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December 19, 2012updated Aug 21, 2013

ULYSSE NARDIN

By Chris Boyle

EXCEPTION AS A RULE. HISTORY IN TIME.

Ulysse Nardin

Leading the world watchmaking community in unrivaled developments, the Swiss manufacturer Ulysse Nardin continues its passionate spirit of invention.

Since its inception in 1848, Ulysse Nardin has received the greatest number of patents in mechanical watchmaking. Awarded for InnoVision, a spectacular watch concept that represented the groundbreaking use of silicium, among ten additional technical feats, this creation gives a nod to Ulysse Nardin’s Freak, one of the cleverest timepieces ever created and the first to use silicon. The Freak showcased Ulysse Nardin’s scientific knowledge and progressive engineering like no other. It was awarded the Innovation Prize, along with the Genghis Khan, GMT + Perpetual and the Sonata. Other landmark achievements by Ulysse Nardin include Ludwig Oechslin’s completion of the Trilogy of Time, featuring the Astrolabium, the Planetarium and the Tellurium. Oechslin returned to the cosmos for inspiration and revealed the Moonstruck, which concentrates on the moon and its effects on earth. Fast forward to 2012 and Ulysse Nardin expands its roster of breakthroughs with the conceived and executed entirely in-house Caliber UN-118 of the Marine Chronometer Manufacture, featuring a DIAMonSil anchor escapement, a revolutionary alliance of diamond and silicon.

Steadfast in its journey to remain in the lead, Ulysse Nardin looks to its own universe to plot its course.

ALEXANDER THE GREAT

Ulysse Nardin’s Alexander the Great: Westminster Carillon Tourbillon Jaquemarts Minute Repeater

Ulysse Nardin was one of the earliest manufacturers to fuel the rebirth of the minute repeater, which is made more unique through the inclusion of animated figures called jaquemarts on the dial.

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Minute repeaters are universally considered some of the most difficult watches to create. The unconquerable hero of Greek history inspires Ulysse Nardin’s Alexander the Great: Westminster Carillon Tourbillon Jaquemarts Minute Repeater. Ref: 786-90.

FREAK COLLECTION

Ulysse Nardin Freak Collection

Acclaimed for its thousands of firsts in watchmaking, Ulysse Nardin takes the lead in ingenuity once again with the Freak Diavolo.

Due to the ultra-modern, minimalist and unconventional design of the Freak’s tourbillion carrousel— one that possessed no true dial, crown or hands—and being the first timepiece to successfully present escapement wheels constructed of silicium, the Freak created a new milestone in the watch industry (Freak Diavolo 2080-11: $153,500; Freak 28’800 V/h 026-88: $85,000).

SONATA/EL TORO

Ulysse Nardin GMT Perpetual

The Ulysse Nardin GMT Perpetual and Sonata collections represent the world’s most functional and innovate timepieces, and Ulysse Nardin’s GMT Perpetual remains the only perpetual timepiece allowing the user to adjust all of its calendar displays with one single crown.

The Sonata Streamline, with its in-house developed and manufactured movement, combines a novel alarm setting with a countdown indicator and a patented dual-time system (Sonata Streamline 645-00-4: $39,000; El Toro 329-00: $69,900).

CIRCUS AVENTURINE

Circus Aventurine

A circus scene of six gold hand-carved figures decorates the blue aventurine dial of this exceptional timepiece.

When the minute repeater lever is activated, the monkey begins interfering in the ballgame of the clown; this movement indicates the hour chiming. The trainer with the whip reaches out to the tiger, indicating the quarters. The tiger stretches its paw, indicating the minutes. The bear bows in front of the ballet dancer while the chiming mechanism is activated ($ 425,000).

ROYAL BLUE TOURBILLION

Royal Blue Tourbillion

Blue is the color of royalty and mystery.

The Royal Blue timepiece houses a tourbillon of incomparable elegance, combining aesthetics with the art of mechanical watchmaking. The bridges and main plates are crafted of blue sapphire crystal, making the flying tourbillon itself float in empty space. The movement parts are skeletonized and aligned in a perfect symmetry withholding their secrets. An invisible winding system adds to the mystery ($320,000).

MOONSTRUCK

Moonstruck

The concept of this revolutionary astronomical timepiece is focused on the system of sun, earth and moon, concentrating on the scientifically accurate depiction of the moon phase, and the global influence of lunar and solar gravitation, resulting in the ebb and flow of the tides.

With its quick-setting time zone, its escapement and its hairspring in silicium, Moonstruck is available in a limited edition of 500 pieces ($97,500).

MARINE CHRONOMETER

Moonstruck

The self-winding in-house conceived and executed Caliber UN-118 is powering the Marine Chronometer Manufacture with its 60-hour powerreserve indicator, oversized small second register and a date display at six o’clock. It boasts Ulysse Nardin’s quick setting, allowing forward and backward date adjustments ($36,800).

BLACK SURF LIMITED EDITION

Black Surf Limited Edition

Available exclusively in 18K rose gold, the attractive wave-patterned black dial supports applied luminous indexes.

The case is fitted with a unidirectional rotating bezel with a diving scale. The wave-patterned rubber bezel has been crafted utilizing a distinctive rubber coating. The officially certified self-winding movement (C.O.S.C.) features a power-reserve indicator and an oversized small seconds register. Each case is individually numbered ($34,500).

CAPRICE

Caprice

Mechanical glamour—fascination, charm, elegance. Never missing a beat, Ulysse Nardin keeps time with femme fatales the world over, meeting the dynamic woman’s desire to possess the finest mechanics of time unified with the masterpieces of fine jewelry.

Temptation runs deep with the captivating Caprice, guaranteed to ignite a spark in the heart of the woman who receives the timepiece as a gift of affection ($44,500 to $61,700).

EXECUTIVE DUALTIME

Executive Dual Time

Individually numbered, the Executive Dual Time is set in a 43mm, 18K rose gold or stainless steel case beautifully outfitted with a black screw crown.

Its sleek bezel and plus and minus pushers at the eight and ten o’clock positions are crafted in ceramic. Its self-winding movement features a unique time zone quick setting and a permanent home time display. It has a boldly sized date in a double window and an oversized second hand ($22,200).

EXECUTIVE LADY

The Executive Lady

While the wearer of this watch is a master at taking charge of the task at hand, she knows there’s always time for pleasure.

The Executive Lady with its patented Dual Time system allows, with only one press of the ceramic pushers along the bezel, the hour hand to instantly adjust to a different time zone. It sparkles with a diamond-set bezel and a mother-of-pearl dial ($10,900 to $20,400).

EXCEPTION AS A RULE. HISTORY IN TIME.

Ulysse Nardin

Leading the world watchmaking community in unrivaled developments, the Swiss manufacturer Ulysse Nardin continues its passionate spirit of invention.

Since its inception in 1848, Ulysse Nardin has received the greatest number of patents in mechanical watchmaking. Awarded for InnoVision, a spectacular watch concept that represented the groundbreaking use of silicium, among ten additional technical feats, this creation gives a nod to Ulysse Nardin’s Freak, one of the cleverest timepieces ever created and the first to use silicon. The Freak showcased Ulysse Nardin’s scientific knowledge and progressive engineering like no other. It was awarded the Innovation Prize, along with the Genghis Khan, GMT + Perpetual and the Sonata. Other landmark achievements by Ulysse Nardin include Ludwig Oechslin’s completion of the Trilogy of Time, featuring the Astrolabium, the Planetarium and the Tellurium. Oechslin returned to the cosmos for inspiration and revealed the Moonstruck, which concentrates on the moon and its effects on earth. Fast forward to 2012 and Ulysse Nardin expands its roster of breakthroughs with the conceived and executed entirely in-house Caliber UN-118 of the Marine Chronometer Manufacture, featuring a DIAMonSil anchor escapement, a revolutionary alliance of diamond and silicon.

Steadfast in its journey to remain in the lead, Ulysse Nardin looks to its own universe to plot its course.

ALEXANDER THE GREAT

Ulysse Nardin’s Alexander the Great: Westminster Carillon Tourbillon Jaquemarts Minute Repeater

Ulysse Nardin was one of the earliest manufacturers to fuel the rebirth of the minute repeater, which is made more unique through the inclusion of animated figures called jaquemarts on the dial.

Minute repeaters are universally considered some of the most difficult watches to create. The unconquerable hero of Greek history inspires Ulysse Nardin’s Alexander the Great: Westminster Carillon Tourbillon Jaquemarts Minute Repeater. Ref: 786-90.

FREAK COLLECTION

Ulysse Nardin Freak Collection

Acclaimed for its thousands of firsts in watchmaking, Ulysse Nardin takes the lead in ingenuity once again with the Freak Diavolo.

Due to the ultra-modern, minimalist and unconventional design of the Freak’s tourbillion carrousel— one that possessed no true dial, crown or hands—and being the first timepiece to successfully present escapement wheels constructed of silicium, the Freak created a new milestone in the watch industry (Freak Diavolo 2080-11: $153,500; Freak 28’800 V/h 026-88: $85,000).

SONATA/EL TORO

Ulysse Nardin GMT Perpetual

The Ulysse Nardin GMT Perpetual and Sonata collections represent the world’s most functional and innovate timepieces, and Ulysse Nardin’s GMT Perpetual remains the only perpetual timepiece allowing the user to adjust all of its calendar displays with one single crown.

The Sonata Streamline, with its in-house developed and manufactured movement, combines a novel alarm setting with a countdown indicator and a patented dual-time system (Sonata Streamline 645-00-4: $39,000; El Toro 329-00: $69,900).

CIRCUS AVENTURINE

Circus Aventurine

A circus scene of six gold hand-carved figures decorates the blue aventurine dial of this exceptional timepiece.

When the minute repeater lever is activated, the monkey begins interfering in the ballgame of the clown; this movement indicates the hour chiming. The trainer with the whip reaches out to the tiger, indicating the quarters. The tiger stretches its paw, indicating the minutes. The bear bows in front of the ballet dancer while the chiming mechanism is activated ($ 425,000).

ROYAL BLUE TOURBILLION

Royal Blue Tourbillion

Blue is the color of royalty and mystery.

The Royal Blue timepiece houses a tourbillon of incomparable elegance, combining aesthetics with the art of mechanical watchmaking. The bridges and main plates are crafted of blue sapphire crystal, making the flying tourbillon itself float in empty space. The movement parts are skeletonized and aligned in a perfect symmetry withholding their secrets. An invisible winding system adds to the mystery ($320,000).

MOONSTRUCK

Moonstruck

The concept of this revolutionary astronomical timepiece is focused on the system of sun, earth and moon, concentrating on the scientifically accurate depiction of the moon phase, and the global influence of lunar and solar gravitation, resulting in the ebb and flow of the tides.

With its quick-setting time zone, its escapement and its hairspring in silicium, Moonstruck is available in a limited edition of 500 pieces ($97,500).

MARINE CHRONOMETER

Moonstruck

The self-winding in-house conceived and executed Caliber UN-118 is powering the Marine Chronometer Manufacture with its 60-hour powerreserve indicator, oversized small second register and a date display at six o’clock. It boasts Ulysse Nardin’s quick setting, allowing forward and backward date adjustments ($36,800).

BLACK SURF LIMITED EDITION

Black Surf Limited Edition

Available exclusively in 18K rose gold, the attractive wave-patterned black dial supports applied luminous indexes.

The case is fitted with a unidirectional rotating bezel with a diving scale. The wave-patterned rubber bezel has been crafted utilizing a distinctive rubber coating. The officially certified self-winding movement (C.O.S.C.) features a power-reserve indicator and an oversized small seconds register. Each case is individually numbered ($34,500).

CAPRICE

Caprice

Mechanical glamour—fascination, charm, elegance. Never missing a beat, Ulysse Nardin keeps time with femme fatales the world over, meeting the dynamic woman’s desire to possess the finest mechanics of time unified with the masterpieces of fine jewelry.

Temptation runs deep with the captivating Caprice, guaranteed to ignite a spark in the heart of the woman who receives the timepiece as a gift of affection ($44,500 to $61,700).

EXECUTIVE DUALTIME

Executive Dual Time

Individually numbered, the Executive Dual Time is set in a 43mm, 18K rose gold or stainless steel case beautifully outfitted with a black screw crown.

Its sleek bezel and plus and minus pushers at the eight and ten o’clock positions are crafted in ceramic. Its self-winding movement features a unique time zone quick setting and a permanent home time display. It has a boldly sized date in a double window and an oversized second hand ($22,200).

EXECUTIVE LADY

The Executive Lady

While the wearer of this watch is a master at taking charge of the task at hand, she knows there’s always time for pleasure.

The Executive Lady with its patented Dual Time system allows, with only one press of the ceramic pushers along the bezel, the hour hand to instantly adjust to a different time zone. It sparkles with a diamond-set bezel and a mother-of-pearl dial ($10,900 to $20,400).

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