Swiss luxury watch brand Ulysse Nardin presents its new Hourstriker CLASSIC SAMOURAÏ, a strong symbolic tribute to Japanese culture. On the dial of the CLASSIC SAMOURAÏ, Ulysse Nardin has incorporated Japanese prints to recreate a famous sword duel between two legendary samurai, Miyamoto Mu-sashi and Sasaki Kojiro.
Equipped with a rare and sophisticated mechanical automatic movement, the Hourstriker CLASSIC SAMOURAÏ rings on the hour on request but can also be programmed to ring on the hour and half-hour. Each time the hammer hits the gong, the Jaquemarts samurai simultaneously perform the spectacular duel between Musashi and Kojiro.
On the left-hand side of the dial, recognizable by his two swords–one short and the other long–is Miyamoto Musashi, the most famous Japanese warrior of the 17th century, who fought more than sixty times in his life. The author of Gorin No Sho, a text on strategy featuring reflections on combat and the art of swordsmanship, he and his life were made popular through a famous novel and numerous films.
On the right is Sasaki Kojiro, his long-standing rival, considered the best opponent that Musashi had ever faced and who died during the duel of 1612, portrayed here, on the island of Ganryu. Legend says that Musashi, a great strategist, arrived late and by sea in order to throw off his adversary and thus make sure he had the sun at his back and not in his face.
Each release from this 18-piece collection in 18 carat rose gold or platinum is embellished with hand-sculpted Jaquemarts in rose gold or gray gold.
References and edition
6102-130/SAMOURAI & 6109-130/SAMOURAI
Limited edition: 18 pieces
Caliber UN-610 Hourstriker
Power reserve: About 40 hours
Hourstriker, rings on the hour on request
Rings on the hour and half-hour
18ct rose gold or platinum
Diameter: 43 mm
Water-resistance: 30 m
Glass: Sapphire glass with anti-reflective coating
Case back: Screws, sapphire glass
Anthracite gray with hand-carved figures
Leather with folding buckle