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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We’re Officially Back: BaselWorld 2014, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

 |  April 7th, 2014

This was a particularly long trip f or me. It always is. Basel is an eight-day marathon test of endurance of strength and memory. This year, however, I also went a week early to Europe to celebrate the 130th anniversary of Bulgari (we’ll bring you more about that here soon).  So, two and a half weeks later, we return to the USA – intent on bringing all the news that’s fit to print (and maybe a little that is not).  Here we indulge in giving you highlights of the sheer dimensions and scope of BaselWorld. For those who already know and have visited BaselWorld, we posted an insider’s view a little earlier thanks to a Guest Editorial from watch veteran,…

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Ulysse Nardin Never Disappoints: Introducing the Imperial Blue and the Manufacture Perpetual Calendar

 |  March 28th, 2014

A leader in watchmaking complexities and a pioneer in developing silicium and other high technologies, Ulysse Nardin is a brand we expect great things from. And this company never disappoints.  This year, it offers a host of important new timepieces, including the Imperial Blue and the Perpetual Calendar watch. Personally, I love the new Imperial Blue – a watch that blends haute horology with high tech in superb fashion. The Imperial Blue, with blue transparent sapphire mainplate, features a flying tourbillon and Grand Sonnerie Westminster Carillon.  The musical timepiece houses the Caliber UN-970, which chimes on four notes for every passing hour and also sounds the hours, quarter hours and minutes on demand. Each of the different sounds accomplished in…

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