Ulysse Nardin presents a special edition timepiece as a tribute to HMS Achille, the fourth Royal Navy ship to bear the name of the Greek hero Achilles. As a frigate, the Achille housed 74 guns. Commanded by Captain Richard King, the Achille saw action at the Battle of Trafalgar, stationed seventh in the Lee Column under Admiral Collingwood while Admiral Nelson was in command of the Weather Column.
The enamel cloisonné dial depicting the HMS Achille in front of Fort Rochefort represents one of the most elaborate cloisonné dials ever produced . Each individual cloisonné dial requires over a meter of fine gold wire, 30 baking processes and well over 80 working hours to create. The thickness of the gold wire had to be narrowed to 0.06 mm thickness to illustrate the many facets of the sailing ship.
The exhibition case back reveals the COSC certified self-winding movement. With a case diameter of 40 mm, the individual number of each timepiece is engraved on an applied gold plate. Water-resistant to 50 meters. Limited edition of 30 pieces each in platinum and 18 ct rose gold.
- Caliber UN-13, Mechanical self-winding movement, bi-directional winding
- Functions: Hours, minutes and seconds, chronometer C.O.S.C.
- Diameter of case :40 mm
- Height of movement: 3.60 mm
- Number of rubies: 21 jewels
- Oscillations: 28’800/h (4Hz)
- Power reserve: approx 42 hours
- Water-resistance: 50 m
- Crown: water-resistant
- Crystal: Anti-reflection sapphire crystal
- Case back: sapphire exhibition case back