This timepiece from the Ulysse Nardin Marine Collection features a genuine hand-crafted oven-cured enamel dial, with an applied gold double-headed Eagle which is emblematic of St. Petersburg. The Maxi Marine Chronometer is available in a limited edition of 30 pieces in platinum. The exhibition case back reveals a spectacular movement equipped with a 22 ct gold rotor. The officially certified self-winding movement (C.O.S.C) features the legendary oversized small seconds register and a large date display at 6 o’clock.
Each elegant 43 mm case is individually numbered and equipped with a screw-crown and sapphire crystals. Water-resistant to 200 meters. The Imperial St. Petersburg is presented in an elaborate multi-layer white translucent enamel Egg of the Tsars decorated with 4.25 carats of diamonds. The diamonds have been applied in order to recreate legendary symbols of St. Petersburg.
The Admiralty Spire, the Rostral Columns, the Arch of the General Staff Building and the famous drawbridges that open at night to allow for passage of large vessels can all be seen picked-out in diamonds. Ulysse Nardin’s anchor serves to link the egg to the white marble base. Both the Imperial St. Petersburg and its accompanying Egg of the Tsars are destined to become highly sought-after by collectors.
Caliber UN-26, 28 jewels, 22 ct gold rotor
Power-reserve Approx. 42 h
Small seconds and round date window at 6 o’clock
Case, dial and strap
Dimensions 43 mm
Water-resistance 100 m
Dial: Genuine white enamel dial
Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Case-back: Open case back with sapphire crystal
Crown: Screw down security crown
Bracelet: Alligator leather strap with platinum folding buckle
Limited edition: 30 pieces in platinum.
About Andrei Ananov
Russia’s most renowned and internationally famous contemporary jeweller, Andrei Ananov of St. Petersburg, has crafted the enamelled eggs which encompass the timepieces St. Basil in the Red Square, and the Imperial St. Petersburg. With the advent of Perestroika, Ananov was the first Russian who received permission to resume the production of jewellery crafted of gold and silver.
Ananov’s international exhibitions in London, Paris, Madrid, Monaco, and Stockholm have been attended by luminaries including Queen Elisabeth, the Queen of Spain, Madame Chirac and Prince Albert of Monaco. Ananov has been rewarded with some of the most prestigious awards in jewelry-making including among others:-
- The Silver Lion in Paris in 1991
- The European Gold Medal in Genoa in 1992
- Award of the Order of Karl Faberge as the best jeweller of the century on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the International Exhibition in 2000 in Paris
The New York Times has described his work as being far and away the best in his field, and in the noble tradition of the great Peter Faberge.