The Le Locle-based watchmaker unveils a new addition of its Skeleton Tourbillon. This exceptional high jewelry version of the Ulysse Nardin’s famous timepiece boasts mother-of-pearl, pearl, diamond and white gold. In other words, it features all the credentials of an elite ladies’ timepiece.
Ulysse Nardin Skeleton Tourbillon Pearl Watch (ref. 1700-129BC/01) is transparent and fluid in design, and it is easy to get lost in its labyrinth of inner workings and lavish adornments. The exquisite novelty form the house of Ulysse Nardin is housed in an oversized, yet feminine case crafted from 18-karat white gold and measuring 44mm in diameter. The stunning case is coated with anti-reflective sapphire crystals, and incorporates no less than 133 diamonds (weighing 2.345 carats). The case allows 30 meters (approximately 100 feet) of water resistance.
A high jewelry version of the Skeleton Tourbillon is built around the in-house developed and manufactured Skeleton Tourbillon caliber UN-170 Manufacture, characterized by its skeletonized and manually-encrusted bridges. The tourbillon movement ticks at a pace of 18,000 vibrations per hour (2.5 Hz).
The impeccable caliber is decreased to a bare minimum, thus providing the penetration of light through the apparently infinite maze of individual parts so that the whole mechanism seems to be suspended in midair.
The movement’s bridges are decorated with eye-catching mother-of-pearl inlay of which some are enhanced with sparkling diamonds and other are presented only with diamonds. The 23 brilliant rubies on the bridges are used as pivots to reduce friction, thus advancing its fluency in both form and function, particularly improving accuracy of the watch.
The large barrel placed at 12 o’clock position boasts a mother-of-pearl inlay encrusted with a printed shell motif. The tourbillon cage is graced with the same shell pattern which is in this case machined into the cage’s mother of pearl bridge. The heart of the watch – its tourbillon is comprised of a silicium balance spring, anchor and escapement wheel, thus guaranteeing extraordinary precision, durability and lower maintenance. A silicium was first implemented into Ulysse Nardin’s timepieces in 2001 and so far remains one of the brand’s most technologically advanced materials. The tourbillon is visible from the reverse side of the watch.
Besides 133 dazzling diamonds on its case there are another 108 diamonds set on the bridges and the flange (totaling 0.208 carats). The new collector’s watch is attached to a matching white leather strap, fitted with a simple buckle.
Ulysse Nardin Skeleton Tourbillon Pearl is produced in the ultra-limited series of only 8 exemplars.