One of the timeless models of the Ulysse Nardin collection, the Classico Jade, returns this year with a smaller diameter of 34 mm and a limited edition that puts love center stage.
With its new limited edition of 99 pieces, the Classico Jade whispers a cloaked “I love you.” The 8, 7, and 6 hour-markers have been replaced by the numerals 5, 2, and 0. In China, a country with a strong attachment to numerical superstition, “520” means “I love you.” The reason for this is its pronunciation, very close to that of “Wo ai ni,” or “I love you.” For that matter, the date of May 20th—5/20 in China—has recently become a sort of second Saint Valentine’s Day.
The Classico Jade is a way to express a subtle message of love, with the “520” delicately revealed by a wave on the dial and enhanced by a diamond-set border. The embodiment of timeless femininity, the Classico Jade “520” is a love letter to be worn on the wrist.
In 2013, Ulysse Nardin launched Jade as a tribute to a revered gemstone that the royal court in China considered “crystallized magic”—the link between heaven and earth.
Today, the Classico Jade makes its return, with a slightly smaller size— 34 mm in place of 37 mm—that loses none of its elegance. The hour, minute, and second hands are powered by the self-winding UN-815 movement. These editions fuse techniques with precious materials, time-honored craftsmanship and captivating allure.
Nine diamonds in a delicate leaf-like wave motif adorn the lower left quadrant of the round mother-of-pearl dials. 60 more sparkle on the stunning bezel in stainless steel, for a total of 69 diamonds for the gem-set versions (71 for the rose gold version).
The very feminine color options—blue leather strap and oversized blue Arabic indexes, burgundy red leather strap with burgundy numerals, dark gray leather strap with gray numerals for the rose gold version—perfectly match the mother-of-pearl’s sumptuous tones and the diamonds’ incandescent fire. The burgundy edition is also available with a more discreet bezel in unadorned stainless steel.
Diamond-set steel: 8153-230B/60-03
Diamond-set rose gold: 8152-230B/60-01
Limited Edition: 8153-230BLE/60-06
Power reserve: Around 42 hours
H/M/S, self-winding movement
Steel, diamond-set steel, diamond-set 5N rose gold
Diameter: 34 mm
Water-resistance: 30 m
Caseback: Engraved with the UN anchor
White mother-of-pearl, diamond-set
Strap Alligator leather (dark blue, burgundy, dark gray)
Steel: 5,900 EUR
Diamond-set steel: 7,900 EUR
Diamond-set 5N rose gold: 17,900 EUR
Limited edition: 7,900 EUR