Ulysse Nardin is celebrating over a century of dedication to nautical precision and values shared with the United States Navy by launching a special edition of its Executive Tourbillon: the “Stars and Stripes”. Created in homage to the American flag with its 13 white and red stripes and 50 white stars on a deep blue background, each piece in this limited line of 50 pieces, – one for each state in the Union – is as unique as its wearer. The Ulysse Nardin Executive Tourbillon “Stars and Stripes” was launched on the 4th of July in celebration of America’s Independence Day.
In choosing its nautical supplier in 1902, the US Navy looked no further than Ulysse Nardin for its superb accuracy and traditional craftsmanship. Winner several times over of the Washington Naval Observatory’s competition to equip its torpedo boats, Ulysse Nardin’s instruments have been an essential part of US naval ships for more than a hundred years.
The arachnid-like skeleton movement reveals the delicate ballet of perfectly-meshed parts, each working in symbiosis with the others. Open-worked movements, the apex of high watch-making, are attempted only by expert horologers.
A movement of this caliber has been stripped of all unnecessary elements, each piece angled and polished to perfection. Roman numerals add a touch of elegance and the titanium case ensures durability. The UN-171 manufactured model, with a tremendous and unequalled 170-hour power reserve (nearly seven days), is also an object of beauty topped with a blue ceramic bezel, blue crown and blue carbon effect leather strap.
Painted using a micro-painting technique that at requires a paintbrush the width of a single eyelash, stars adorn the top and stripes decorate the cover of the cylinder. At its center is the distinguishing executive rectangle and each oeuvre is one of a kind.
Limited edition: 50 pieces
Caliber UN-171 Manufacture
Power reserve: 170 hours
Winding: Manual-winding movement
Case, dial and strap
Titanium with blue ceramic bezel and blue crown
Diameter: 45 mm
Water-resistance: 30 m
Skeleton dial with iconic executive roman indexes and rectangle center
Miniature painting with stars & stripes pattern
Glass: Antireflective sapphire
Strap: Blue carbon effect leather strap with folding buckle