Ulysse Nardin Freak P001, the Very First Freak Prototype Watch Sold at Phillips’ Auction for 126’000 CHF

Introduced in 2001, the Ulysse Nardin Freak is one of the 10 watches that have changed the face of watchmaking in the last 20 years.

The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV by Phillips took place in November 5th and 7th in 2021. The very first FREAK P001 prototype model was for sale at this auction event: Lot number 224, Estimate: CHF15,000 – 30,000 (€14,000-28,000/ $16,300-32,600).

Ulysse Nardin Freak P001

The Ulysse Nardin “FREAK” prototype was the first watch ever to use silicium technology. It was a world premiere, the very first wristwatch anywhere – from any manufacture – to use silicium for its components. A memorable project originally designed by Carole Forestier Kasapi and implemented by genius watchmaker-cum-philosopher Ludwig Oeschlin – Ulysse Nardin’s technical director.

Ulysse Nardin Freak P001

Over the past two decades, Ulysse Nardin has worked diligently to create engineering masterpieces while pushing the boundaries of traditional watchmaking. The FREAK has always been considered a “laboratory on the wrist” of the Swiss Maison, the entire collection dedicated primarily to showcasing the brand’s numerous innovations. FREAK has now become one of Ulysse Nardin’s strongest collections and the penultimate brand ambassador in the sphere of high-end timepieces.

Ulysse Nardin Freak P001

Featuring a brand new dual direct escapement using silicium escapement wheels, the revolving movement is visible on the dial side, the gear train and escapement rotating once every hour doubling as the minutes hand. Ulysse Nardin’s dual direct escapement incorporates two escape wheels operating alternatively and giving two impulses per oscillation.

Ulysse Nardin Freak P001

To obtain the best possible results, these escapement wheels needed to be as light as possible, thus the novel and groundbreaking use of silicium (which had the further advantage of not needing lubrication). The watch was further wound using the back bezel and time was set using the grooved top bezel.

This historically important FREAK prototype in pink gold was sold for CHF126, 000.

Facts and figures

  • Manufacturer: Ulysse Nardin
  • Year: Circa 2001
  • Reference No: 016-88
  • Case No: P001 Model
  • Name: Freak Prototype N° 001
  • Material: 18K pink gold
  • Calibre: Manual, 32 jewels
  • Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
  • Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Ulysse Nardin deployant clasp
  • Dimensions: 44.5mm in diameter
  • Signed: Dial and movement signed, case engraved P001 indicating prototype and buckle signed
  • Auctioned price: 126’000 CHF

Ulysse Nardin Monaco Yacht Show Limited Editions

After a “year off”, the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show took place from 28th September to 1st October 2021. To mark this milestone event, Ulysse Nardin, the Show’s official sponsor for over 10 years, launched two new limited editions of its DIVER and MARINE Mega yacht watches. Both timepieces are inspired by the Ocean and enhanced with new colors.

Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph 44mm Monaco Yacht Show Limited Edition

Ulysse Nardin DIVER is one of the most reliable and contemporary diving watches on the market. The new Diver Chronograph Monaco Yacht Show Limited Edition is available in only 100 pieces. It has a sapphire caseback and is driven by the Manufacture UN-150 automatic movement with silicium and a 48- hour power reserve.

Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph 44mm Monaco Yacht Show Limited Edition

The model is also adorned with touches of red: from the bezel joint and the seconds hand, to the hands on the small counters and the date. Also, the “MONACO YACHT SHOW” signature is featured under the Ulysse Nardin logo. The case, the bezel and the UN element are made of titanium and the bezel is coated with rubber.

Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph 44mm Monaco Yacht Show Limited Edition

This model has all the features of a diver’s watch: ultra-resistant sapphire crystal, screw-down crown, Super Luminova on the 0, rotating inverted bezel for optimal readability, and water resistant down to 300 meters. There are several strap options: rubber, metal or fabric with a Velcro fastener.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Mega Yacht Watch 44mm Limited Edition 5N Rose Gold

Built in the same spirit as a luxury mega yacht, the new Marine Mega Yacht watch, crafted in pink gold, is regulated by a flying tourbillon equipped with a cage modelled on a latest-generation ship’s propeller.

Intimately linked to the concept of the mega yacht, this timepiece displays on its 3D “grand feu” enamel dial, reminiscent of a ship’s bow plowing its way through the ocean waves, not only the time, but also a precise representation of the Moon with an ultra-detailed surface, a sophisticated tide indicator across its width, together with an anchor raised by a chain attached to a windlass positioned at 12 o’clock indicating the power reserve.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Mega Yacht Watch 44mm Limited Edition 5N Rose Gold

With its diameter of 44mm, this instrument displays on its dial the streamlined bows of a luxury vessel. Magnificently reproduced in 3D, it seems to surface from a pool of white gold as though it was emerging from the mist, and cuts through a sea of “Grand Feu” Enamel on a wave of foam portrayed with astonishing realism.

To highlight its nautical world inspiration, the cage of the flying tourbillon is decorated with a propeller with its blades specially honed for latest- generation yachts.

The hands, with their design inspired by the venerable marine timepieces that the Manufacture has always supplied, move majestically, like the lamps of lighthouses or buoys floating on the horizon out at sea. The powerful mechanical movement of the watch has a diameter of 37 mm. This hand-wound calibre features 504 components. It guarantees a power reserve of 80 hours. It beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour, with the tourbillon rotating at 60 rotations per hour (or one rotation every 60 seconds).

Ulysse Nardin Marine Mega Yacht Watch 44mm Limited Edition 5N Rose Gold

Its first role is to provide an analog time display, giving a three- dimensional presentation of the phases of the Moon and containing a mechanism that displays the height of the tides in real time in relation to a specific location, in addition to indicating the seasonal coefficients, once the mechanism has been adjusted by the action of the winding-crown, the position of which is measured in a window opened up in the side of the watch-band in the same way as the screen of an exercise telegraph.

The anchor, fashioned in the form of a plowshare, is linked to the chain by the anchor ring (and which itself passes through a mooring chock which might have been thought to be entirely decorative). It moves in response to the movements of the winding-crown so as to indicate the power reserve.

An authentic miniature windlass is visible at 12 o’clock. Through the action of a set of conical wheels in contact with the winding mechanism of the barrel, the latter turns to simulate the raising of the anchor, even when the winding process has been fully completed.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Mega Yacht Watch 44mm Limited Edition 5N Rose Gold

The display of the phases of the Moon is made with the aid of a precise 3D reduced-size representation of Earth’s satellite, and which, in order to make a special impact, presents a surface reminiscent of the Moon’s actual surface by reproducing it through the use of an ultra-precise engraving. It is made up of two half-spheres, one treated in blue PVD (for the period of the new Moon) and the other rhodiumized (to simulate the illuminating effect of the Sun).

Its adjustment in relation to the annual calendar is undertaken through the winding-crown, once its indicator is in place on the telegraph window opened up in the side of the watch-band is placed on the corresponding indication(S: Set position for setting the hands/TM : Tide and Moon position/W : position for winding the movement).

In the intermediate position, the Moon phase and tide volume indication is regulated by turning the crown counter- clockwise (one turn of the crown represents four days), while in the clockwise direction the operator regulates the level of the tide depending on his location (one turn of the crown represents a 0. 25 turn of the disk, equivalent to 9.5 hours).

Limited to 30 pieces, the Marine Mega Yacht watch offers the possibility of engraving the name or motto in the plaque positioned on the side of the watch-band so as to make it truly unique.

Technical details

Model: Diver Chronograph Monaco Yacht Show Limited Edition

References
1503-170LE-0A-MON/3A
1503-170LE-01-MON/3B

Movement
Caliber UN-150, Manufacture movement
Silicium escapement
Power reserve: 48 hours

Functions
Hours and minutes
Small seconds counter at 9 o’clock
Chronograph: minute counter at 3 o’clock, hour meter at 6 o’clock, central chronograph seconds hand

Case
Titanium, screw-down crown, screw-in safety push-buttons
Case back: Open case back with sapphire crystal
Diameter: 44 mm
Bezel: Inverted concave unidirectional rotating bezel
Water resistance: 300 m

Dial
“Monaco Yacht Show” Signature

Strap
Rubber strap with UN element

Edition
Limited edition of 100 pieces

Price
12’300 CHF / 11’300 EUR / 13’000 USD / 10’810 GBP

Model: Marine Mega Yacht 5N Rose Gold Limited Edition, Reference 6312-305

Movement
UN-631 caliber
Power reserve: 80 hours

Functions
Power reserve with anchor and windlass linked to the winding mechanism
Flying tourbillon
Moon phase indication
Indicator of tidal coefficients and volumes

Dial
In-house enamel dial

Case
5N Rose Gold, polished
Case-back: Sapphire crystal displaying the movement inspired by a ship’s engine room
Diameter: 44 mm
Water resistance: 50 m

Strap
Fully-integrated strap made of navy blue alligator leather

Edition
Limited edition of 30 pieces

Price
290’000 CHF / 266’800 EUR / 306’000 USD / 254’390 GBP

Ulysse Nardin UFO Unique Piece for Only Watch 2021

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.

Ulysse Nardin UFO Unique Piece for Only Watch 2021

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.

Ulysse Nardin UFO Unique Piece for Only Watch 2021

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.

Technical details

Model: Ulysse Nardin UFO Unique Piece for Only Watch 2021
Reference 9023-900LE-5A-OW

Movement
UN-902 caliber
Manually wound movement
3 time zones / Hours, minutes
Deadbeat second
675 components
Extra large oscillator (49mm)
0.5 Hz /3’600 Alt/H
Power reserve: 1 year, 6 barrels

Case
Aluminum & blown glass
Dimensions: 263 (H) x 159 (Ø) mm
Weight: 7. 2 kg

Orange elements
Spherical anodized aluminum base
Power reserve disks
Lower ties
Connecting cylinders
Ulysse Nardin Logo insert

Limited edition
Only Watch – a unique timepiece

Estimated price
60’000 – 80’000 CHF

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur 175th Anniversary Edition

The Marine Torpilleur model, launched in 2017, is an archetype of Ulysse Nardin’s roots and history, joining the long line of illustrious Marine chronometers of the 19th century. Celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, the Swiss watch manufacture unveiled seven new models of the Marine Torpilleur during the Geneva Watch Days 2021.

These precision instruments all bear the codes of historical Marine Chronometers, such as the fluted bezel, roman numerals and the double counter. Each model, equipped with a silicium escapement, has a distinctive look and its own design, bearing the legacy and codes of the brand’s history.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur 175th Anniversary Edition

Along with the Marine Torpilleur Blue Enamel – the icon of the collection – these include the Panda, the Moonphase (white and blue versions), the Annual Chronograph (white and blue versions), and the Tourbillon Grand Feu Enamel black in rose gold.

The above mentioned watches are produced in limited editions and bear the signature “Chronometry since 1846” at 6o’clock on the small seconds counter and a lightened minutes circle compared to the core collection.

Set with an Alligator leather strap, they are all compatible with the R-strap, made from recycled fishing fishing nets.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Blue Enamel

This new Marine Torpilleur watch has a magnificent Ulysse Nardin blue in-house enamelled dial made using the Grand Feu technique.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Blue Enamel

Thanks to the company’s collaboration with Donzé Cadrans, an independent enamelling workshop based in Le Locle, Switzerland, acquired by the manufacture in 2011, the manufacture has been able to constantly innovate and improve on this artisanal technique, which requires that over 90% of the process to be done by hand.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Blue Enamel

Ulysse Nardin masters this metier d’art, including the technique of Grand Feu enamel and cloisonné, in which a design is created by filling in a wire outline with colored enamels.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Blue Enamel

The Marine Torpilleur Blue Enamel stainless steel watch with a blue Grand Feu enamel dial is limited to 175 pieces.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Blue Enamel

Technical details

References
1183-310LE-3AE-175/1A (with brown strap)
1183-310LE-3AE-175/1B (with blue strap)

Movement
Caliber UN-118 Manufacture, COSC automatic movement
Balance spring in Silicium
Escapement wheel& anchor in Diamonsil
260 components
50 jewels
Frequency: 4 Hz / oscillations 28’800 V/H
Power reserve: 60 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds, date

Case
Stainless steel polished & satin-finish case / fluted bezel
Open sapphire case back
Diameter: 42 mm
Height: 11.73 mm
Water resistance: 50 m

Dial
New blue Grand Feu enamel dial by Donzé Cadrans
Double counters with power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock and small seconds with date at 6 o’clock “Chronometry since 1846” signature on the small second counter
Rhodium-finish hands

Strap
Brown or blue alligator leather strap Compatible with R-STRAP / rubber strap / metal bracelet
Stainless steel deployant buckle

Limited edition
175 pieces

Price
10’900 CHF / 10’000 € / 11’500 $

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Panda

The Marine Torpilleur Panda model, with two small dark blue dials within the dial (one that contains the power reserve indicator and one that houses the second hand and date) is a unique design at Ulysse Nardin.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Panda

It is for the first time that the manufacture has used this design. The varnished Panda dial with rhodium-finished hands bears the insignia “Chronometry since 1846” on the bottom ring that houses the seconds hand. It uses Silicium and DIAMonSIL technology and runs thanks to the UN-118 movement.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Panda

Limited to 300 pieces only, the 42mm diameter Marine Torpilleur Panda comes with a choice of a brown or blue leather alligator strap, metal bracelet, a rubber strap or an R-Strap.

Technical details

Reference: 1183-310LE-0A-175/1A (Brown strap)

Movement
CaliberUN-118 Manufacture, COSC automatic movement
Balance spring in Silicium
Escapement wheel& anchor in Diamonsil
260 components
50 jewels
Frequency: 4 Hz / oscillations 28’800 V/H
Power reserve: 60 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds, date

Case
Stainless steel polished & satin-finish case / fluted bezel
Open sapphire case back
Diameter: 42 mm
Height: 11.13 mm
Water resistance: 50 m

Dial
Varnished Panda dial
Double counters with power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock and small seconds with date at 6 o’clock
“Chronometry since 1846” signature on the small second counter
Rhodium-finish hands

Strap
Brown or blue alligator leather strap
Compatible with R-STRAP / rubber strap / metal bracelet
Stainless steel deployant buckle

Limited edition
300 pieces

Price
7’800 CHF / 7’200 € / 8’200 $

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Annual Chronograph

First produced from 1936 to 1980, the Ulysse Nardin Chronograph Marine Torpilleur pocket watches of that time featured the ability to read time down to 1/10th of a second.

Used during the 1936 Berlin Olympics, this precision transformed timekeeping. These chronographs, employed by automobile clubs, geodesic commissions, and scientists on expeditions, were delivered with official certification that guaranteed their extreme precision.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Annual Chronograph

The 2021 version includes a varnished white or a mat blue dial, and the UN-153 Manufacture movement, which is an evolution of the earlier UN-150 movement.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Annual Chronograph

The white dial is adorned with silvered, small counters and the annual calendar, which sits at 9o’clock just above the signature, verifying that Ulysse Nardin has been the leader in “Chronometry since 1846”.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Annual Chronograph

An invention by Ludwig Oechslin, the annual calendar system employed in the perpetual calendar model of 1996 has been improved, with all settings adjustable both forward and backward by using the crown, making it easy to set time and date.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Annual Chronograph

Each dial version of the Marine Torpilleur Annual Chronograph is limited to 300 pieces.

Technical details

References
Blue version with brown strap: 1533-320LE-3A-175/1A
Blue version with blue strap: 1533-320LE-3A-175/1B
White version with brown strap: 1533-320LE-0A-175/1A
White version with blue strap: 1533-320LE-0A-175/1B

Movement
Caliber UN-153 Manufacture, automatic movement
Escapement wheel, balance spring & anchor in Silicium
406 components
53 jewels
Frequency: 4 Hz / oscillations 28’800 V/H
Power reserve: 52 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, small second, date
Chronograph (H-M-S) & annual calendar

Case
Stainless steel polished & satin-finish case
Fluted bezel
Open sapphire case back
Diameter: 44 mm
Height: 13.66 mm
Water resistance: 50 m

Dial
Blue mat PVD dial or white varnished dial with silvered small counters Chronograph counter at 3 o’clock
Annual calendar and small second at 9 o’clock
“Chronometry since 1846” signature (B) Rhodium-finish and beige colored hands or (W) blued and red hands

Strap
Brown or blue alligator leather strap
Compatible with R-STRAP
Stainless steel deployant buckle

Limited edition
Chronograph blue: 300 pieces
Chronograph white: 300 pieces

Price
11’500 CHF / 10’600 € / 12’100 $

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Moonphase

Ulysse Nardin has been producing watches with moonphase display since the end of the 19th century. The moonphase is a complication that is at the heart of every astronomical instrument, as the phases of the moon control the tides, hence navigation.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Moonphase

The Marine Torpilleur Moonphase watch comes with either a blue or white dial. Each dial version is limited to 300 pieces.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Moonphase

Technical details

References
Blue version with blue strap: 1193-310LE-3A-175/1A
Blue version with brown strap: 1193-310LE-3A-175/1B
White version with blue strap: 1193-310LE-0A-175/1A
White version with brown strap: 1193-310LE-0A-175/1B

Movement
CaliberUN-119 Manufacture, COSC automatic movement
Balance spring in Silicium
Escapement wheel& anchor in Diamonsil
222 components
45 jewels
Frequency: 4 Hz / oscillations 28’800 V/H
Power reserve: 60 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds, moonphase

Case
Stainless steel polished & satin-finish case / fluted bezel
Open sapphire case back
Diameter: 42 mm, height: 11.13 mm
Water resistance: 50 m

Dial
Blue sun-brushed PVD dial or white varnished dial
Double counters with power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock, small seconds and moon disc at 6 o’clock
The star of the night is made of a multi-layer decal that brings a lot of elegance and reflections when reveal on the Starry Sky made of blue PVD.
“Chronometry since 1846” signature on the small second counter(B) Rhodium-finish hands or (W) blued hands

Strap
Brown or blue alligator leather strap
Compatible with R-STRAP / rubber strap / metal bracelet
Stainless steel deployant buckle

Limited edition
Moonphase blue: 300 pieces
Moonphase white: 300 pieces

Price
9’400 CHF / 8’600 € / 9’900 $

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Tourbillon Grand Feu

The Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Tourbillon Grand Feu in rose gold has an open sapphire caseback and is completed by a fluted bezel. The black Grand Feu enamel dial by Donzé Cadrans features a power reserve display at 12o’clock. The rose gold hands tell the time.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Tourbillon Grand Feu

With a diameter of 42mm and water resistant to 50 meters, this timepiece comes with a black alligator strap. It is also compatible with a rubber strap or an R-Strap. The rose gold deployable buckle makes for ease in securing this timepiece.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Tourbillon Grand Feu

The calibre UN-128 Constant manufacture and automatic movement also incorporates the flying tourbillon complication. This patented UN Constant Escapement Tourbillon won the Tourbillon Watch Prize at the annual 2015 GPHG (Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève) award ceremony.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Tourbillon Grand Feu

The Marine Torpilleur Tourbillon Grand Feu is a limited edition of 175 pieces.

Technical details

Reference: 1282-310LE-2AE-175/1A

Movement
Caliber UN-128 Constant Manufacture, automatic movement
Escapement wheel, balance spring & anchor in Silicium
208 components
36 jewel
Frequency: 2.5 Hz / oscillations 18’000 V/H
Power reserve: 60 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes
Flying tourbillon with Ulysse Anchor Escapement (constant)/ Blades technology
Power reserve indicator

Case
Rose gold 5N polished & satin-finish case / fluted bezel
Diameter: 42 mm
Height: 11.93 mm
Open sapphire case back
Water resistance: 50 m

Dial
Black Grand Feu enamel dial by DonzéCadrans
Power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock
Rose gold-colored hands

Strap
Black alligator leather strap
Compatible with R-STRAP
Rubber strap
Rose gold 5N deployant buckle

Limited edition
175 pieces

Price
45’900 CHF / 42’200 € / 48’400 $

Ulysse Nardin FREAK X MARQUETRY Limited Edition

Ulysse Nardin has recently unveiled FREAK X MARQUETRY, a new boutique limited edition FREAK X watch model bathed in a luminous mosaic of colors, in the form of silicium marquetry.

A revolutionary material par excellence, silicium had already proved its worth in Ulysse Nardin’s watch movements. For this new Freak X, Ulysse Nardin used an advanced technology, still in silicium, to produce a matt effect on the blue part of the decorative plate, thus creating a visual contrast with the green “X” in silicium marquetry.

Ulysse Nardin FREAK X MARQUETRY Limited Edition

The FREAK X MARQUETRY is equipped with the UN-230 calibre. This self-winding movement is a fusion of the manufacture calibres UN-118 and FREAK VISION UN-250.

The movement is a carrousel, turning once on itself every hour to indicate the time. It has no dial and no hands-the central bridge acts as a minute hand and one of the wheels indicates the hours. Inside and clearly visible beats a super-light balance wheel in silicium, extra-wide, with nickel flyweights and stabilizing micro-blades.

Measuring 43mm diameter, the Titanium case with Blue PVD is nicely rounded with curved lines. It has a crown for time correction, which breaks with one of the most iconic aspects of the crown-less FREAKVISION which correct time by the bezel.

Limited to 30 pieces, the FREAK X MARQUETRY watch comes with a blue alligator leather strap.

Technical details

Model: FREAK X MARQUETRY
Reference: 2303-270LE/03-MARQ-BQ

Movement
Caliber UN-230, self-winding movement
Flying carrousel manufacture movement rotating around its own axis
Oversized oscillator with Silicium technology
Wide-diameter 3Hz silicium balance-wheel with nickel inert masses
Index & Bridges in Vivid Blue with Superluminova
205 Components
Power reserve: 72 hours

Decorative plate
Cutting-edge Métiersd’art with Silicium marquetry decorative plate (bottom of the movement)

Case
Titanium with Blue PVD
Diameter: 43 mm
Case-back: open sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 50 m

Strap
Blue alligator leather strap
Scratch closing system with Titanium buckle

Edition
Limited edition of 30 pieces, boutiques only

Price
29’500 CHF / 29’500 EUR / 31’100 USD

Ulysse Nardin Blast Hourstriker

Unveiled during the Watches and Wonders 2021 event, the Ulysse Nardin Blast Hourstriker is an innovative new striking watch.

In 2019, the Swiss Manufacture collaborated with French audio technology company Devialet and launched in the Classico Hourstriker Phantom. This year, with the Blast Hourstriker watch, the luxury Swiss brand has opted for more futuristic ways to reinterpret traditional watchmaking crafts.

Ulysse Nardin Blast Hourstriker

In general, to generate the sound needed to mark the passing hours, the hammer strikes a wire gong wrapped around the movement to which it is attached. The acoustic wave spreads into the middle of the mechanism and is partly absorbed by it. In these conditions, the sound heard lacks power and its harmonics are partially muffled by the material of the timepiece.

Ulysse Nardin Blast Hourstriker watch

For the Blast Hourstriker, Ulysse Nardin had to find the solutions for two challenges. The first one was to make the chiming mechanism visible on the dial side. The second challenge was to improve the quality/power output ratio.

To achieve these goals, Ulysse Nardin developed the UN-621 caliber. For ensuring optimal precision of Ulysse Nardin’s first in-house automatic striking manufacture movement, it is powered by a flying tourbillon; one that is equipped with a variable-inertia balance wheel, a silicon hairspring, anchor and escape wheel.

Ulysse Nardin Blast Hourstriker

The most complex phase of the Blast Hourstriker’s development involved redesigning the entire kinematics of this 330-component striking caliber to allow this highly sophisticated mechanism, which is usually hidden from view, to be seen dial side.

When the striker is on, the mechanical ballet that makes the watch’s sound is visible on the hour and half hour, but even its occasional activation is just as beautiful.

By pressing the button located at 10 o’clock, the mechanism, driven by a specially dedicated barrel, is triggered. The hour rack and the inertia regulator start to turn; the hammers, visible in an opening made at 12 o’clock, hit the gong whose shape has been subtly worked to bypass the cage of the flying tourbillon.

Ulysse Nardin Blast Hourstriker watch 2021

Finally, to ensure that the Blast Hourstriker’s striking mechanism acoustic performance perfectly audible, this movement incorporates a titanium membrane developed in collaboration with Devialet, the French audio technology company with whom Ulysse Nardin worked on its torsion lever used in 2019’s Classico Hourstriker Phantom. Interestingly, one of whose co-founders of Devialet is a direct descendant of the Ulysse Nardin family.

Ulysse Nardin Blast Hourstriker watch with rose gold case

As in the Classico Hourstriker Phantom, the torsion lever connects the heel of the gong to the fine membrane. In this construction, it is pressed against a grid to prevent it deforming in the event of extreme external pressure. This diaphragm is 3/10th of a millimetrer thick and treated with black DLC, which offers a large deformation area, which, when under load, moves a large volume of air, which improves the audibility of the sound produced.

Ulysse Nardin Blast Hourstriker

The Blast line’s signature double X cut into the rose gold case back, also ensures the security of this sensitive Devialet membrane, which, once in action, basically acts like a hi-fi speaker– releasing and amplifying the gong’s sound.

Ulysse Nardin Blast Hourstriker

To truly allow the sound of the Blast Hourstriker to resonate, the distinctive 45mm Blast case was given a black DLC titanium middle, capped with 5N18-kt rose gold, for improved acoustics.

Ulysse Nardin Blast Hourstriker

To silence this imposing timepiece with the button located at 8 o’clock on the middle must be pressed and then the ‘ON’ or ‘OFF’ position at the tip of the function selector hand located at 8 o’clock checked.

Ulysse Nardin Blast Hourstriker

The three straps that come with the Blast Hourstriker allow its different personalities to be explored. The black high-tech, waterproof velvet option emphasizes its aerodynamism, while the alligator brings its more sophisticated side to the fore. In addition, a rubber strap is also available for this model.

Technical details

Model: Blast Hourstriker

References
6215-400/02 (Alligator)
6215-400-3B/02 (Velvet)
6215-400-3A/02 (Rubber)

Movement
UN-621 Manufacture Caliber
Automatic tourbillon
Automatic Flying Tourbillon for the movement /Manual-winding for the chiming
Flying tourbillon, hours, minutes
Openwork movement on the dial side
Hour striker (hours and a half hours / hours on demand)
Devialet sound amplification system
330 components
23 jewels
Frequency: 4 Hz / 28,800 V/H
Power reserve: 60 hours

Case
Rose gold 5N
Black DLC titanium
Glass box: Sapphire glass
Diameter: 45 mm
Case-back: Sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 30 m

Strap
Velvet, rubber, alligator

Price
99’000 CHF / 91’100 EUR / 104’400 USD

Ulysse Nardin DIVER X SKELETON Limited Edition

To create this impressive timepiece, Ulysse Nardin has blended the characteristics of its two distinct watch families: DIVER and EXECUTIVE SKELETON.

The Ulysse Nardin DIVER X SKELETON is an exclusive edition of skeleton diving watches. It is limited to 175 timepieces, all numbered. all of Ulysse Nardin’s DIVERS, the DIVER X SKELETON is designed to withstand atmospheric pressures up to 20 ATM (200 meters).

Ulysse Nardin DIVER X SKELETON Limited Edition

The watch is equipped with a concave inverted unidirectional rotating bezel, which protects the domed sapphire glass against untimely impacts.

The completely redesigned self-winding UN-371 movement is visible through the 44mm case. Originally designed for the EXECUTIVE SKELETON collection, it has been improved by the addition of an oscillating weight in the shape of the Ulysse Nardin’s iconic X. There is also a barrel cover placed at midday with a blue Carbonium®, which is the same as the bezel. The hours, minutes and seconds hands are coated with Superluminova.

Ulysse Nardin DIVER X SKELETON Limited Edition

Creating the dial interface of the DIVER X SKELETON in the shape of the blue PVD X was one of the most technical and complex developments ever undertaken by Ulysse Nardin. The hour markers had to be secretly connected to the dial, so they appear to be floating.

To achieve the sensation of depth, overlaid layers were used to emphasize the tiered construction of the central “X”. Different levels of finish were also employed to cause a play of light, which was amplified by the transparency of the skeleton movement.

Ulysse Nardin DIVER X SKELETON Limited Edition

The case, microbeaded on the sides with satin polished lugs, has been coated in blue PVD. Orange details, such as the hourmarkers, the internal lines of Ulysse Nardin’s signature “X” and the protective rubber around the crown, add vibrant pops of colour and emphasize the model’s sports origins.

Ulysse Nardin DIVER X SKELETON Limited Edition

On the bezel, Ulysse Nardin has used blue Carbonium®, a material originally used on its FREAK X. Carbonium® is an extremely light weight aerospace material and among the most robust and durable materials ever developed by scientists. It is made from the same fibers as those used for the fuselage and wings of the latest generation of aircraft.

Ulysse Nardin DIVER X SKELETON Limited Edition

Because its manufacturing process involves using waste materials, it has a 40% lower environmental impact than other carbon. This high-performance material is created using a complex process which involves subjecting carbon fibers, which have a diameter of only 7µm, to high pressure and temperature conditions. The process causes the fibers to form a pattern that is unique to each watch.

The DIVER X SKELETON comes on a rubber strap in either ocean blue or supercharged orange with an element adorned with the Ulysse Nardin anchor also in orange.

Technical details

Model: DIVER X SKELETON

References
3723-170LE-3A-BLUE/3B (Orange strap)
3723-170LE-3A-BLUE/3A (Blue Strap)

Movement
UN-372 caliber
Automatic movement
Extra-large silicon oscillator
Silicon escape wheel, anchor and balance
Skeleton movement
X Dial
171 components
23 jewels
Frequency: 3 Hz / 21,600 V/H
Power reserve: 96 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds

Case
Titanium Blue PVD
Bezel: blue Carbonium®
Diameter: 44 mm
Case-back: Sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 200 m

Strap
Blue or orange rubber strap

Price
21’000 CHF / 19’300 EUR / 22’200 USD / 18’050 GBP

Edition
Limited edition of 175 timepieces

Ulysse Nardin Diver Summer 2021 Collection

Swiss luxury watch brand Ulysse Nardin celebrates this summer season with three new additions to its Diver collection. The three new models are: The Diver 42mm Grey and Rose Gold, the 39mm Lady Diver Rose Gold and the Diver Chronometer 44mm.

Additions to an already illustrious family, the Summer 2021 Diver Collection completes the line, which comprises 38 references. All timepieces are made by hand at the manufacture in Le Locle, Switzerland where Ulysse Nardin has been located since its founding in 1846.

Ulysse Nardin Chronometer 44 mm
Ulysse Nardin Chronometer 44 mm

The Ulysse Nardin Chronometer 44 mm features deep-sea blue color and rose gold details. It is equipped with the UN-118 Manufacture Automatic movement. With an escapement wheel and anchor in Diamonsil, this self-winding calibre ensures precise performance. The open sapphire case back showcases the balance spring in silicium along with the other parts made in- house to create this technical marvel.

The Diver 42 mm Grey and Rose Gold highlights a contemporary design. It comes with a stainless, “shark gray” PVD satin finish and polished case, a rose gold 5N and gray rubberized, unidirectional rotating, concave bezel and a domed sapphire glass. The gray alligator strap of this dashing timepiece is secured with a stainless steel gray PVD buckle.

The 39 mm Lady Diver Rose Gold model is set with 40 diamonds for a total of 0.80 carats. It incorporates all the hallmarks of a classic Ulysse Nardin Diver. The mother of pearl dial bears 11 diamonds totalling 0.12 carats and the white alligator strap is held in place by a 5N rose gold buckle.

Both the Diver 42 mm Grey and Rose Gold and the 39 mm Lady Diver Rose Gold models are equipped with the powerful UN-816 movement, an automatic movement that functions at 4 Hz and 28,800V/H.

All the three timepieces have been crafted to withstand up to 300 meters of water pressure.

Technical details

Model: Ulysse Nardin Chronometer 44 mm, Reference 1185-170-3/BLUE

Ulysse Nardin Chronometer 44 mm

Movement
Caliber UN-118 Manufacture Automatic movement
Balance spring in Silicium
Escapement Wheel & Anchor in Diamonsil
260 Components / 50 Jewels
Frequency 4 Hz / 28’800 V/H

Functions
Hours, minutes, Small Seconds, Date

Case
Titanium blue PVD polished & satin-finish case
Rose gold 5N & blue rubberized unidirectional rotating bezel
Concave bezel with a domed sapphire glass
Diameter: 44 mm
Case back: Open sapphire case back
Water resistance: 300 m

Dial
Blue & rose gold dial
Power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock, small seconds at 6 o’clock
Index & hands in rose gold colored & Superluminova

Price
12’600 CHF / 12’000 EUR / 13’300 USD

Strap
Blue rubber strap with titanium blue PVD element
Titanium blue PVD tang buckle

Model: Ulysse Nardin Diver 42 mm Grey and Rose Gold, Reference 8163-175/GREY-5N

Ulysse Nardin Diver 42 mm Grey and Rose Gold

Movement
Caliber UN-816, automatic movement
Escapement wheel & Anchor in Silicium
Frequency: 4Hz, 28’800 V/H

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Case
Stainless steel grey PVD satin-finish & polished case
Diameter: 42 mm
Concave bezel with a domed sapphire glass
Case back: UN Logo with anchor engraved on the case back in grey PVD
Rose gold 5N & grey rubberized unidirectional rotating bezel
Water Resistance: 300 m

Dial
Grey & rose gold sandblasted dial
Index & hands in Superluminova

Strap
Grey alligator strap
Stainless steel grey PVD tang buckle

Price
9’900 CHF /9’100 EUR/ 10’400 USD

Model: Ulysse Nardin 39 mm Lady Diver Rose Gold, Reference 8162-182B1-0A/3A

Ulysse Nardin 39 mm Lady Diver Rose Gold

Movement
Caliber UN-816 Automatic movement
Escapement wheel & Anchor in Silicium
Frequency 4 Hz / 28’800 V/H

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Case
Rose gold 5N polished case
Diameter: 39 mm
Rose gold bezel diamond set with 40 diamonds, 0.80 Cts
Concave bezel with a domed sapphire glass
Case back: Wind rose engraved on the rose gold case back
Water resistance: 300 m

Dial
Mother of pearl dial with 11 diamonds, 0.12 Cts
Date at 6 o’clock
12 o’clock Index & hands in rose gold color & Superluminova

Strap
White structured rubber strap
Alligator strap
Rose gold 5N tang buckle

Price
24’500 CHF / 22’500 EUR / 25’800 USD

Ulysse Nardin DIVER Lemon Shark Limited Edition

In keeping with the Swiss watch manufacturer’s devotion to shark conservation around the world, Ulysse Nardin has launched the DIVER Lemon Shark Limited Edition, a shark-themed of the DIVER 42 mm watch.

Ulysse Nardin DIVER Lemon Shark Limited Edition

To celebrate the launch of the DIVER Lemon Shark on World Ocean Day, Ulysse Nardin has teamed up with world-renown shark experts dedicated to the study of marine life and ocean conservation by bringing together two outstanding organizations: OCEARCH and the FIU Medina Aquarius Program in the Florida International University Institute of Environment.

The Aquarius Reef Base by Florida International University
At the heart of Florida International University (FIU)’s Medina Aquarius Program is the Aquarius Reef Base. The world’s only underwater research and education laboratory, Aquarius is deployed 60 feet beneath the surface of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Fred Buyle
Photographer Fred Buyle – a friend of Ulysse Nardin and fearless deep-sea diver based in the Azores–contributes his craft to the bio-tagging of lemon sharks in a quest to better understand these gentle members of the Carcharhinid family.

Based mainly in Florida, lemon sharks are carnivores that feed on fish and crustaceans. They tend to be able sneak upon their prey as they are easily camouflaged thanks to their yellow color, which matches that of the sandy ocean floors they inhabit.

Ulysse Nardin DIVER Lemon Shark Limited Edition

The DIVER Lemon Shark features a black dial with a yellow lemon shark ‘signature’, a stamp of three lemon sharks on the back and a black R-STRAP made from recycled fishing nets.

Ulysse Nardin DIVER Lemon Shark Limited Edition

The touches of yellow on the bezel, dial, crown and band pay homage to the lemon shark, recalling the color of its skin and its connection to the ocean floor. The concave bezel with a domed sapphire glass creates a sleek look.

Ulysse Nardin DIVER Lemon Shark Limited Edition

The DIVER Lemon Shark is equipped with Caliber UN-816 movement, which incorporates the revolutionary silicium technology, pioneered by Ulysse Nardin.

Ulysse Nardin DIVER Lemon Shark Limited Edition

Superluminova indexes in ‘shark gray’ adorn the dial and a yellow 0 marks the 12 o’clock position on the bezel. The lemon yellow second hand, second markers and discreet stitching on the R-STRAP distinguish this model. The DIVER Lemon Shark is available in a limited series of just 300 pieces.

Technical details

Model: DIVER Lemon Shark
Reference: 8163-175LE/92-LEMONSHARK

Movement
Calibre UN-816
Self-winding movement
Power reserve: 42 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds
Date at 6 o’clock

Case
Steel case, Black DLC
Diameter: 42 mm
Bezel: Inverted concave unidirectional rotating bezel
Case-back: Lemon shark engraved
Water resistance: 300 m

Dial
Sand-blasted

Strap
Black R-STRAP, scratch closing, metal component in titanium
100% recycled from the Ocean from fishing nets
100% collected in France (Brest, Marseille)
Polyamide, YTT+

Limited edition
300 pieces

Price
6’900 CHF / 6’300 EUR / 7’300 USD / 6’070 GBP

Ulysse Nardin UFO

To celebrate its 175th anniversary, Ulysse Nardin created UFO, a table/desk clock that pays homage to the brand’s rich history in the manufacturing of marine chronometers.

With its 675 components, and triple-dialled time zones, the UFO is the futuristic interpretation of marine chronometers. The movement of the UFO is inspired by the ocean waves. The entire structure of the clock is built on an imbalance, on a gentle swing which recalls the ebb and flow of the tides, the perpetual movement of the ocean.

Ulysse Nardin UFO

The secret of the balance is its blue half-spherical aluminum base, which contains a tungsten mass. The base and glass bell are joined by a bayonet mounting system, which looks similar to the old systems of marine chronometers from which the glass could be unscrewed.

Ulysse Nardin UFO

Whereas marine chronometers were housed in wooden boxes and set on gimbles to counter act the effect of the ship’s constant sway, Ulysse Nardin reverses this. Here it is the object itself that makes waves when it is nudged gently. Weighing 7.2 kg, the UFO swings up to 60° from its axis – an amplitude of 120 degrees–and the engineers have accurately calculated the center of the gravity/mass/inertia ratio, which allows UFO to swing neither too fast nor too slowly and without significantly affecting the operation of the balance.

Ulysse Nardin UFO

It isn’t just the UFO’s movement that is inspired by the ocean, the architecture is too. The bell under which this incredible creation is housed suggests floating black and yellow cardinal buoys – objects that also provide inspiration for the X sitting in the spine of the table clock. From above, the construction of the UFO seems almost kaleidoscopic, with its emblem, the marine anchor, dominating the heart of the rosette.

The the ovoid glass bell has been created by Romain Montero, a 26-year-old artisan glass blower who works for Verreet Quartz, a technical glass-blowing workshop located on the shores of Switzerland’s Lake Neuchâtel. He had the responsibility for handcrafting for every one of the 75 numbered limited edition UFO glass covers.

Ulysse Nardin UFO

To manufacture each 3mm-thick tube, it was necessary to stretch the glass when it was still hot, for more than 45 minutes, using only the naked eye, on a traditional glass-maker’s lathe at temperatures of up to 1,500 degrees. As it is heated the glass is transformed, becomes orange, red, white and morphs through all the hues of pink. The total process takes almost half a day of work: cutting of the glass, blowing, checking the blowing and the measurements, furnace annealing, cutting again, lamination, final and visual inspection, and then cleaning.

Comprising 663 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 49mm, UFO displays the time on three trapezoidal dials, which are so complex it takes 28 hours to manufacture just eight of them.

Ulysse Nardin UFO

Having three dials allows the owner to display three different time-zones at once, seen from three different angles. The XXL brass balance wheel beats at 0.5Hz. It maintains a power reserve of one year.

UFO comes in a wood treasure chest aged as if it been discovered washed upon a beach. In addition to the UFO, this box also contains operating instructions, warranty card and a special place for its winding key.

It takes 40 wind-up turns with a square-end stainless steel key to wind-up the mechanism for one year. 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).

Technical details

UFO Table clock
Reference: 9023-900LE-3A-BLUE

Movement
UN-902 caliber
Manually wound movement
3 time zones / Hours, minutes
Deadbeat second
675 components
Extra-large oscillator (49mm)
Frequency: 0.5 Hz /3’600 Alt/H
Power reserve: 1 year, 6 barrels

Case
Aluminum & blown glass
Dimensions: 263 (H) x 159 (Ø) mm
Weight: 7.2 kg

Limited edition
75 timepieces

Price
39’000 CHF
35’900 EUR
41’100 USD

Ulysse Nardin Freak X Razzle Dazzle Limited Edition

Ulysse Nardin has introduced a revisited and unique version of its best-selling model FreakX, embellished with a new geometrical pattern inspired by a camouflage technique used for ships’ concealment.

The Freak X collection is renowned for its in-house flying carrousel movement, which rotates around its own axis without a traditional dial or hands.

The Freak X model doesn’t feature a conventional dial but a decorative movement plate integrating the minute gear train- here fully “razzle- dazzled”.

Ulysse Nardin Freak X Razzle Dazzle Limited Edition

Limited to 30 pieces, the watch is available in titanium with a black DLC case and a black openwork rubber leather strap with “point de bride” stitches and rubber, or a white openwork calfskin leather strap with “point de bride” stitches. This razzle dazzle vibrant tapisserie emphasizes the edgy carrousel movement, turning on itself every 60 minutes to indicate the time.

Ulysse Nardin Freak X Razzle Dazzle Limited Edition

Ulysse Nardin design department has decorated this timepiece with ‘razzle dazzle’ pattern, a painting technique employed to camouflage British ships during the world wars.

Dazzle camouflage, also known as razzle dazzle or dazzle painting – was a design composed of a group of avant-garde ship camouflage patterns used extensively in World War I and, to a lesser extent, in World War II.

Ulysse Nardin Freak X Razzle Dazzle Limited Edition

The usual purpose of camouflage is to blend in or to conceal but in this case, the pattern actually draws attention to itself. The crossing lines are meant to confuse the viewer and make it difficult to estimate the range, speed and direction of the ship, therefore misleading the enemy in regard to the ship’s course and resulting in the adversary making poor target firing decisions.

Ulysse Nardin Freak X Razzle Dazzle Limited Edition

The 43 mm sizing allows for an easy way to read and operate the watch. The freaky timepiece includes a crown for time correction but has no hands- the central bridge acts as a minute hand and one of the wheels indicates the hours. Inside beats a super-light balance wheel in silicium, extra-wide, with nickel flyweights and stabilizing micro-blades.

Ulysse Nardin Freak X Razzle Dazzle Limited Edition

The movement itself, the UN-230, is a fusion of the manufacture calibres UN- 118 and Freak Vision UN-250.

Technical details

References
2303-270LE-9A-RAZZLE/0A (Black strap)
2303-270LE-9A-RAZZLE/0B (White strap)

Movement
Caliber UN-230, self-winding movement
Extra-large diameter silicium oscillator 3 Hz
Silicium escapement
Index & bridges with Superluminova
Power reserve: 72 hours
Decorative plate: Razzle Dazzle pattern

Functions
Flying carrousel movement rotating around its own axis

Case
Titanium with black DLC, sandblasted & satined-finish
Diameter: 43 mm
Case-back: Sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 50 m

Strap
Black openwork rubber leather strap with “point de bride” stitches and rubber
White openwork calfskin leather strap with “point de bride” stitches

Limited edition
30 pieces

Price
25’900 CHF /23’800 EUR /22’250 GBP /27’300 USD

Ulysse Nardin Sparkling Free Wheel Limited Edition

Ulysse Nardin presents Sparkling Free Wheel, a diamond set version of its innovative Tourbillon Free Wheel watch. Incorporating snow-setting technique, this sparkling creation features diamonds everywhere: from the face of the gray gold dial to the horns and even the barrel cover.

Ulysse Nardin Sparkling Free Wheel Limited Edition

The 2’251 pavé stones on the Sparkling Free Wheel are rigorously selected and comprise a total of 5.90 carats. The diamond setting alone takes approximately 120 hours of meticulous work to complete. The stellar quality –all VVS or VS with an F/G rating for purity and color – is visible to the naked eye.

Ulysse Nardin Sparkling Free Wheel Limited Edition

The Free Wheel’s most astonishing features are the dial’s tourbillon bridges and the 7-day power reserve indicator at four o’clock, which are shaped like boomerangs and look like they are miraculously floating in the air. So too do the other components, the hour and minute indicators and the gorgeous gear trains. The sapphire glass box housing these ‘flying’ elements is another standout achievement.

Ulysse Nardin Sparkling Free Wheel Limited Edition

The structure’s complexity and finish – especially the polishing of the box angles – were extremely difficult to achieve, requiring lengthy and painstaking experimentation. The caseback is also sapphire, except there’s less to see inside, as, in a complete reversal of watchmaking convention, all the exquisite components are visible on the dial side.

Ulysse Nardin Sparkling Free Wheel Limited Edition

The mechanical movement powering this spectacular creation is the UN-176, entirely developed in-house at the Ulysse Nardin manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Its flying tourbillon is the “Ulysse Anchor Escapement”, a pioneering technology that replaces the traditional Swiss lever escapement system and uses Ulysse Nardin’s signature low friction silicium instead of metal or synthetic rubies.

Ulysse Nardin Sparkling Free Wheel Limited Edition

The eight pieces in this Sparkling Free Wheel limited edition are available for 225’000 CHF each.

Technical details

Model: Sparkling Free Wheel
Reference: 1760-176BLE

Movement
Caliber UN-176 Manufacture Movement
Silicium technology
Manual winding
Functions: H/M
Ulysse Nardin flying Anchor tourbillon with constant escapement
Power Reserve indicator at 4 o’clock
Power reserve: 7 days

Dial
Flying components
Diamond snow setting

Case
18 Carat white gold
Diameter: 44mm
Case back: Sapphire crystal
Crystal: Box-domed sapphire glass
Wrist strap: Alligator leather strap
Water resistance: 30m

Price
225’000 CHF

Ulysse Nardin Skeleton X Sparkling

Ulysse Nardin has expanded its Skeleton X collection by adding two new models embellished with diamonds.

There are two versions of the Skeleton X Sparkling: a white titanium version with a mother-of-pearl decoration on the barrels and a white alligator strap, and a black 4N pink gold version with a black PVD brass barrel cover and a black alligator strap.

Ulysse Nardin Skeleton X Sparkling

With its skeleton structure, the Skeleton X Sparkling opens itself up and reveals revealing its secrets .The boundaries between the inside and outside are erased. Shrouded in diamonds, its appearance pushes to a pinnacle of transparency of its powerful UN 371 manufacture movement. Thanks to a meticulously open structure which however conserves its resilience to impacts, the breathtaking beauty of its beating heart is striking.

Ulysse Nardin Skeleton X Sparkling

Decorated with 80 diamonds on the bezel and 69 on the dial, the Skeleton X Sparkling is relatively small size of only 42mm and fully follows the current trend: Its curves give way to sharp lines for more masculinity. Its nested geometry – an X formed by four of the hour markers framed by a rectangle, itself in a circle – is an eye-catching feature. These timepieces boast a refined profile and silhouette, crafted finishes, and a hand-polished surface.

Ulysse Nardin Skeleton X Sparkling

Inside and visible beats one of the FREAKVISION’s greatest innovations: an extra-wide, super-light balance wheel in silicon, with nickel flyweights and stabilizing micro-blades. The Manufacture movement, UN -371 caliber, is an entirely reworked version of the UN -171 movement. The 96-hour power reserve is displayed through the apertures on the barrel visible on the back of the watch.

Ulysse Nardin Skeleton X Sparkling

Technical details

References
3713 -260B/00 / Titanium
3716 -260B/02 / Pink gold

Movement
Caliber UN-371, manual winding
Skeleton manufacture movement
Large diameter silicon balance wheel 3Hz with nickel inert masses
Mother Mother-of-pearl barrel decoration / White
PVD black barrel decoration/ Black
Power reserve: 96 hours

Case
Titanium / White
4N pink gold / Black 4N
Diameter: 42 mm
Case back: Sapphire glass
Waterproof: 50m

Strap
White alligator or Black alligator
Pin buckle

Price
Titanium: 29,900 CHF/ White
Pink gold: 39,900 CHF/ Black

Ulysse Nardin Diver Net

Swiss luxury watch brand Ulysse Nardin celebrates the Vendée Globe and combats marine plastic pollution with a concept watch born from the ocean.

Around 30 adventurers will set off from Les Sables d’Olonne on November 8th, at the start of the 9th edition of the Vendée Globe, the ineffable non-stop and unassisted yacht race around the world. A circumnavigation of 21,638 nautical miles (40,075 kilometers) which only takes place every four years and for which Ulysse Nardin has the honor of being the Official Timekeeper.

The Swiss watchmaker has been making marine chronometers of incomparable reliability for explorers since 1846 and continues this tradition by supporting the Vendée Globe. This year, the yachtsmen will spend a minimum of 70 days at sea before returning to Les Sables d’Olonne and crossing the finish line. During this odyssey, they will inevitably be confronted with the 5,000 billion pieces of the floating plastic that pollutes the ocean.

Ulysse Nardin has turned its efforts towards researching and developing solutions for the growing plastic pollution crisis in our oceans. The watchmaker has implemented a dedicated research unit to studying materials from the sea, particularly the characteristics of oyster shells, algae, marine PET (plastic bottles) and polyamide fishing nets. The team is currently researching several avenues of sustainable innovation for future watchmaking projects.

In October 2020, Ulysse Nardin marked the first milestone in its commitment to the marine circular economy with the launch of the new “R-STRAP”. The strap made of fishing nets is compatible with the DIVER, MARINE and FREAK X watches and made from recycled fishing nets, one of the main sources of ocean plastic pollution.

Today, Ulysse Nardin is taking their commitment further by introducing the DIVER NET, a concept watch in which each trim element has been designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible. A totally innovative and “upcycled” watch for which the search for suppliers was key.

Ulysse Nardin Diver Net Concept watch

For the case, middle, back and bezel decoration of the DIVER NET, UlysseNardin has placed its trust in three young Breton designers who have created the first fishing net recycling sector in France. FIL&FAB recovers nets that are no longer in use from harbors and transforms them into polyamide pellets, a raw material that is highly resistant to friction. These partners have an industrial design and transition background, with a real sensitivity to the product.

The research around the DIVER NET has consisted of redesigning its trim elements, leading the watch to feature a wrist strap made from PET plastic from the sea, transformed into reels of thread by the Swiss company TIDE. This supplier is also working to stop the production of virgin plastic at its source and use the huge resources already available.

In its search for low-impact solutions, Ulysse Nardin has also replaced the traditional sapphire glass by a transparent ceramic glass, machined in the Swiss Jura. The transparent ceramic glass is a material used with the goal of having a lower environmental impact by limiting energy when it is manufactured. The innovation department has thus appraised and tested several solutions, which may be extended to other products.

Ulysse Nardin Diver Net Concept watch

The DIVER NET is a concept watch that explores important environmentally-friendly innovations while keeping the brand’s tradition of brilliant watchmaking alive. In fact, the silicon technology of the UN-118 movement can be admired through the back of its 44mm case. This concept diver watch is equipped with a concave inverted unidirectional bezel, also made of recycled fishing nets, with a curved transparent ceramic glass instead of a traditional sapphire glass.

The white, gray and green dial, with its majestic white “UN” lettering, heralds the mechanical marvel that sits within it. On the hour-markers and hands, the acid green Superluminova makes it easier to see the time in the dark. Green touches – symbolizing nature – are omnipresent: on the dial, bezel, crown protector and on the stitching on the recycled PET strap. The dial also features a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock, as well as a date window and a small second hand at 6 o’clock.

Ulysse Nardin Diver Net Concept watch

Technical details

Reference: 1183-170/90-PLAST

Movement
UN-118 movement manufacture
Silicon &Diamonsil technology escapement
Power reserve: 60 hours

Functions
Hour/Minute/Date
Small second hand
Power reserve indicator

Case
44 mm, 100% recycled from fishing nets
Glass: Transparent, domed ceramic
Water resistance: 300 m

Bezel
Bezel decoration 100% recycled from fishing nets
Unidirectional concave and inverted

Dial
Oversized white UN lettering
Indexes with green Superluminova

Strap
Fabric R-PET with scratch closing
100% recycled PET from the sea
Black with green stitching

Ulysse Nardin 42 Mm Dual Time

Ulysse Nardin presents a reworked version of the illustrious Dual Time watch. Specially dedicated to globetrotters, this automatic timepiece incorporates a patented instant time zone adjustment, invented by Ulysse Nardin in 1994.

Ulysse Nardin 42 Mm Dual Time watch new models 2020

Elegant and efficient, the new Dual Time watch has the same case as the Ulysse Nardin Skeleton X with the iconic three-horns signature, and Roman numerals at twelve, three, six and nine o’clock. The date, hour and minutes are complemented by the patented indicator of the Home Time, situated at the nine o’clock marker. The hour hand adjusts forward or backward with the simple touch of the “+” and “-” pushers located opposite the crown and the self-winding movement is visible through the exhibition case back.

Ulysse Nardin 42 Mm Dual Time new watch model 2020 caseback view

The dial also features an oversized small seconds hand register at 6 o’clock and a large date in a double window at two o’clock. The case is crafted in either 18 ct rose gold or in stainless steel, depending on the model. Its case measures 42mm diameter. Water resistant to 50 meters, each piece has a sapphire case back and is individually numbered.

Ulysse Nardin 42 Mm Dual Time watch rose gold model 2020

The movement that drives this timepiece bears 34 jewels and provides a power reserve up to 42 hours. The 2020 Dual Time comes in three versions: steel with a black strap, steel with a blue strap and stunning rose gold.

Ulysse Nardin 42 Mm Dual Time watch new edition 2020 black version

Powered by the UN-24 dual time movement, the functionality of this beauty is easy to master. It features a new oscillating weight with a prominent, encircled UN logo and has a simple pin buckle on the strap.

The suggested retail price is 22’800 EUR for the Dual Time Rose Gold model and 8’300 EUR for Dual Time Black and Dual Time Blue versions.

Ulysse Nardin 42 Mm Dual Time watch new collection 2020 blue version

Technical details

References
Dual Time Rose Gold: 242-20/43
Dual Time Black: 243-20-3/42
Dual Time Blue: 243-20-3/43

Movement
Caliber UN-24, 34 jewels
Power reserve: Approx. 42 hours

Functions
Patented quickset 2nd time display at 9 o’clock
Permanent home time at 9 o’clock
Patented Big Date display
Oversized small seconds-hand counter

Case
Stainless steel or Rose Gold
Diameter: 42 mm
Sapphire crystal glass
Case back: Sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 50 m

Strap
Alligator leather strap with pin buckle
Rubber strap with pin buckle

World prices
Dual Time Rose Gold: 22’800 EUR
Dual Time Black: 8’300 EUR
Dual Time Blue: 8’300 EUR

Ulysse Nardin Sparkling Blast

After the launch of the BLAST collection at the Geneva Watch Days, Ulysse Nardin presents SPARKLING BLAST, an astonishing high jewelry timepiece, featuring an open worked automatic tourbillon and embellished with what appears to be a mosaic of hundreds of shattered shards of mirror. Made from expertly, geometrically cut diamonds, each faceted stone is sculpted by hand.

Ulysse Nardin Sparkling Blast

The delicate mechanical tourbillon movement of the watch is visible through the face, a tour de force of skeletonized handiwork perfected over a century and a half of master craftsmanship at Ulysse Nardin. This new SPARKLING BLAST limited edition, has been created in an exclusive, exceptional and selective edition; three in white gold with a white rubber strap and three in white gold with a deep blue, alligator strap; each model is limited to three watches.

Ulysse Nardin Sparkling Blast

With an Xplosion of 85 distinct and unique cuts of diamonds, this masterpiece is composed of a stunning 211 diamonds for a total weight of 13 carats. The symbolic “X” – trademark of Ulysse Nardin – is also set with sparkling diamonds, embedded directly into the watch face, sealing the seamless look of timeless elegance and luXury. The self-deploying buckle is itself adorned with 1.22 carats of pure brilliance. The crown, bezel and index hands are also set with hand-faceted diamonds. The watch has a water resistance up to 50 meters.

Ulysse Nardin Sparkling Blast

Powered by the UN-172 movement, with a micro-rotor in platinum and a three-day power reserve, this 45 mm skeletonized timepiece is equipped with a 2.5 Hz Silicium flying automatic tourbillon.

Ulysse Nardin Sparkling Blast

The architecture of the watch horns lends itself perfectly to the diamonds set within it. The designers at Ulysse Nardin fashioned the horns after a stealth aircraft, which has a sleek design conceived with stealth technology to avoid detection. These shapes lend themselves expertly to the “broken mirror effect” generated when they are faceted with diamonds.

Ulysse Nardin Sparkling Blast

The gems are positioned in invisible settings to avoid marring the brilliance of their hand-cut majesty and in order to best reflect the ambient light. Each gem is faceted in perfect harmony with the design of the watch. To make their dream vision into reality, the artisans at Ulysse Nardin used this “invisible setting” to show the diamonds in their most favorable light.

Note: All diamonds acquired by Ulysse Nardin comply with the World Diamond Council System of Warranties, which is bound by the rules instated by the Kimberley Process.

Technical details

References
1720-400BLE-3A/01
1720-400BLE-3A/00

Movement
Caliber UN-172
Automatic tourbillon movement with micro-rotor
Skeleton, raised rectangular bridge
Escapement wheel, anchor, and balance spring in silicium
Platinum micro-rotor at 12 o’clock
25 jewels, 18’000 V/H
2.5 Hz tourbillon
Power reserve: 72 hours

Functions
Tourbillon, hours, minutes

Case
White gold polished and sandblasted
Diamonds: 211 diamonds, 13 Cts
Diameter: 45mm
Case back: Sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 50m

Strap
Blue, White rubber strap
Blue, white alligator leather strap available

Retail price
410’000 CHF

 

ULYSSE NARDIN “BLAST”

Unveiled during the Geneva Watch Days event in August 2020, the ULYSSE NARDIN “BLAST” is a rock solid and masculine watch collection that boasts a complex and geometric architecture inspired by the stealth aircrafts.

ULYSSE NARDIN BLAST

The collection draws its inspiration from the planet’s extremes: Fire and ice, magma and glaciers, violent lava eruptions and cascading ice shelves.

ULYSSE NARDIN BLAST

It boasts a tight, edgy blueprint, omnipresent “X-Factor” and stealth design. The BLAST is a fresh, muscular and robust open-worked model. It plays off the transparency of its new powerful automatic silicium tourbillon nested in a bold, X-shaped cage, which beats inside at a frequency of 2.5 Hz.

ULYSSE NARDIN BLAST

Light penetrates the open-worked body of the watch like a laser. The watch incorporates some Ulysse Nardin emblematic codes: like the rectangular frame, the 3-horned signature fixing the strap, the smooth, colored bezel, the verticality of the movement with the barrel at 12 o’clock and the flying tourbillon at 6o’clock.

ULYSSE NARDIN BLAST

This distinctive look has been modeled on the same lines as a stealth aircraft, which features aligned edges and serrated triangular patterns to make them invisible to radar and to deflect radio waves. The Ulysse Nardin designers have restyled and rebuilt the watch horns making them strong and geometric like the sharp wings of a stealth aircraft.

ULYSSE NARDIN BLAST

Smooth yet muscular, the horns are aerodynamic and imposing. Each triangle has a different finish, the surface of the horns alternating between polished, satin-finish and sand-blasted veneer.

ULYSSE NARDIN BLAST

As with FREAK X, SKELETON X and DIVER X, BLAST wears its “X” prominently and with pride. Indeed, the “X” has become an underlying theme progressing transversally throughout all Ulysse Nardin collections and has affirmed its presence in all four BLAST models.

ULYSSE NARDIN BLAST

This watch is powered by the recently fashioned UN-172 movement (an evolution of the UN-171 movement) and has a three-day power reserve.

ULYSSE NARDIN BLAST

The movement also features an automatic tourbillon for the first time within the Ulysse Nardin SKELETON collection and a new tiny yet powerful platinum micro-rotor, which is visible only from the front of the watch at 12 o’clock.

ULYSSE NARDIN BLAST

Every part of this timepiece was cleverly thought, from the triple-toothed round bezel to the double “X” that clamps the movement components together in a “secret-agent style” sandwich, to the self-deploying buckle which releases effortlessly in just one click.

ULYSSE NARDIN BLAST 8

BLAST is available in four distinct models, each with the new manufacture UN-172 movement with an automatic tourbillon and the new self-deploying buckle. Several strap options are possible: structured rubber, leather, velvet and some other specific option.

ULYSSE NARDIN WHITE BLAST, 45 mm

ULYSSE NARDIN BLAST white

Reminiscent of glaciers, this model features a smooth titanium bezel, dark blue inscriptions on the barrel mentioning “Silicium Technology” which beats inside of it.

ULYSSE NARDIN BLAST white caseback

The dark blue “Ulysse Nardin” logo is featured prominently on the rectangular frame and the dark blue color on the sculpted indexes and hands, is completed by Superluminova. Its jewels are transparent just like snowflakes.

ULYSSE NARDIN ROSE GOLD BLAST, 45 mm

ULYSSE NARDIN BLAST rose gold

This model features a black DLC middle case and solid gold horns, black ceramic bezel, a bicolor tourbillon cage rose gold colored and black PVD, sculpted rose gold indexes and hands set with Superluminova. Transparent jewels. Black X. Black Rectangle.

ULYSSE NARDIN BLAST red gold case back

ULYSSE NARDIN BLACK BLAST, 45 mm

The iconic model of this line, BLACK BLAST comes complete with a ceramic upper middle case and bezel; black rectangular bridge, red and black double “X” pattern and a stunning new red balance wheel – the first time that Ulysse Nardin has ever developed a colored balance wheel.

ULYSSE NARDIN BLAST black

The crystal joint is red, so are the jewels and the lacquered inscription “Silicium Technology” on the barrel. Grey Ulysse Nardin logo completes the rectangular frame. The geometric horns are fully polished and sandblasted for a matte-finish.

ULYSSE NARDIN BLAST black case back

ULYSSE NARDIN BLUE BLAST, 45 mm

ULYSSE NARDIN BLAST Blue

Cool blue like the inside of an iceberg, the BLUE BLAST has a titanium middle case, blue titanium bezel, blue brass rectangular bridge, blue tourbillon cage, blue and grey double “X” pattern, metallic grey sculpted hands and indexes with Superluminova.

ULYSSE NARDIN BLAST blue case back

Technical details

Collection: BLAST

References
BLUE BLAST: T-1723-400/03
BLACK BLAST: T-1723-400/BLACK
WHITE BLAST: T-1723-400/00
ROSE GOLD BLAST: T-1725-400/02

Movement
Caliber UN-172
Automatic tourbillon movement with micro-rotor

Functions
Tourbillon, hours, minutes
Skeleton, raised rectangular bridge
Escapement wheel, anchor, and balance spring in silicium
Platinum micro-rotor at 12 o’clock
25 jewels, 18’000 V/H
2.5 Hz tourbillon
Power reserve: approx. 72 hours

Case
Titanium with PVD/DLC Coating
Rose Gold
Ceramic
Diameter: 45 mm
Case back: Sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 50 m

Strap
Structured or plain Rubber strap
Alligator or Calfskin Strap
Velvet or Denim Strap

Suggested retail price
BLUE BLAST: T-1723-400/03 – 44’000 EUR
BLACK BLAST: T-1723-400/BLACK – 46’000 EUR
WHITE BLAST: T-1723-400/00 – 46’000 EUR
ROSE GOLD BLAST: T-1725-400/02 – 54’000 EUR

Ulysse Nardin New Lady Diver

Ulysse Nardin reveals a stunning new line of LADY DIVER watches launched as Alessia Zecchini, champion free diver and world-record apnea holder, becomes the first female to join the “Ulysse” family of adventurers.

In November 2019, the Swiss Manufacture unveiled a sexy, young and sportive series of diving watches exclusively for women, rejuvenating its LADY DIVER collection twelve years after the launch of its first feminine diving watch. With more than a touch of elegance, this series is the new sensuous and bold feminine identity of Ulysse Nardin.

These refined diving watches, strong and tasteful, share many qualities with Alessia Zecchini, a 27-year old Italian-born free-diver and multiple champion record-holder. Born in Rome in 1992, Alessia began free diving when she was just thirteen. At 16 she took her first formal course in apnea diving at the Apnea Blu Mare Society but, according to federal rules, had to wait until she was 18 before officially entering into competition.

Alessia Zecchini
Alessia Zecchini

She is the current world record holder in Constant Weight Apnea (CWA) an astonishing 113 meters (“the deepest woman in the world”) and Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques (CMAS) world record holder in Dynamic Apnea having reached 250 meters.

She has won 16 Gold Medals in the World Championships and holds twenty-five world records in almost all the disciplines of freediving. A “talisman” Ulysse Nardin LADY DIVER on her wrist, Alessia plunges to the depths beneath the waves, Xploring the wonders of the ocean like the modern-day Ulysses she is.

With a silhouette re-sculpted to 39mm, thinner and discreet, the new LADY DIVER has been created in three iconic colors: deep blue, intense black and mother-of-pearl. A special model in light gray – the LADY DIVER “Great White” – will be made in a limited edition of just 300 pieces.

The first three will be stamped with a wind rose on the back while the Great White features a sensual drawing of a female apnea diver on the case back.

As with its masculine counterpart, the LADY DIVER has a domed glass and a concave unidirectional bezel. The diamond hour markers shatter all conventional diving watch design by bringing a unique touch to a traditionally sportive look of a diving watch; their brilliance recalls the sparkling surface of the sea.

For women who want a brighter shine, the new LADY DIVER series comes with the option of a 40-diamond bezel, each one a generous 1,7 mm in diameter (0.92 Carats). The UN-816 silicium technology movement is the beating heart of each one of these models, keeping expert track of the hours, minutes, seconds and date.

LADY DIVER / GREAT WHITE, LIMITED EDITION, STEEL 39MM*
In a limited edition of just 300 pieces, the LADY DIVER Great White is none other than the female counterpart to the men’s Diver Great White. Powered by the UN-816 silicium technology movement. With a case back bearing the stamp of a female apnea diver and a fully integrated rubber bracelet textured to represent ocean waves or mermaid’s scales. Its face is gray and sparkles with 11 diamonds hour-markers.

LADY DIVER / DEEP BLUE, STEEL 39MM*
This steel version with its night blue face is intensified by the touches of rose gold on the second hand, the Ulysse Nardin anchor logo and the date. It canbe worn with a blue sailcloth strap with a pin buckle, an alligator or a rubber band.

LADY DIVER / MOTHER-OF-PEARL, STEEL 39MM*
What more appropriate than a mother-of-pearl face to evoke the depth and beauty of the ocean? The reflections shine on this singular seashell. The choice of white alligator band, its satin finish comes with four singular “point-de-bride” stitches in deep blue to give a shimmering, summery touch.

LADY DIVER / INTENSE BLACK MATTE STEEL &ROSE GOLD, 39MM*
A combination of 5N rose gold (on the bezel, crown and elements of the dial) and of DLC black matte steel (case and the horns). Its black matte face is completed by a textured rubber band. The combination of rose gold and absolute black give this model its sporty/chic appeal. The all-diamond bezel consists of 40 diamonds of 0.92 Carats.

*All models are powered by the UN-816 silicium technology movement and come with a large wind rose engraved on the case back.

Technical details

References
8163-182LE-3/11-GW
8163-182B/10
8163-182B/13
8165-182B-3/BLACK

Movement
Caliber UN-816
Silicium technology caliber
Power reserve: 42 hours

Functions
Automatic movement
Hours, minutes, seconds

Case
Stainless steel
Stainless steel black DLC & Rose Gold 5N
Bezel: Inverted concave unidirectional rotating bezel
Diameter: 39 mm
Water resistance: 300 meters

Case back
Large wind rose engraving
Great White: stamped with female free diver

Strap
Great White: Rubber
Mother of pearl: Alligator & Rubber
Blue: Sailcloth,Karung, Alligator & Rubber
Black & Rose gold: Alligator & Rubber

Price
Great White: 7’900 CHF
Mother of pearl: 10’800 CHF
Blue: 10’800 CHF
Black & Rose gold : 14’900 CHF

Ulysse Nardin Diver X Cape Horn & Nemo Point

In partnership with the world’s most challenging sailing race Vendée Globe, Ulysse Nardin has created the DIVER X CAPE HORN and the DIVER X NEMO POINT – in honor of the sailors who choose to risk everything by taking this daunting, dangerous challenge.

The ultimate test in ocean racing, the Vendée Globe begins and ends in the Sables d’Olonne, in the Vendée region of France. Competed without any support, stops or technical assistance of any kind, skippers face icy cold conditions, mountainous waves, leaden skies and howling gales as they traverse the Atlantic and Southern Oceans to sail solo around the planet’s roughest seas.

Taking place once every four years, the course – often referred to as the “Everest of the Seas” – takes the monohull yachts from the French coast 40,075 kilometers on a north-south trajectory around the circumference of the Earth.

To limit the risk of encounters with icebergs, the Race Direction has established a zone prohibited to sailing, called the Antarctic Exclusion Zone (AEZ) which goes around the Antarctic between the 45° on the Croset Islands side and the 68° S off Cape Horn. The next Vendée Globe race begins on November 8, 2020 and will mark 30 years since the first challenge and Ulysse Nardin will be the official timekeeper.

DIVER X CAPE HORN, 44MM

Cape Horn, one of the land points the Vendée Globe sailors must pass by on their voyage around the world, is one of the most treacherous routes. As they navigate around the southernmost tip of Chile, skippers face icebergs, violent winds and dangerous currents, making this one of the most confrontational chapters in the renowned round-the-world race.

As they circumnavigate the globe, the passage around Cape Horn is one of the most harrowing because, as the point at which the Pacific and Atlantic oceans meet, nature unleashes an array of furies, each more precarious than the next.

The geographical coordinates of Cape Horn as well as the route of the Vendée Globe race are stamped on the back of each watch.

With its saffron burnt orange stitching on the strap to recall the Spice Route or the harrowing trip around Tierra del Fuego, carbon bezel and instantly recognizable “X” on the face, the Ulysse Nardin Diver X CAPE HORN – the official watch of the Vendée Globe – will be issued in a limited edition of 300 pieces only.

Its UN-118 movement guarantees accuracy in any hemisphere at any time of the day or night. The fabric strap is made from cutting-edge technology closing scratch: adjustable yet light, this material pairs magnificently with the ultra-light, carbon face. The satin black “X” is boldly stamped 6-12 in relief across the face.

DIVER X NEMO POINT, 44MM

One of the locations many of the sailors cross is Nemo Point, a position in the South Pacific off of the coast of Chile, named after author Jules Verne’s seafaring captain, which is quite literally in the middle of nowhere. Closer to the International Space Station than to solid land, Point Nemo is Located at 48°52.6′S 123°23.6′W, the location in the ocean that is farthest from land.

It is an oceanographic location which sits within the South Pacific Gyre, the most remote position on planet Earth. Sailing through Nemo Point, many of the sailors participating in the Vendée Globe find themselves in this massive, rotating ocean current, a centripetal force that tests them to the very core.

The geographical coordinates of Nemo Point as well as the route of the Vendée Globe race are stamped on the back of each watch.

With its blue fabric strap with red lining, it is reminiscent of the leash on a surfboard. The closing scratch is made with cutting-edge technology. The blue rubber bezel and instantly recognizable “X” on the face, the Ulysse Nardin DIVER X NEMO POINT will be issued in a limited edition of 300 pieces only.

Its UN-118 movement guarantees accuracy in any hemisphere at any time of the day or night. Theblue “X” is boldly stamped in relief across the face and the route of the Vendée Globe is stamped on the back.

Technical details

References
DIVER X Cape Horn: 1183-170LE/92-CAP
DIVER X Nemo Point: 1183-170LE/93-NEMO

Movement
Caliber UN-118, 13 ¾”’
In-house designed movement
Escapement, Silicium&Diamonsil technology
Power reserve: 60 hours

Functions
Power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock
Small direct seconds and round date window at 6 o’clock
Forward and backward date corrector

Case
Titanium black DLC case with titanium &carbon bezel
Titanium case with blue rubberized bezel
Bezel: Inverted concave unidirectional rotating bezel
Diameter: 44 mm
Water resistance: 300 meters
Case back: Stamped with the route of the Vendée Globe

Strap
Fabric strap with Velcro closing

Price
DIVER X Cape Horn: 9’900 CHF
DIVER X Nemo Point: 8’900 CHF

Ulysse Nardin Diver X Antarctica Limited Edition

This limited edition diving timepiece is inspired by Sebastian Copeland’s photography of the Antarctica, which has been a source of fascination for explorers, scientists and historians for the two centuries since it was first sighted.

The Ulysse Nardin DIVER X ANTARCTICA watch brings the “X-factor” to tackle world’s roughest seas – in honor of the modern-day Ulysses who choose to risk exploring this daunting, dangerous place, literally located at the end of the Earth. Antarctica has no longitude coordinates, only a location of 90° latitude.

Ulysse Nardin Diver X Antarctica Limited Edition

Sebastian Copeland is a photographer who uses his artistic work to communicate messages of urgent global significance. A friend of the Swiss watch manufacture Ulysse Nardin since November 2019 he joined the brand’s armada of modern explorers known as “Team of Ulysses” together with other free-spirited watermen and women: Fred Buyle, Alex Caizergues, Mathieu Crepel, Sebastien Destremau, Ben Thouard and Alessia Zecchini.

Sebastian Copeland
Sebastian Copeland

Sebastian’s images have been seen around the world and his books are a reference for modern explorers as well as for those merely curious about the extreme climate; the cold, dry and windblown, least inhabited continent on Earth. On the centennial 2011-2012 season of the South Pole, with partner Eric McNair-Landry, Sebastian spent more than his fair share of time in the field, witnessing this marvel of time untouched firsthand.

He led the first East/West transcontinental crossing of Antarctica by skis and kites via two of its poles, setting three world records over the 4100 kilometers during an expedition through the polar desert that lasted a grueling 82 days. Sebastian is planning a new expedition to cross the Arctic Ocean in 2021.

The fruit of Sebastian’s labor has been seen on the National Geographic Channel, CNN, in the New York Times and Paris Match, among others. He is a devoted proponent of environmental conservation and his published books are a living testament to his crusade.

A matte white rubber strap recalls the clean and austere lines of the Earth’s Southernmost Continent with ice blue touches on the dial reflecting the icebergs floating in the sea there. The Ulysse Nardin brand element is prominent under the sand-blasted dial.

The bezel – in a white rubber – matches the watch strap. Its UN-118 movement guarantees accuracy in any hemisphere at any time of the day or night. The gray face is marked with a bold and elegant “X”. The crown, horns and case back are all made from titanium.

The stamp on the back of the watch details not only the coordinates of the Antarctic Continent: 90° latitude (with no longitude necessary for the landmass located at the southernmost tip of the Earth) but also the route of the Vendée Globe sailing race, of which Ulysse Nardin has become the official sponsor.

Technical details

Model: Diver X Antarctica
Reference 1183-170LE/90-ANT

Movement
Caliber UN-118, 13 ¾”’
In-house designed movement
Escapement, silicium& Diamonsil technology
Power reserve: 60 hours

Functions
Power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock
Small direct seconds and round date window at 6 o’clock
Forward and backward date corrector

Case
Titanium case with white rubberized bezel
Diameter: 44 mm
Bezel: Inverted concave unidirectional rotating bezel
Water resistance: 300 meters
Case back: Stamped with the route of the Vendée Globe

Strap
Rubber and pin buckle strap

Price
8’900 CHF

Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Phantom Limited Edition with Devialet

Devialet, the French company that’s revolutionizing high definition audio with its luxury oval speakers, and the legendary watchmakers Ulysse Nardin are working together to create a limited edition of 85 striking watches: an enhanced audible experience worn on the wrist.

By combining the strengths of their two Research and Development departments, the two brands have come together to create a unique sound experience in the form of one exceptional watch: the Hourstriker Phantom. The acoustic performance and sound quality make it an unparalleled striking watch in the watchmaking industry.

Devialet offers some of the most advanced “made in France” sound systems in the world, for those music fans in search of the perfect listening experience, thanks to Devialet’s more than 160 patented technologies. Their flagship product, The Phantom, a new generation of high-definition connected speakers, is capable of creating sound up to 108 dB SPL (the Gold Phantom model being the most powerful in the collection). It is the size of a motorcycle helmet and generates unrivaled quality of sound for an intense and revolutionary emotional experience. Phantom now puts its name to Ulysse Nardin’s new striking mechanism.

If Devialet speakers have won over music fans, the Hourstriker Phantom will appeal to those passionate about striking watches. This watch that rings on the hour and half-hour on command, not only allows you to tell the time, but also to hear it.

Before there was electric lighting, striking watches were originally conceived with the aim to ring on the hour in the dark and are the embodiment of a genuine dream. Since the 1980s, under the impetus of Rolf Schnyder, Ulysse Nardin is one of the first watchmakers to bring these timekeepers back to life.

Hand in hand, Devialet engineers, experts in distortion phenomena, collaborated with Ulysse Nardin’s watchmakers specialized in sound to redefine each step in the audio signal chain sent from Ulysse Nardin’s striking mechanisms to deliver the best performance ever recorded on a striking watch, 85 dB to 100mm.

With a classic striking mechanism, a hammer hits a timbre generating sound frequencies, when emitted, tells the time on command. However, in the Hourstriker Phantom, the heel of the timbre is fixed by a system of torsion arms that change the direction of the action forces induced by the timbre’s vibrations. In a classic system, the forces produced are essentially in the watch’s movement, which generates a small amount of air that is then displaced by the various components of the watch.

With the Hourstriker Phantom, the action forces created by the timbre thus find their way outside of the watch itself. These forces are vigorously transferred using a transmission arm to a thin membrane, which is found on the bottom side of the watch. As the membrane has a large surface area, a large amount of air is displaced, which results in a high sound level. One could compare this to a loudspeaker and its cone and membrane.

The bottom side of the watch is perforated with eight openings under its membrane that allows the sound to travel and contains the UN-610 automatic manufacture movement. The result is stunning and all the sonic potential of this timepiece appears to be released, amplified, and enhanced. Its fully polished 43 mm titanium case also amplifies the sound and extends its resonance to 85 decibels, an unrivaled level of sound in the world of watchmaking.

The watch’s face is adorned with a satin-brushed anthracite dial inspired by Chladni’s figures, formed by the materialization of vibratory waves, a nod to the Devialet Phantom’s protective net placed over the tweeter. Hidden under this sculpted lace-like net, tinted glass obscures the watch’s movement for an ultra-contemporary look.

A small, but original feature, the “rose gold” colored hands point towards the Arabic numeral indexes, all tilted outwards, in single file and in a clockwise direction, just like a navy compass. At three o’clock, a small “rose gold” chip disappears and reappears depending on whether you want to activate or deactivate the striking mechanism (ON/OFF button).

At CHF 72,500, the Hourstriker Phantom has become the most affordable striking watch on the market. The piece is enhanced by a black alligator strap and will be sold as a limited edition of 85 pieces, evoking the 85 decibels that it majestically reaches.

Technical details

Model: Hourstriker Phantom
Reference: 6103-132

Movement
UN-610 movement
Automatic movement
Striking mechanism/Rings on the hour and half-hour
Optimized sound up to 85 dB to 100 mm
Power reserve: 42 hours

Case
Polished titanium
Bezel: Polished titanium
Diameter: 43 mm
Water resistance: 30 m

Strap
Black alligator strap fastened with a pin buckle

Price
CHF 72,500

Ulysse Nardin Diver Deep Dive “One More Wave” Limited Edition

Ulysse Nardin has announced its partnership with the highly respected non-profit One More Wave and to mark this historic moment the Swiss luxury watch brand has created a limited edition Diver Deep Dive honoring the organization.

One More Wave’s objective is to help wounded or disabled veterans with surf therapy and to get them back in the water by providing customized surfing equipment and assistance. Their mission to help veterans through ocean therapy resonated strongly with Ulysse Nardin, which has long-standing ties to the sea.

Ulysse Nardin’s deep rooted connection to the U.S. Navy stems from 1905, when Ulysse Nardin won a competition to create the most precise marine chronometer and subsequently became the official supplier to the American Navy.

In addition to a financial contribution, Ulysse Nardin hopes to bring awareness and raise funds for the organization through the launch of the Diver Deep Dive “One More Wave.”The timepiece features a striking yellow and black design, with a black DLC titanium case and 1000m water resistance.

The case-back is engraved with the “One More Wave” logo to signify the partnership. Members of OMW designed the limited edition timepiece as a watch that would stand up to the highly variable pressures experienced while surfing, while also subtly reflecting the founders’ background in amphibious warfare.

One More Wave was founded among the U.S. Navy SEALS community and is a certified non-profit 501(c)(3).They are based in San Diego and has been devoted to helping disabled veterans since 2015. One More Wave owns and operates their workshop making custom surfboards for wounded or disabled veterans that fits their needs and allows them to benefit from the unique therapeutic qualities of surfing.

Technical details

Model: Diver Deep Dive “One More Wave”
Reference: 3203-500LE-3/BLACK-OMW

Movement
Calibre UN-320 Manufacture movement

Functions
Decompression valve at 9 o’clock
Crown at 2 o’clock
Small second and date

Case
Black DLC Titanium satin-finished case
Diameter: 46 mm
Bezel: Unidirectional rotating bezel
Case back: Engraved case-back with “One More Wave” Logo
Water resistance: 1000 m

Dial
Black & Yellow Dial

Strap
Black rubber strap
Extensible Black DLC Titanium Element

Price
$13,500

Edition
Limited Edition, USA Exclusive

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Monaco Yacht Show Limited Edition

This year, the Monaco Yacht Show (September 25–28) once again welcomes lovers of sumptuous yachts, incredible destinations and luxury getaways in Port Hercules. To celebrate its partnership with the most prestigious yacht show in the world, Ulysse Nardin, official sponsor of the show, presents its new arrival in a limited edition of 100 pieces: the Marine Torpilleur Monaco Yacht Show.

Showcasing its expertise, Ulysse Nardin adorns its MARINE TORPILLEUR MONACO YACHT SHOW LIMITED EDITION with a Grand Feu enamel dial. The watchmaker enjoys the mastery of this craft within its own corporate structure thanks to Donzé Cadrans, owned by Ulysse Nardin, which produces enamel dials in keeping with the purest traditions.

The Marine Torpilleur timepieces take their name from torpedo ships, small and very agile old vessels used in the 19th century. Perfectly suited to modern city life, the Marine Torpilleur is at once extremely comfortable on the wrist and pleasing to the eye. A true captain’s chronometer certified by the COSC and Ulysse Nardin, it embodies the best of contemporary watchmaking design and the peak of craftsmanship and expertise going back several generations.

Elegant, elongated blue roman numerals and graceful pear-shaped steel hands indicate the hours. The screwed-down crown is engraved with the Ulysse Nardin logo. At 6 o’clock, on the small seconds subdial, lie the date aperture and the inscriptions “Monaco Yacht Show” and “09.19” in red, a reminder of the annual event held in the principality. The date aperture reveals the numbers 25, 26, 27 and 28in red to highlight the dates of the show. The timepiece rests on a blue alligator strap with white ‘point-de-bride’ stitches—a final nod to the nautical world.

The watch is driven by the UN-118 Manufacture movement. This automatic-winding caliber, featuring a power reserve of 60 hours (indicated by a subdial at 12 o’clock) and equipped with a silicon anchor escapement, is a gem entirely designed by the Maison.

Technical details

Model: Marine Torpilleur Limited Edition
Limited to 100 Watches
Reference: 1183-310LE/E0-MON

Movement
UN-118 Manufacture
Manufacture Movement
Silicon and DIAMonSIL technology
Certification: COSC
Power reserve, small seconds, date
Power reserve: 60 hours

Case
Polished and satin-brushed steel
Diameter: 42 mm
Bezel: Fluted, steel
Case back: Sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 50 m

Dial
White and gray Grand Feu enamel
Power reserve at 12 o’clock
Small seconds at 6 o’clock, “09.19” date of the Monaco Yacht Show in red
Date aperture at 6 o’clock, with the dates of the MYS in red (25 to 28)

Strap
Blue alligator skin, white ‘point-de-bride’ stitches

Price
CHF 9,500

Ulysse Nardin New Executive Tourbillon Free Wheel Limited Editions: Osmium, Aventurine, Straw Marquetry and Carbonium® Gold

Ulysse Nardin adds four new versions of its Executive Tourbillon Free Wheel timepiece. Available in Osmium, Aventurine, Straw marquetry and Carbonium® Gold, these new daring new variations are manufactured in a limited edition of just 18 timepieces for each design.

Osmium

With a dial made from osmium – which is not only the world’s heaviest metal but also the rarest and densest, most stable element – this version of the Free Wheel has a white gold case which frames the diamond-like osmium crystals.

Osmium, atomic number 76 in the Periodic Table of The Elements, is a trace element found in alloys mostly in the platinum group and used by manufacturers when extreme hardness is required.

Aventurine

The deep blue aventurine dial is reminiscent of the starry night sky glittering with reflections of the stars. A form of translucent quartz, the name “aventurine” derives from the Italian a ventura, which can mean “by chance” or simply “let the adventure begin”.

Also used in the Ulysse Nardin men’s Blue Aventurine Genghis Khan 789-80, this mineral’s aventurescence provides a shimmering effect often seen by sailors contemplating the ocean’s surface in the dark of night.

Straw Marquetry

Made using a rarefied, 17th-century technique once practiced by nuns in convents, straw marquetry has been revived with new glory and used by Ulysse Nardin to adorn the face of this Executive Free Wheel model. Lightweight straw means there is no issue of pressure on the dial and barrel cover. The face design uses shiny, black-dyed straw – every stalk cut and prepared by specialized artisans – adding a sleek, masculine veneer to the dial.

Naturally resistant to the effects of time and capable of catching light to create a stunning visual effect, straw marquetry is a master craft in and of itself. Straw is split with painstaking precision, dyed with textile dye then applied onto the dial and the barrel cover. It is a distinctive way to explore precision in a pattern design. Not only does this ancient method bring poetry to a complicated timepiece but it also protects these métiers from extinction.

Carbonium®Gold

Composed of aeronautical-grade carbon fibers, Carbonium® is approximately twice as light as aluminum. The carbon and pre-pregnated resin composite is made with ecologically-sourced components, making a markedly smaller impact on the environment than any conventional carbon composite.

Aesthetically stunning, Carbonium®Gold is a product of the intimate fusion of carbon filaments and gold particles within a thermosetting matrix. The resulting gold-veined effect is bold and elegant.

With a 7-day power reserve, its “free-floating” elements seem to move independently of each other to defy gravity. The Silicium technology, which was pioneered by Ulysse Nardin, allows for minimum friction and for the replacement of more traditional watchmaking components, such as precious stones.

The elements of the Executive Free Wheel literally make time fly. The innovative movement, which took years to research and develop, is presented in a 44mm case. The gear trains and bridges appear to float in the air with the other components, a delicate balance of parts working in harmony. The entire UN-176 movement was developed at the Ulysse Nardin Manufacture in Switzerland.

Technical details

References
Osmium: 1760-176LE/OSM
Aventurine: 1766-176LE/AVE
Straw marquetry: 1766-176LE/STRAW
Carbonium® Gold: 1766-176LE/CARB

Movement
Caliber UN-176 Manufacture Movement with UN Certificate, Silicium technology
Manual winding
Power reserve: Around 7 days

Functions
H/M
Ulysse Nardin Anchor flying tourbillon with constant escapement
Power Reserve indicator at 4 o’clock

Dial
Flying components
Osmium/Aventurine/Straw marquetry/Carbonium® Gold
Diameter: 44mm
Water resistance: 30m
Crystal: Ultra box-domed sapphire glass
Case back: Sapphire crystal

Price
Osmium: 102’000 EUR
Aventurine: 99’000 EUR
Straw marquetry: 99’000 EUR
Carbonium® Gold: 99’000 EUR

Strap
Alligator leather strap, black/blue

Ulysse Nardin Exo-Skeleton X – A Unique Piece Created To Support Only Watch 2019 Charity Auction

This year, Ulysse Nardin has closely interlinked the development of its concept watch with the very cause supported by Only Watch: research into neurodegenerative diseases, such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

REHAssist, an EPFL research group affiliated with the Biorobotics and the Translational Neural Engineering labs has developed the world’s best-adapted exoskeleton for people with degenerative muscular diseases: Autonomyo. This orthotic tool, when worn, imitates the human skeleton and detects the intended movement (flexion, extension and abduction of the legs), allowing the wearer to walk.

Alongside this development, as part of its support for the 2019 Only Watch charity auction, Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin designed the unique piece, EXO-Skeleton X.This “skeleton” watch—which lays bare the entire gear train through a sapphire crystal—is completed by an “exoskeleton” formed from four flexible blades fixed to the case to drastically improve comfort of wear. Watchmaking and biorobotic skeletons have the same aim in mind: to further re-search into muscular dystrophy while offering more autonomy until more therapies are available.

Ulysse Nardin is donating a unique timepiece, the EXO-SKELETON X, to the world-renowned auction, which is being held for the eighth time this year. Ulysse Nardin’s Only Watch piece is one of the timepieces given by some fifty watchmaking brands intended to raise funds for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Neuromuscular diseases are degenerative and unfortunately remain incurable to this day. They are characterized in particular by a major loss of muscular function, which results in the deterioration of everyday activities, notably walking. The early 21st century has been marked by the advent of technologies that have allowed the creation of motorized orthotic systems—more commonly known as exoskeletons. Incredibly, the initial developments of these devices have succeeded in allowing paraplegic people to walk once again, thanks to the equipment.

AUTONOMYO is an exoskeleton that meets multiple challenges. In order to allow total freedom of movement, it features 6 motorized axes at the hips and knees, as well as 6 passive axes at the ankles. The exoskeleton allows the user to make complex movements far beyond a robotic walk. The AUTONOMYO team is also working on the concepts of intention detection and balance augmentation, which allow a symbiosis of the movement assisted by the device as well as an increased level of security. Multiple sensors for movement, force and inertia are processed about 500 times a second with advanced algorithms in order to meet these challenges. The exoskeleton currently weighs 25 kg (55 lb) self-standing, which means that the user does not feel the device’s weight at all. It can also be adjusted for heights from 160 cm (63 in) to 200 cm (79 in).

The EXO-SKELETON X is a direct reference to these futuristic motorized devices in general, and AUTO-NOMYO in particular. By developing this exceptional piece and incorporating a “watchmaking exoskeleton”, the Ulysse Nardin teams wanted to show the sufferers of this disease their full support.

The SKELETON X, launched at SIHH in January 2019, sports a carapace giving it a bionic look and accentuating its ergonomic design. The flexible double blade is attached with two screws, one on the case and the other on the lug, enhancing the flexibility of the piece by allowing some movement between the lug bar and the case. The piece features an easily adjustable, non-integrated strap which accentuates its ergonomic features. This textile strap evokes the supple straps of medical exoskeletons, designed to be an optimal fit for the wrist. Featuring an anthracite gray PVD bezel, splashes of orange Super-LumiNova on the indexes and hands further enhance the appeal of the timepiece. In place of the dial, a white design inside the rectangle represents a molecular structure, a nod to the medical purpose behind Only Watch.

Measuring a relatively small 42 mm, the sharp lines of the EXO-SKELETON X case are unambiguously on-trend. Its shape-within-a-shape geometry – an X formed by four indexes positioned behind a rectangle and within a circle – delights the eye. Inside and clearly visible beats one of the FREAK VISION’s greatest innova-tions, at the heart of this manufacture caliber UN-371: a super-light balance wheel in silicon, extra-wide, with nickel flyweights and stabilizing micro-blades.

Under the patronage of H.R.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Only Watch auction was established by the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy (AMM). This eagerly awaited biennial event will premiere in Monaco as part of the Yacht Show which has been sponsored by the brand for 11 years. The event aims to raise money for research into muscular dystrophy, including Duchenne. Duchenne muscular dystrophy affects around one in 3,000 boys at birth and causes progressive degeneration of all the muscles in the body.

Only Watch brings together unique timepieces from luxury watch brands. Since 2005, some 40 million Swiss francs have been raised for this cause thanks to the watches donated by around fifty brands. The 2019 Collection will be showcased at a host of diverse events across the globe, with the first stop at the Monaco Yacht Show from September 25 to 28. Its journey will then take it to Dubai, Paris, London, New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taipei, finally reaching Four Seasons Hôtel des Bergues in Geneva on November 9, where it will come under the hammer of the auction house Christie’s.

Technical details

Reference: 3713-260/OW

Movement
UN-371 caliber
Skeleton manufacture movement
Wide-diameter 3Hz silicon balance wheel with nickel flyweights
Power reserve: 96 hours

Case/bezel
Titanium/anthracite gray PVD
Diameter: 42 mm
Water resistance: 50 m

Dial
Skeleton

Strap
Anthracite gray textile, orange stitching, anthracite gray PVD titanium pin buckle

Ulysse Nardin Skeleton X Magma

Ulysse Nardin introduces the Skeleton X Magma, an explosive, carbon-fiber tour-de-force that is the latest proof of the Swiss manufacture’s unequalled technical virtuosity.

Made from a seismic combination of ultra-light carbon fiber and red, marbled epoxy resin each Skeleton X Magma is unique. Stripped down to its essential components like a high-end racecar, it is ultra-light, scratch-resistant and streamlined.

This special summer edition watch boasts a dynamic design: the “X” formed by four indexes is centered by a rectangle, anchored by Roman numerals on each side. The combination of red and black is mesmerizing and energizing. A black leather strap with black stitching completes the look.

The Skeleton X Magma has been re-sized for action to a compact 43mm. Masculine, angular and lava red, the manual-winding movement has 4-day power reserve. Each Skeleton X Magma is fitted with the UN-371 movement, a 3 Hz Silicium balance wheel and Silicium minuterie gear train. Red Roman numerals mark the three and nine o’clock positions and the index and hands are equipped with red Superluminova for nocturnal activity.

Technical details

Reference
3713-260/MAGMA

Movement
UN-371
Manufacture skeleton movement
3 Hz Silicium balance wheel extra-wide, with nickel flyweights
Power reserve: Approximately 96 hours
Winding: Manual winding movement

Case
Carbon magma
Diameter: 43 mm
Water resistance: 50 m
Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating

Strap
Black leather strap with black stitching

Price
25’000 USD

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Military, New Models in Black DLC Stainless Steel with Black Dial and Bronze Case with Midnight Blue Dial

This spring, Ulysse Nardin pays tribute to its military heritage by expanding its Marine Torpilleur Military collection with two new models in khaki and bronze – two military-style limited editions of 300 pieces each, which are at once formal and relaxed, urban and adventurous, elegant and liberated.

Dynamic curves and a clear military stature mark the identity of these two new contemporary watch dynamos – two interpretations that embody the timeless elegance of the military timepieces of yesteryear.

Originally featuring either an off-white “eggshell” dial to match a vintage-style light brown leather strap, or a black back-ground with orange Arabic numerals and a black strap with stitching in the same orange of the luminescent indexes, these two new editions are propelled to the forefront of UlysseNardin: a full black version in black DLC with black dial, touches of khaki on the indexes and a khaki “trellis fabric” strap, and a bronze version – an “evolving” material – with midnight blue dial.

The choice of bronze, a metal discovered in 3000 B.C. and widely used throughout naval history around the world for its robustness (propellers, diving suits, etc.), makes perfect sense.

Non-magnetic, bronze is highly resistant to corrosion thanks to the phenomenon of oxidation, which forms a protective oxide surface layer once stabilized. As such, each case naturally wears with use, ensuring a unique relationship between owner and timepiece. The Military Bronze model features a stainless-steel case back to avoid any risk of allergies.

Water resistant up to 50 meters and stamped with the iconic Torpilleur torpedo ship on the case back, both editions are housed in a majestic crown and a 44 mm case.

Equipped with the Manufacture UN-118 movement and a silicon anchor escapement, the model is COSC certified.

The small seconds, located at 6 o’clock, is embellished with the individual number in red. The model, engraved with the initials C.W. (“Chronometer Watch”) proudly displays its reference to military chronometers of the past, whose designs strictly adhered to the codes of the armed forces.

Technical details

References
1183-320LE_BLACK or 1187-320LE 63

Movement
UN-118 caliber
Patented inertial escapement I 10 with silicon hairspring
Power reserve: Approximately 60 hours
Winding: Automatic

Functions
Chronometer certified by the COSC
Small seconds and round date aperture at 6 o’clock
Date corrector towards the front or back

Case
Black DLC stainless steel or Bronze
Bezel Black DLC stainless steel or Bronze
Crown Screw-down safety crown
Diameter: 44 mm
Water resistance: 50 m
Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Case back: Stamped with a torpedo ship; In stainless steel for the bronze version

Dial
Black or Dark blue

Strap
Strap in khaki or dark blue fabric
Clasp: Black DLC stainless steel or Bronze

Prices
1187-320LE/63: 8’900 USD
1183-320LE_BLACK: 7’900 USD

Ulysse Nardin FREAK NEXT

The latest model in the iconic “FREAK” collection, the “FREAK neXt” watch marks a new technical feat for Ulysse Nardin. This prototype watch, a showcase for Ulysse Nardin’s technological expertise and the flexible silicium blade technology in particular, sets the tone for a new generation of FREAK models to come.

Ulysse Nardin has been at the cutting edge of watchmaking since its foundation in 1846. Technological exploration is more than a method, it is a philosophy, a raison d’être, a daily driving force.

With the new FREAK neXt concept watch, the Swiss manufacture proves that the adventurous spirit of the FREAK collection is very much alive and driving Ulysse Nardin’s technical departments more than ever. The new FREAK neXt is the current quintessence of all the technical and watchmaking skills of the Ulysse Nardin Manufacture, unveiling an oscillator of truly spectacular design.

After 10 years of continued research, development and improvements in collaboration with Sigatec – a firm co-owned by Ulysse Nardin that specializes in the production of silicium micro-components – the Manufacture is now in a position to present what appears to be the pinnacle of a paradigm shift in mechanical watchmaking that began in 2015 with the Ulysse Anchor flying escapement: the new neXt flying oscillator.

Toying with the limits of the physics of materials, the new Freak neXt flying oscillator presents an entirely innovative 3D design. Based on flexible mechanisms using the elasticity of silicium blades, a principle that is truly mastered by Ulysse Nardin, this oscillating regulating device does away with the central pivot, its center literally suspended in mid-air.

The central idea of this regulating organ is to totally eliminate the axis of the balance wheel in order to create a virtual pivot point. This is a radical development that hugely improves the traditional principle of balance spring regulation introduced in the 17th century. The neXt flying oscillator, with its 3D multi-layer construction – four layers of blades and a solid layer that serves as a flywheel – is a highly significant technological development for watchmaking research.

This new oscillator eliminates the necessity for pivots and jewels. The new FREAK features a “suspended” beating heart that “levitates” without a balance-cock (balance bridge). The direct result of this system is none other than the total elimination of friction on the bearings, optimizing the global quality factor and therefore the movement’s energy consumption. The only remaining friction is with the air. No more – or very little – friction, no more contact, no more wear, no more oil. Made up of 32 silicium micro-blades measuring 16 micrometers in width, connected to one another without contact with the mainplate – forming 16 triangles superimposed in 4 parallel layers – the oscillator beats to a highly efficient frequency of 12 Hz, for a remarkable 70-hour power reserve.

The frequency has been multiplied by 3 while at the same time increasing the power reserve by 30%. This incredible technical feat is made possible thanks to the elimination of friction, particularly given the fact that the energy consumption depends on the frequency, cubed (if the frequency is doubled, the consumption is multiplied by 8).

But this major innovation comes as no surprise. It is the last stage in a decade of developments for FREAK concept watches at Ulysse Nardin with the 2014 launch of the Ulysse Anchor escapement, followed by the Grinder, also fitted with blades, presented in 2017 on the Freak InnoVision 2 model.

The Ulysse Anchor escapement is based on the principle of flexible mechanisms using the elasticity of leaf springs. This constant escapement, made entirely of silicium, presents a circular frame with a fixed anchor at its center that pivots without friction. It is held in the air by two tiny silicium leaves, perpendicular to one another, which are tensioned in order to bend and maintain them in a bistable state. The result is a positive energy balance during the angle of lift that maintains constant oscillations of the balance without being influenced by the variations of the engine torque.

The self-winding “Grinder” system has revolutionized energy transmission as it is twice as efficient as existing systems. The “Grinder” uses the smallest of wrist movements. The oscillating weight is connected to a frame carrying four clicks or blades, which gives the self-winding system twice the angular stroke (like a bicycle fitted with four pedals instead of two). A flexible guiding mechanism considerably limits friction.

A true architectural gem, the FREAK neXt has a high-tech, ultra-contemporary look. It is in immaculate white with phosphorescent touches, applied by Ulysse Nardin’s designers to highlight their latest invention. The bridge of the baguette movement (the finishing gear train) has a slightly trapezoidal shape inspired by the spaceships from Star Wars, and is framed by four luminescent tubes filled with Superluminova for a phosphorescence effect that is visible only at night.

A small logo in the colors of Ulysse Nardin – positioned on a transparent lens made from glass using a subtractive 3D production process – completes the decoration of the baguette movement. Contrasting with the celestial purity of the dominant white, the 3D multi-layer oscillator is chameleon-like: depending on the angle from which it is viewed, it presents glistening blue, purple or green reflections. The new FREAK neXt comes with a white Superluminova bezel, white Superluminova shafts at the sides, as well as a white automatic winding support on the back of the watch. The rubber strap is also white with white stitching and dark blue “point-de-bride” stitches.

Evoking purity, simplicity and minimalism, the FREAK neXt is dressed in platinum and titanium. This watch, which is not available for sale, demonstrates the brand’s commitment to extending and enriching its collection by taking its watchmaking expertise to the next level.

Technical details

Model: FREAK neXt

References
2505-250/00
2505-250/00.1

Movement
UN-25X caliber
Automatic movement with Grinder, a revolutionary system twice as efficient as existing systems
12 Hz oscillating frequency, silicium flying balance wheel with nickel elements
Oscillator with flexible pivot point, with virtual axis: no axis, no pivots, no bearings. No friction, no need to lubricate the pivots.
High quality factor, increased power reserve
Improved efficiency in vertical position (no difference in amplitude between the horizontal and vertical positions of the watch)
Silicium finishing gear train
Power reserve: 70 hours

Case
Platinum and titanium, with sandblasted and satin or polished finish
Diameter: 45 mm, Height 14.1 mm,
Water resistance: 30 m
Case-back: View of the “Grinder” through the sapphire crystal, white central bridge
Bezel: White rubber-coated bezel with green SLN

Strap
Rubber with central openwork and titanium folding clasp or
White alligator skin with blue “point-de-bride” stitches and Velcro fastening

Price
N/A – concept watch

The FREAK neXt is not the only new model introduced to the FREAK family. Today, the FREAK VISION is dressed in new clothes: black (in titanium) or rose gold – satin-brushed or polished. The first self-winding watch in the collection showcases the revolutionary innovations unveiled by UlysseNardin with its “InnoVision 2” concept watch. The most significant include an ultra-light silicium balance wheel with nickel inertia-blocks and stabilizing micro-blades, and a new case, topped with a box-domed sapphire crystal.

Technical details

Model: FREAK VISION

References
Black titanium: 2503-250/BLACK
Satin-brushed rose gold: 2502-250
Polished rose gold: 2502-250/01

Movement
UN-250 caliber
Hours and minutes indicated by rotation of the movement
“Grinder” automatic winding with pawls and flexible guidance
Ulysse Anchor constant escapement
Large diameter silicium oscillator with nickel inertia-blocks
Self-regulating silicium micro-b