Embracing its rich oceanic history as a master creator of timepieces for diving and sailing, Ulysse Nardin reveals for 2013 its latest model in the Black Sea line of watches.
Carrying on the characteristics of the family, the new Black Sea is highly durable with an athletic structure presenting a stainless steel case coated with vulcanized rubber. The vulcanization process enhances the timepiece’s comfort and flexibility, but moreover, its ability to withstand the most extreme conditions.
Other important elements of the watch include: a unidirectional turning bezel that further safeguards divers; a rubberized screw crown for added water resistance to depths of 200 meters; and a rubber strap with two ceramic elements and folding clasp for enhanced sturdiness. A 42-hour power-reserve indicator is situated at 12 o’clock, while the oversized small seconds and large date are displayed at 6 o’clock, always keeping its wearer well informed.
Proven in function and reliability, the self-winding timepiece also shows a serious sense of style. Sporty in nature, its black tone with blue accents provides a refined essence that can easily transform from wet suit to dining attire. It is both a state-of-the-art diving instrument and a representation of great design.
The new Classico Serpent proves to be no different. The serpent, or snake, the sixth creature in the12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac, represents 2013 on the Chinese calendar. Important in Chinese mythology, legend and more, the reptile has come to symbolize incredible beings, including deities. Ulysse Nardin showcases the snake’s unquestionable mystique and sharp beauty in lifelike detail through the lost art of enameling.
Using the champlevé method, cells are carved with a chisel directly on the dial and filled with enamel; a variety of colors are created from different metallic oxides. The piece is then fired until the enamel melts and is polished when the surface cools. The result is a serpent stealthily rising from a bed of leaves that grows from its earthly branch. In a concentrated stance, it readies itself to strike. Its mouth agape, fangs show. Its tail steadies its body. Jewel tones of blue and green pulsate on its skin.
Encased in 18-karat rose gold, the watch boasts a self-winding movement with a COSC-certified chronometer and 42-hour power reserve, among other notable features. Mesmerizing, it attacks, but succumbs, to its wearer.
A limited edition of 88 pieces, the Classico Serpent reveals, yet again, Ulysse Nardin’s leading position in the highly specialized and rare craft of enameling – as well as its place as one of the most independent watch manufactures of our time. With its in-house experts, it is the industry powerhouse in this fine art, exhibiting dramatic creativity and precision through timepieces that inspire and enthrall.