A Swiss luxury watch manufacturer, Ulysse Nardin, has presented its very first watch that features an exclusive skeleton tourbillon caliber which is fully developed and manufactured in-house. The Ulysse Nardin Skeleton Tourbillon Manufacture is an impressive watch that expresses the brand’s pioneering spirit and its prestigious past.
The watch incorporates the latest silicon technology. The use of silicon parts together with the skeleton architecture is the perfect combination of cutting-edge technology and an aesthetic exploration of the themes, such as transparency and simplicity.
The purpose of skeletonizing is to reveal the inner beauty of the movement by reducing the structure of components to the minimum. It is a subtle art that combines both watchmaking skill and artistic sensibilities. With this watch, Ulysse Nardin has achieved this goal perfectly!
The new Caliber UN-170 has been specially developed for this model, and it immediately seduces with its refined architecture. The new manual-winding mechanism is built on 23 jewels and it has a beating rate of 18,000 vibrations per hour. The movement is perfectly balanced with a barrel at the 12 o’clock position mirroring the escapement situated at the 6 o’clock position. Above the latter there is a ratchet wheel engraved with the Ulysse Nardin’s name, insignia and the power reserve. The power reserve provides an amazing duration of at least 170 hours.
The flying tourbillon at the 6 o’clock position comprises a balance spring, anchor and escapement wheel made from silicon. The dial also comprises deep red rubies which sparkle among hand-beveled bridges decorated with a satin-finish “sunray” decoration. The blued and gently curved leaf shape hour and minute hands are skeletonized at their tips.
Ulysse Nardin Skeleton Tourbillon Manufacture watch is housed in either red gold or platinum case which measures 44mm. The round case is shielded with antireflective sapphire crystals and it provides water resistance of up to 30 meters (about 100 feet).
On the platinum version (the referent number is 1709-129), the color nuance lends subtle contrast between the hand-beveled bridges and dial circumference, while crimson rubies add an air of distinction. On the red gold model with the referent number 1702-129, rhodium-plated train wheels lend a classically elegant touch to the skeleton tourbillion. On both versions, color variations enhance the visual interest of metallic parts.
The platinum model is attached to a sleek, black alligator leather strap, while the gold version comes with an elegant, brown strap, each ending with a simple buckle. Both models are available in limited editions: 99 pieces in platinum and 99 pieces in red gold.