The latest member of the Ulysse Nardin family of watches definitely pushes the boundaries. The edgy and provocative Hourstriker Erotica Jarretière watch reinterprets an erotic scene on the dial, one of the ancient motifs of the watch industry, through the Hourstriker movement and Jaquemarts. The Swiss manufacturer is known for timepieces which depict sexy scenes with several references in their collection with that theme.
Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Erotica Jarretiere is available in two strictly limited editions of 28 pieces either in 18-karat red gold or platinum, each displaying the same suggestive erotic scene.
The black-onyx dial shows a voyeuristic view of an interior balcony in Venice depicting handcrafted miniature of two lovers enjoying each other. These animated figures of the nude man and woman are crafted from 18-karat gold and they take the form of a couple reclined in carnal comfort upon a chaise, whilst a pair of high-heel shoes and a jarretière, or garter, lie seductively in the foreground. They move in rhythm with the Hourstriker. Behind the chaise is an exterior view of the iconic Rialto Bridge which spans over the Grand Canal to complete the romantic scene.
The self-winding caliber UN 611 comprises a mechanism that automatically strikes the hours and half hours while the engraved characters on the dial move. This mechanism can also be activated on request while pressing the pusher at the 4 o’ clock position or fully deactivated by simply pressing the pusher at the 2 o’clock position. The movement is capable to store enough power to keep the watch ticking for at least 42 hours when fully charged.
The watch is housed in an elegant, round case with two-step lugs which measures 42mm in diameter. The case is protected with anti-reflective sapphire-crystals. From the rear, the crystal case back reveals the inner beauty of the mechanism. The water resistance of the watch is assured down to 30 meters (about 100 feet).
The red gold model comes with the referent number 6116-130, while the platinum version comes with the reference 6119-130. Both variants of the Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Erotica Jarretiereare timepiece are delivered on black alligator straps with folding clasps matching the cases.