Saluting the wondrous world of maritime history, Ulysse Nardin honors the Kruzenshtern in its new Classico Collection limited-edition enamel cloisonné timepiece.
Built in Germany in 1926 and originally known as the Padua, the barque, tall ship with its four masts was given to the USSR in 1946 as war reparation, and was integrated into the Soviet Baltic Fleet. Consequently, she was renamed Kruzenshtern after the 19thcentury Baltic German explorer in Russian service, Adam Johann Krusenstern. Her missions, journeys and services are vast, and today, she operates primarily as a training ship.
To accurately portray her real-time appearance, Ulysse Nardin employed the intensely intricate enamel cloisonné technique – a discipline deeply valued by the manufacturer and its collectors. In this method, opaque or translucent colors are derived by mixing proportions of elements to achieve specific combinations, often kept a secret. Each section is divided by fine gold wire; more than 500mm of it is needed to make the cloisons. Every cloisonné dial requires 50 hours of artisan expertise and 26 processes to complete.
Captured on its 40mm-diameter dial is a scene straight from the sea. With blue sky above and crashing waves beneath, the Kruzenshtern slices through the water with fortitude. Snow white sails blow in the breeze, holding onto their masts. Regal in depiction, the artistry is exemplary.
Handcrafted from 18-karat rose and white gold and powered by the UN-815 caliber, a self-winding movement, the timepiece offers a Chronometer Certificate, a 42-hour power reserve and is water resistant to 50 meters.
Model: Classico Kruzenshtern
Limited Edition to 30 pieces
Ref. 8150-111-2/KRUZ: 18ct white gold
Ref. 8156-111-2/KRUZ: 18ct rose gold
UN-815, COSC certified
Power reserve: Approximately 42 hours
Winding: Self-winding movement
Case, dial and strap
Diameter: 40 mm
Dial: Enamel cloisonné, «Kruzenshtern » motif
Water-resistance: 50 m
Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Case back: Open case back with sapphire crystal fixed with screws