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Ulysse Nardin Classic Sonata Dual-Time Alarm

Jason Pitsch

Ulysse Nardin recently announced an instant push-button dual-time watch with a unique alarm that features a cathedral gong. The Classic Sonata is presented in a 44 mm diameter stainless steel case with a fixed titanium bezel. In the center of the dial is a blue Geneva stripe motif. Prominent “Glaive” sword-shaped skeletonized luminescent hour and minute hands display the local time in conjunction with hand applied dagger-shaped faceted and polished hour indices. There is also a long baton-shaped central seconds hand. Although it is worth noting, that there is not a minute or second scale for the central time display. The crown at 3 o’clock controls the local time (hours, minutes, seconds). And the crown at 9 o’clock controls the date, while the pusher on that crown turns the alarm on and off. At 6 o’clock is the 24-hour format

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Ulysse Nardin FreakLab Boutique Edition

Ulysse Nardin debuts a boutique-only FreakLab timepiece in all black. Crafted in blackened titanium with a carbon fiber bezel, the case diameter is 45 mm, and as the name suggests, there is a unique mechanism inside. The tourbillon, silicum double escapement, silicium hairspring, balance wheel, and the entire gear train are all visible on the dial. The mechanism you see in the center of the dial, with all the aforementioned components, also acts as the minute hand, rotating once around the dial every hour. Further, a short, exaggerated arrow-shaped hour hand is also set in the center. Together they indicate the time. Setting and winding the watch are just as unusual as telling the time. Instead of a crown, the time is set using the bezel. Setting the time (hours and minutes) is done by unlocking the bezel via a

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Ulysse Nardin Only Watch Stranger

For Only Watch 2015, Ulysse Nardin created a unique musical timepiece which performs the song “We are the Champions”, written by Queen’s Freddie Mercury. Housing the caliber UN-690 in a 45 mm blackened titanium case, the Only Watch Stranger incorporates a what the manufacture calls a “Melody-on-call” function selector through which the owner can listen to the melody each hour, or also by request, at the push of a button. An anthracite dial with red “Only Watch” text, features 10 cherry red blades that chime the tune in concert with the music box mechanism’s rotating disc. This and 42 other one-of-a-kind watches will be sold on 7 November 2015 during the Only Watch charity auction in Geneva. run by Phillips Watches.

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Introducing the Ulysse Nardin Blue Ocean

Within the Marine Diver collection, Ulysse Nardin has introduced a new limited edition dive watch collection called the Blue Ocean. The 45.8 mm diameter case is stainless steel, coated with vulcanized rubber. The entire case, crown, and bezel are coated with this special rubber treatment. Matching the color scheme of the case, the dial features a wave pattern in blue. Further, the luminous material on indexes, bezel dot and hands is also blue. Even the movement, which is visible through a sapphire caseback, has been blued. And, finally, the rubber strap, is, you guessed it: blue. Thankfully, the dominantly blue theme is contrasted by the rose gold hour and minute hands, rose gold markings and black applied indexes. In addition to the large hour and minute hands, the date is displayed through a magnified window at 6 o’clock. The small

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Pre-Baselworld 2015: Hannibal Minute Repeater

Carthaginian military commander Hannibal Barca was considered a great tactician and is regarded one of the greatest generals of ancient times. During the Second Punic War, he achieved a victory after crossing the Pyrenees and Alpes with his army, including a secret weapon: elephants. And so, the dial depicts this monumental journey in the Hannibal Minute Repeater. This highly complicated novelty will launch at Baselworld 2015 next month. The “Hannibal” Minute Repeater Westminster Carillon Tourbillon Jaquemarts watch comes in a 44 mm diameter platinum case with a dial that features genuine black granite sourced from the Alps. On top of the granite are figures called Jaquemarts, as well as the mountainous backdrop and surrounding terrain, all hand-carved from 18K white gold. At the bottom of the dial is an openwork tourbillon with satin-brushed bridge and blued screws. The flange features

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Ulysse Nardin Perpetual Calendar Manufacture

Ulysse Nardin has created a Perpetual Calendar Manufacture timepiece exclusively for their brand boutiques worldwide. Presented in a 43 mm platinum case, with a blue dial and caliber UN-32 inside, it is the only perpetual calendar to allow forward and backwards adjustment over one single crown, according to Ulysse Nardin. The automatic “manufacture” movement is COSC certified, has 34 jewels, a 48-hour power reserve, and is visible through a sapphire crystal caseback. The perpetual calendar is adjustable via a single crown. There is also a second-time zone display on the main dial with patented quick setting mechanism. The home time indicated by 3rd hand.

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Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Series "Blaktop"

Last week, Le Locle-based manufacturer Ulysse Nardin announced a the “Blaktop” Marine Chronometer. The newest addition to the Marine Chronometer Series comes in a 45 mm steel case that is coated with a black amorphous carbon layer that is hypoallergenic and highly scotch resistant. It is limited to 99 pieces, and will be available exclusively at mono-brand boutiques. The dial is matt black with a sunburst finish, and with hours marked by anthracite colored, applied Roman numerals. The skeletonized hour and minute hands are black with anthracite luminous material on the end of each. A matching skeletonized hand indicates continuous seconds in the subsidiary dial at 6 o’clock. A small dial at 12 o’clock displays the power reserve, along with a red indicator for when the mainspring is nearly out of energy. The flange has a printed minute track with

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Pre-Baselworld: Ulysse Nardin "Stranger"

Earlier this week, Ulysse Nardin released the Stranger timepiece which emulates a classical music box and plays “Stranger in the Night” every hour, or on call. The timepiece is signed by Ulysse Nardin’s partner and musician, Dieter Meier. It will be produced in a limited of 99 pieces. The Stranger is housed in a 45 mm 18K rose gold case and is powered by caliber UN-690, a self-winding movement with 64 jewels and a power reserve of 48-hours. Ulysse Nardin has incorporate silicon technology for the escapement and anchor of its in-house manufactured UN-690 movement. Functions include hours, minutes and small seconds. “To set the time, the crown function is activated by a pusher instead of pulling the crown out in the traditional way. This masterpiece enables the owner to adjust the time with exceptional ease. The melody ‘Strangers in

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Ulysse Nardin Freak Diavolo Rolf 75

The late Rolf Schnyder turned 75 last year, and to celebrate Ulysse Nardin created the Freak Diavolo Rolf 75. The Freak is Ulysse Nardin's most important halo timepiece collection, and a project that Mr. Schnyder took great pride in ever since the original Freak was introduced in 2001. Here is a quote from the late UN founder, "I fell in love with this grand old brand and our new innovative direction. To celebrate my 75th birthday, I've chosen the Freak because it was an historic breakthrough for Ulysse Nardin and for the watch industry in general, and it is by far our most important piece." In a tribute to the Freak's importance, and to the importance of Mr. Schnyder to the Ulysse Nardin brand, one of these watches remained on Rolf Schnyder's wrist during his cremation.

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CEO of Ulysse Nardin, Rolf W. Schnyder has unexpectedly passed on

"With the passing of Rolf W. Schnyder, the watchmaking industry has lost one of its greatest visionaries, while Ulysse Nardin has lost an important source of innovation for the firm. We are profoundly moved and distraught at this sudden loss. Our full sympathies are with his wife and his three children, to whom we would like to express our sincere condolences," said Susanne Hurni, press officer and head of media relations at Ulysse Nardin. Because a succession plan was already in place, the operational running of the business by the current members of management can be kept going without interruption, and continued in the spirit of Rolf W. Schnyder's vision. Rolf W. Schnyder had acquired the family firm Ulysse Nardin in 1983, and since that time held the role of president and CEO at the helm of the manufacturer with

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