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April 1, 2014updated Apr 02, 2014

Baselworld Report: Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Tiger

By Chris Boyle

Ulysse Nardin 6106-130 E2-TigerThe Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Tiger has leaped forward with a new aesthetic.

In the vein of the lion, the tiger is considered a symbol of power and energy, and is featured prominently across continents and cultures. In Europe, Asia and the Middle East, it is often associated with the mightiness of kings.

Drawing from the roots of the original Hourstriker, the Hourstriker Tiger features a completely new case design. Forty three millimeters in diameter, it features a genuine black onyx dial accented by 18-karat rose gold. It is reflective of the trend towards classic watch design while remaining modern; its Jaquemarts illustrate this juxtaposition.

Classically royal in feeling, the timepiece’s focal point is its two beautifully handcarved 18-karat gold tiger figurines that move with the sound of a gong. A sonnerie en passant with a rare automatic movement, the Hourstriker Tiger plays on the hour on demand or can be set to “gong” the time in passing. As it gongs, the tiger Jaquemarts move the precise number of times the hammer hits the gong.

Producing mechanisms with a gong is a monumental part of the Ulysse Nardin history. At the end of the 1980s, the gong was combined with the Jaquemart feature, and Ulysse Nardin became one of the earliest manufacturers to fuel the rebirth of the striking mechanism. To this day, Ulysse Nardin remains the only manufacture to use Jaquemarts on the dial. Its minute and hour repeaters cannot be industrialized, making them exceptional examples of high horology.

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