater’s strike train is activated, culminating in a visual and auditory feast that is unparalleled in the world of high watchmaking. Only a few artists master the many intricate processes that are necessary to make cloisonné dials in oven cured enamel.

The production of an enamel dial requires in excess of 50 processes including 12 baking operations and over 50 working hours. Not two dials are identical and make these extraordinary, hand-crafted master timepieces a timeless objet d’art. This fine collector’s watch will be produced in a limited edition of 50 pieces in 18 ct rose gold and 50 pieces in platinum.

Jaquemarts Minute Repeaters
Ulysse Nardin was one of the earliest manufactures to fuel the rebirth of the minute repeater. The minute repeater was made even more unique by including animated figures called ‘Jaquemarts’ on the dial. Ulysse Nardin remains the only manufacture in the world to use Jaquemarts on the dial of its minute repeaters. Minute repeaters are universally considered to be amongst the most difficult watches to create. While the strike train which is comprised of a separate strike barrel, regulator, racks, snail cams, strikes, hammers and gongs is complex, it is not this complexity that presents the greatest challenge when creating a superb repeater. The true challenge lies in sound quality. A repeater’s song results from the vibration of the gong when struck by the hammer which is then amplified by the watch case.

Despite significant advances in spark-erosion and CNC technology, minute repeaters cannot be industrialized. A repeater is every bit as much a musical instrument as it is a timekeeper. While modern technology allows extensive scientific analysis of repeaters by measuring their decibel level, the song of a repeater — the magic that makes one repeater sound so sublime — is by nature qualitative rather than quantitative and remains highly dependent upon the human ear. Each minute repeater is individually tuned by a master watchmaker. The process can be an arduous one: tone is often adjusted by removing a small amount of metal from the gongs, but each time this is done the movement must be re-cased. The sound can only be properly tested when the watch is completely reassembled. Each completed and perfectly-tuned minute repeater that leaves Ulysse Nardin is ultimately a reflection of the truly massive investment in human endeavor.

Technical details
Safari Jaquemarts Minute Repeater, Ref. Nr. 726-61

  • Diameter: 42 mm
  • Case: 18 ct rose gold
  • Dial: Cloisonné enamel
  • Power-reserve: Approx. 48 hours
  • Winding: Manual wind
  • Water-resistant: 30 meters
  • Crystal: Sapphire crystals
  • Strap: Alligator leather strap
  • Buckle type: Folding clasp

Safari Jaquemarts Minute Repeater, Ref. Nr. 729-61

  • Diameter: 42 mm
  • Case: Platinum
  • Dial: Cloisonné enamel
  • Power-reserve: Approx. 48 hours
  • Winding: Manual wind
  • Water-resistant: 30 meters
  • Crystal: Sapphire crystals
  • Strap: Alligator leather strap
  • Buckle type: Folding clasp

 

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