The Le Locle-based watch manufacturer, Ulysse Nardin, has recently unveiled an exclusive skeleton tourbillon caliber incorporating the very latest silicium technology. The impeccable mechanism is housed in a new Skeleton Tourbillon Manufacture Watch that pays homage to the Ulysse Nardin’s prestigious past.
The Swiss luxury watchmaker combined cutting-edge technology with an aesthetic exploration of the themes of transparency and simplicity to create this impressive and unique novelty.
The main goal of the subtle art of skeletonizing is to reveal the inner beauty of the movement by reducing the structure of components to a bare minimum, thus allowing light to penetrate for freely through it. The new timepiece from Ulysse Nardin is an excellent example of this endeavor.
The beating heart of the new Ulysse Nardin’s watch is the in-house manufactured caliber UN-170 which now comes with an escapement wheel and a balance spring in silicium which is, I must say, more attractive than in previous version of the Skeleton Tourbillon Manufacture Watch. Specifications are the same. It is built on 23 jewels, has an oscillating rate of 18,800 alternations per hour and is capable to store enough energy to keep the watch ticking for at least 170 hours.
The movement simply seduces with its refined architecture. The mechanism is perfectly balanced with a barrel at the 12 o’clock position mirroring the escapement placed at the 6 o’clock position. Above the latter is a ratchet wheel engraved with the name of Ulysse Nardin, insignia and the power reserve. The surfaces are encrusted with a striking contrast of bead-blasted and polished finishes, while color variations increase the visual interest of metallic parts. Furthermore, Crimson rubies sparkle among the hand beveled bridges encrusted with a satin-finish sunray pattern.
The leaf-styled hour and minute hands are designed to resemble gently curved leaves. They are both skeletonized at their tips. Dimensions of the case are the same as on the previous model. The diameter is 44mm and the case is protected with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal on both sides. The water resistance is assured down to 30 meters (about 100 feet).
A Swiss luxury watch manufacturer offers two version of the Ulysse Nardin Skeleton Tourbillon Manufacture Edition 2014. The first one with the referent number 1706-129 is housed in a rose gold case, while the version with the reference 1700-129 is housed in a white gold one. Each of them is secured to the wearer’s wrist with an elegant (brown or black) leather strap, fitted with a simple buckle.