Ulysse Nardin Classico Amerigo Vespucci watch is a special treat for all fans of enameled dials. The newest work of art from the famous Swiss watchmaker is named after a legendary frigate of Italian navy which was launched in 1931. This iconic naval ship owes its name to the famous Italian explorer, navigator and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci.
This novelty is a member of the Ulysse Nardin’s Classico Cloisonné collection and it is issued in limited series comprising only 30 pieces.
The cloisonné dial of the new Ulysse Nardin timepiece is composed of various segments, each separated with golden wires that prevents the liquid powdered enamel to flow into other melting chambers. Each dial required 500mm of fine gold wire to make the partitions on the dial. This is a very time-consuming process which involves 50 working hours by the Ulysse Nardin’s expert and 26 processes to complete each dial. It seems that the final result is worth it because the Classico Amerigo Vespucci is a spectacular display of design and maritime mastery from its 26 sails to the bright white stripes that dress its black hull.
The watch that depicts the famous Italian vessel in glorious detail is housed either in 18-karat white gold or 18-karat rose gold case (their referent numbers are 8150-111-2/AV and 8156-111-2/AV). Its round case measures 40mm in diameter and features a gently bevelled bezel, small and sharply designed lugs and a beautifully polished finish. The watch is protected on both sides with sapphire crystals and it provides water resistance of 30 meters (about 100 feet).
The front side features an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, while on the back there is a transparent sapphire crystal case back fixed with screws which reveals the in-house manufactured movement. The self-winding UN 815 caliber is COSC-certified and it delivers a fairly generous power reserve of around 42 hours. This time-only mechanism features a nice rotor with a wave-like guilloché pattern.
Ulysse Nardin offers two types of wristlets. The white gold Classico Amerigo Vespucci is teamed with a blue leather strap which matches the dial, whilst the rose gold version comes with a brown leather strap which goes well with the case.
The Swiss manufacturer thrives in enameling and it is one of very few watchmaking brands mastering this technique in its own workshops. If you like timepieces with enamel dials, read our reviews of the Pride of Baltimore Classico Cloisonné, San Marco Cloisonne Watch, Classico Serpent Watch, etc.