With a penchant for the avant-garde, Ulysse Nardin is a tricky customer to pin down stylistically. They’re most famous for their marine chronometers, but they also produce simple, lean pieces that embody elegance. They also dabble in the upper echelons of haute-horology with their famous Freak as well as models with painstakingly elaborate hand-painted dials. The modern and ultra-lightweight Executive Skeleton Tourbillon (which has been pre-selected for this year’s GPHG awards in the Tourbillon category) shows off another side of Ulysse Nardin. With its bold 45mm titanium case topped with a ceramic bezel, this featherweight piece won’t weigh your wrist down, despite its size. Through the sapphire crystal, the hands and oversized Roman numerals appear to float on the dial barely obscuring the view of the movement In order to achieve minimum weight the movement, which is the the manual winding Calibre UN-171 Manufacture, has been skeletonised to further reduce any unnecessary heft, while still offering an ample power reserve of 170 hours. The black, rectangular bridge is a nice modern touch that frames the movement. At Baselworld this year, Ulysse Nardin made waves with their Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon. That piece employed some nifty tricks that involved using a series of… Read More
Hailing from Le Locle, Ulysse Nardin are particularly well known for their bold designs such as the ground-breaking ’Freak’.
The world of luxury watch parent companies can, we admit, be a bit of a snoozefest – we all care more about balance wheels than balance sheets. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t important. So, in this spirit of due diligence we report that the Kering Group, a luxury goods company that includes watch brands Girard-Perregaux and Jean-Richard in their portfolio (We spoke to GP and JR CEO Michele Sofisti recently) has acquired yet another luxury watch brand; Ulysse Nardin. Now, Australian’s can be forgiven for not knowing a lot about Ulysse Nardin – as they don’t get much coverage down here. If you haven’t heard of them, think Corum with a dash of Hublot and you’re in the right ballpark. And while the nautical themed brand has been around since 1846, they’re perhaps best known for their iconic and groundbreaking Freak. The Freak was released in 2001 and managed to contain the entire escapement and gear train of the watches mechanical movement in the second “hand” of the watch. The Freak also managed to do away with the need for the crown – instead you adjust the time via the watches bezel. It’s a cool watch. There’s a nice… Read More