Early this year, Ulysse Nardin introduced a futurist ovoid table clock called UFO. Released in April 2021, this horological art object is already sold-out in its metallic blue version of which the house produced only 75 pieces. The brand has recently unveiled a “unique piece” version of UFO with an orange hue to support the bi-annual charity auction, ONLY WATCH.
The spherical aluminium base of the clock on which the blown glass dome is secured by a bayonet system, is made orange by a special anodizing surface treatment.
The three connecting cylinders and the three lower ties of the movement have also been colored orange. The power reserve disk, the decorative insert with the Ulysse Nardin emblem – the anchor – also colored orange. The three dials also painted, but with a mat appearance unlike the other metallic orange elements.
To create this horological masterpiece, Ulysse Nardin has collaborated with the celebrated clockmaker Maison L’Epée. Comprising 675 components, and with one year of power reserve supplied by its six extra-large barrels, and a balance wheel rim that reaches the spectacular diameter of 49 mm, UFO displays the time on three trapezoidal dials, which are so complex it takes 28 hours to manufacture just eight of them.
Having three dials allows the owner to display three different time zones at once, seen from three different angles.
UFO comes in an antique looking wood treasure chest, which also carries operating instructions, warranty card and a special place for it’s the winding key. Each dial has its wind-up notch, which is also used to set the time (four notches in total, one for winding up and one for each time zone wound up using a single key). It takes 40 wind-up turns with a square-end stainless steel key to wind up the mechanism for one year.
Exclusively produced for Only Watch 2021, this unique piece will be auctioned in November 2021.
Model: Ulysse Nardin UFO Unique Piece for Only Watch 2021
Manually wound movement
3 time zones / Hours, minutes
Extra large oscillator (49mm)
0.5 Hz /3’600 Alt/H
Power reserve: 1 year, 6 barrels
Aluminum & blown glass
Dimensions: 263 (H) x 159 (Ø) mm
Weight: 7. 2 kg
Spherical anodized aluminum base
Power reserve disks
Ulysse Nardin Logo insert
Only Watch – a unique timepiece
60’000 – 80’000 CHF