Swiss luxury watch maker Ulysse Nardin pays tribute to Santa Maria, Christopher Columbus’ boldest sail merchant ship, by introducing a limited edition timepiece from its Cloisonné collection. This flagship vessel was used for the explorer’s first expedition in 1492.
The Classico Limited Edition Santa Maria from Ulysse Nardin recounts this noble vessel and its story of adventure. Using the ancient and precious cloisonné technique, paired with the fine art of enameling, the stately Santa Maria is paid valiant tribute to in this masterful timepiece. Every detail has been carefully crafted by Ulysse Nardin artisans in vivid color and to exacting specifications. A backdrop of deep blue frames this glorious depiction of the ship with its proud masts and sail, a flag at its top waving freely in the wind, a splash of water coming up from the greenish blue sea to meet the deep grain of the wooden “nao”, or cargo ship.
The Classico Limited Edition Santa Maria is painstakingly created, requiring more than 50 working hours and 26 baking processes to complete each handmade cloisonné dial. Each dial is individually crafted by skilled enameller specialists using the refined decorative technique of cloisonné that produces an unmistakable and undeniably unique work of art. The process is a complicated mix of skill and steady hand, and is one of the most intricate artistic disciplines. Ulysse Nardin revived this lost decorative technique, which counts less than a handful of artists that are masters of the intricate skill.
The Classico Limited Edition Santa Maria is powered by the UN caliber 815self winding movement that has been COSC Chronometer certified and has a power reserve of 42 hours. The Classico Limited Edition Santa Maria is available in a limited edition of 30 pieces, each in 18-karat rose gold and white gold.
Model: Classico Limited Edition Santa Maria
Ref. 8150-111-2/SM 18ct white gold
Ref. 8156-111-2/SM 18ct rose gold
UN-815, COSC certified
Power reserve: Approximately 42 hours
Winding: Self-winding movement Functions H/M/s
Case, dial, strap
Diameter: 40 mm
Dial: Enamel cloisonné, «Santa Maria» motif
Water-resistance: 50 m
Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Case –back: Open case back with sapphire crystal fixed with screws