Hands On: Ulysse Nardin Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon (with Wood Dial, Ship’s Rigging and More)

 |  July 13th, 2016

Earlier this year at Baselworld 2016, Ulysse Nardin unveiled the revolutionary Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon — a watch that is making its way to stores now.  The incredible scope of ingenuity and pioneering spirit behind this watch is mind-blowing. Reflecting the brand’s rich roots in marine chronometers, the new  Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon limited-edition watch is not only a nautically inspired timepiece with a hand-crafted wood marquetry dial, but also it is the first watch in history to utilize fiber Nano-threads (thinner than a strand of hair and borrowed from the ship-rigging industry) on the dial to resemble a ship’s rigging and to play an integral role in displaying the time. The high-precision watch features a dial that resembles a…

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Omega and Emirates Team New Zealand Sail to the Win in New York Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series

 |  May 9th, 2016

It was an exhilarating weekend in New York as the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series races took place on the Hudson River — marking the first time the races have returned to New York waters in nearly 100 years. Stealing the win: Emirates Team New Zealand with 52 points. The team is sponsored by Omega, which had a strong presence at the event. Other watch brands involved in the America’s Cup World Series are Bremont, Official Timekeeper of the 35th America’s Cup races and sponsor of Oracle Team USA (which took second place this weekend with 50 points. Bremont also took the opportunity to unveil its newest addition to the America’s Cup collection of watches — the  AC I 32 –the…

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Ulysse Nardin Unveils Year of the Monkey Classico Watch with Comic Likeness

 |  January 8th, 2016

Ulysse Nardin takes the playful spirit of the monkey to new heights in its rendition of the Year of  the Monkey Classico watch. In this design, the artisans at Ulysse Nardin depict the monkey in what it refers to as “comic strip” style, alert, lively and impish as it emerges from palm fronds. The monkey and the leaves are created via champleve enamel work, wherein cells are carved with a chisel directly on to the dial and then filled with enamel. In this case, the enamel colors are generated from metallic oxides — producing a gold monkey and shimmering fronts.  The superb dial is created in-house at the brand’s Donze’ Cadrans dial making workshops. Just 88 pieces in 18-karat rose…

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Hands On with the Ulysse Nardin Proprietary Anchor Tourbillon

 |  July 22nd, 2015

While BaselWorld wrapped up four months ago in March, we are finally starting to see some of those great unveilings making their way to stores. Among them:  Ulysse Nardin’s new Anchor escapement tourbillon. Translated in French as whirlwind, the tourbillon escapement is one of the most beautiful complexities, thanks to the continually rotating components. Essentially the tourbillon escapement is a device that compensates for the errors in timekeeping due to the effects of gravity when the wrist is in different positions. It is one of the most impressive feats in haute horology today. The proprietary movement — made in house by the brand after eight years of research and development — offers the Ulysse Constant Anchor Escapement, with tourbillon, eight days of power reserve and extended…

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Acquiring Time: Was it a Mistake for Chai Schnyder to sell Ulysse Nardin to Kering?

 |  July 31st, 2014

The formal announcement came in the morning a couple of days ago: international brand development company, Kering, has acquired the innovative luxury watch brand, Ulysse Nardin. But if you were part of the watch industry and had paid keen attention over the past six months to a year, the writing was on the wall. All of the telltale signs were there that this was going to happen. The last six months have been quiet — suspiciously quiet. Not in terms of product, but in terms of being a bit more closed-mouthed than usual. That’s a tell-tale sign. Something was afoot each time I spoke to brand execs, there was a sort of avoidance happening — another tell-tale sign. As such, I…

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