Here we have yet another Ulysse Nardin Baselworld 2015 novelty that celebrates music. The new musical mechanical watch from Ulysse Nardin pays homage to the Baroque composer, Vivaldi.
Back in 2013, Ulysse Nardin introduced an exceptional timepiece that plays memorable Frank Sinatra’s song Strangers in the Night of 1966. That watch was named the Stranger and it was the world’s first wristwatch containing a music box function. For this year, the Swiss watch manufacturer prepares the next edition of the Stranger that audibly chimes the hours and minutes by playing Violin Concerto No. 1 in E from the Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi. The Four Seasons dates back in around 1720. This melodious springtime tune composed by Vivaldi is the most famous piece of his body of work and perhaps the best-known piece from the entire baroque period.
The new Stranger is issued in the limited quantity of 99 examples, just like the very first Stranger from 2013. The new Ulysse Nardin timekeeper is housed in 18-karat rose gold case which measures 45mm in diameter. The case is domed with anti-reflective sapphire crystals and constructed to resist water pressure up to 30 meters (about 100 feet).
The watch is not only easy to operate, but it will also allow its future owner to enjoy listening to this cheerful and soothing Vivaldi melody either on the hour or on request. The musical mechanism can be activated easy by pressing the on/off pusher which is located at the 10 o’clock position, while a pusher placed at the 8 o’clock plays a soothing melody on demand.
The Ulysse Nardin Stranger Vivaldi is based on the UN caliber 690 whose escapement, anchor and balance spring are all crafted from silicium which is a lightweight and highly resistant material to environmental stresses, such as temperature oscillations or magnetism. Furthermore, these silicium parts require no lubrication and they may dramatically improve the precision and durability of the wristwatch.
The self-winding mechanism is built on 64 jewels and it can store enough energy to keep the watch ticking for approximately two days (48 hours).
The dial of the new Stranger timepiece shows a circular podium which is encrusted with a repetitive circle pattern. The dial also comprises oversized Roman numerals and a small seconds and date display which is situated at the 6 o’clock position.
The top part of the dial features the musical ‘wheel’ which is beautifully revealed beneath the sapphire crystal. The mechanism has a large, overarching triangular bridge which holds it in place. The musical wheel is flanked with 10 blades (5 blades on both sides) that are struck to produce the ringing tones of the melody.
The reverse side of the watch reveals an original solid medallion, which further proves the authenticity of each timepiece.
Ulysse Nardin Stranger – Vivaldi (ref. 6902-125/VIV) is teamed with a black leather strap, fitted with a folding buckle.