Ulysse Nardin Blast Moonstruck

Introduced in February 2022 to commemorate the new lunar year, this timepiece is an ultra-design version of one of Ulysse Nardin’s historical astronomical complications: the Moonstruck.

Ulysse Nardin Blast Moonstruck watch

With an easily readable and understandable display, it is the successor of the astronomical instruments of the past. Thanks to its sophisticated mechanism, it assures the display of the time in a place chosen from among the 24 principal time zones that the world has been using since the Washington Convention of 1884. By means of pushers located on the left-hand side of the case, it is possible to put the main time display forward or back in leaps of one hour to adjust to another time zone.

Ulysse Nardin Blast Moonstruck

The Blast Moonstruck is also fitted with a moon phase complication of precision, which, combined with the complication that allows real-time following of the sun that gives it its brilliance, adds relief and life to the dial.

Designed to follow in the footsteps of the fabulous trilogy devised by Ludwig Oechslin from 1985, this watch puts aside the Copernican representation of our solar system in favor of a geocentric approach that is easier to read and understand. To accentuate this sensation of being at the heart of the universe based on observation of the watch, the designers chose to place the part of the northern hemisphere seen from the North Pole at the center of the instrument’s sapphire crystal.

Ulysse Nardin Blast Moonstruck watch

To increase the impact of the 3D effect, the domed crystal, with the land masses micro- engraved on the inside, is set in the protective sapphire crystal box encircled by an 18ct rose gold ring engraved with the 31 days of the month, which has for a pointer a small triangle loaded with luminescent material.

Ulysse Nardin Blast Moonstruck

Underneath this three-dimensional structure glide hands of the precision and contemporary design that the Blast collection is known for.

Their tapering form ensures instinctive reading, even in total darkness, thanks to the presence of a generous quantity of luminescent material down the middle. They indicate the local time, set to the time of the time zone in which the watch’s owner lives. But they can also be set at will to any one of 24 time zones for which the names of corresponding cities are reproduced on the fixed flange of the dial.

Ulysse Nardin Blast Moonstruck

This can be done, forwards or backwards, by means of a sophisticated mechanism very often used by Ulysse Nardin and activated by the two rectangular pushers located on the left side of the case.

This 45mm diameter astronomical watch in black ceramic and black DLC- treated titanium, worn on a alligator, velvet or rubber strap that is also black, surely meets the expectations of this ambitious project.

In addition to the time display observable against a background of the night-sky portrayed by a disk made of aventurine, times around the world can be read with the aid of the fixed flange bearing the names of cities and the rotating disk on which a sun in relief and the time indications appear at 12o’clock.

Ulysse Nardin Blast Moonstruck

The watch also has a Dual Time mechanism. This allows changing of the main display in leaps of full hours with the aid of the two pushers located on the left side of the case middle to show the time in a given country on the dial while keeping the initial time alongside the reference city. This highly efficient watch also possesses an aperture that, showing the phases of the moon in a realistic manner, associates its course with a three-dimensional representation of the sun located at 12 o’clock on the time display for the reference time zone.

The Moonstruck boasts a representation of the moon phases in a round aperture located at the apogee of an ellipse portraying its orbit, which is depicted as being in the same ecliptic plane as Earth for practical reasons. This aperture, carried by a disk, is associated with an elaborate gear train. It causes the moon phase indicator to make one complete rotation per day to follow the course of the sun, the source of the moon’s brightness, and also causes it to make a full circle of the dial in 29 days, 12 hours, 41minutes and 9.3 seconds, representing the duration of a lunar month, which has an Astronomical duration of 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 2.9 seconds.

To conserve its accuracy, the aperture showing the representation of the moon retreats every 24 hours on its circle of revolution by an angle corresponding, in degrees, to 1/29.53 of a lunar month to occupy a new position in relation to the sun. At the same time, the representation contained in this small mobile aperture also evolves to appear a little brighter or dimmer in line with the lunar calendar.

Ulysse Nardin Blast Moonstruck

When a portion of the moon is visible in it, the aperture conserves an identical position in relation to the sun, here reproduced in relief and made of bronzite, for 24 hours. This rare and precious mineral of the pyroxenes family presents a golden surface punctuated with dark patches intended to reproduce those observable with a telescope on the mantle of the star around which, in reality, the earth gravitates.

The moon phase display, described as being “of precision” because it will produce a divergence of one day only after 40 years of working, is associated with markings of the ages of the moon on the ellipse is intended to represent the revolution of our natural satellite around the earth.

Ulysse Nardin Blast Moonstruck

The Blast Moonstruck watch houses the Cal. UN-106, a 42-jewel self-winding mechanical movement with a power reserve of 52 hours. Fitted with a 22K gold oscillating weight, this in-house caliber can be admired through the sapphire crystal case-back.

Ulysse Nardin Blast Moonstruck

This complex mechanism is however easy to adjust, as all the information can be set from the winding crown. A little concentration when correctly positioning all the useful information, from the reference city to the local time and date, suffices to ensure that the complication subsequently manages all the displays on its own as long as the watch is worn.

Ulysse Nardin Blast Moonstruck

The Blast Moonstruck watch is supplied in a special box that contains an automatic winder designed to take care of the winding and keep its calendar information accurate.

Technical details

Model: Ulysse Nardin Blast Moonstruck
Reference 1063-400-2A/1A

Movement
UN-106 Manufacture caliber
Automatic winding
335 components
42 jewels
Frequency: 4 Hz / 28,800 V/H
5N Rose gold oscillating weight
Power reserve: 50 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, date
Moon phase indication
Days of lunar month
Tidal coefficients
Worldtimer
Dual Time
Positions of the sun and moon around the globe

Case
Black ceramic
Black DLC titanium
Sapphire crystal
Open case back, sapphire crystal & black DLC titanium
Diameter: 45 mm
Water resistance: 30 m

Strap
Black alligator, velvet, or rubber
SYNC folding clasp, black DLC titanium and pink gold

Price
75’000 CHF / 71’300 EUR

Availability
Limited production