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Ulysse Nardin Hannibal Minute Repeater

Ulysse Nardin has launched the Hannibal Minute Repeater at Baselworld 2015. The watch combines Ulysse Nardin’s classic use of jaquemartswith a Westminster carillon, a tourbillon, and a distinctive dial material. Let’s take a look.

For those who are wondering, a jaquemart is an automaton used in conjunction with a hammer to strike the time on a bell or gong.Jaquemarts are not exclusive to watch designs, and have been made at least since the heyday of automata in the 18th century. Ulysse Nardin has made a practice of designing jaquemarts for its minute repeaters.

The Hannibal Minute Repeater employs manufacture caliber UN-78. It runs in 36 jewels; its power reserve is approximately 70 hours. This manually wound tourbillon movement is the brand’s go-to caliber for the Minute Repeater Westminster Carillon Tourbillon Jaquemarts collection. Previous models in the family include the Genghis Khan watch and the Alexander the Great watch.

One particularly unusual feature of the Hannibal watch is the substance of its dial. Above the tourbillon at 6 o’clock one finds a three-quarter dial made of polished granite. The rock is sourced from the Alps, because Hannibal Barca led his troops (and his elephants) through the Alps en route to Italy during the Second Punic War, in 218 BC.

The watch is cased in platinum, a particularly resonant metal for use in minute repeaters. The Westminster carillon makes for a very recognizable tune whenever the minute repeater sounds: it plays a sequence of four-note melodies just like those played by Big Ben at the Palace of Westminster. A four-note sequence plays at 15 past the hour, eight notes at half past, and twelve notes at a quarter to. When sounding out the time, the lowest of the four pitches tolls the hours and the highest tolls the minutes.

The Hannibal Minute Repeater is 44 mm in diameter. It comes on a leather strap with a folding buckle. It has a sapphire crystal caseback, affixed with screws, to showcase the movement. The crown screws down for added protection. It is water resistant to 30 meters. For this limited edition, 30 pieces will be produced. The price is set at 725,000 Swiss francs.

We at WatchTime had the opportunity to see and handle the Hannibal Minute Repeater this week at Baselworld 2015. Below is a glimpse of what this work of horological artistry looks like on the wrist.

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Snoop Dogg Is ‘Cream’ of the Crop on Twitter Top Tracks

Veteran rapper Snoop Dogg enters at No. 1 on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks with “Peaches N Cream,” featuring Charlie Wilson. The Pharrell-produced song arrives in the penthouse thanks to heavy Twitter chatter about the track, which Snoop performed on the season finale of Fox TV’s Empire on March 18. “Peaches N Cream” reunites Snoop with Pharrell who, as one-half of The Neptunes, produced two of his biggest hit singles (and was the featured artist on both): “Drop It Like It’s Hot” (No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2004) and “Beautiful” (No. 6; 2003). Wilson has previously appeared on two of Snoop’s Hot 100 hits: “Beautiful” and “Signs” (the latter was also produced by The Neptunes).

“Low” to High: Punk pop band All Time Low races to a No. 5 debut with “Kids in the Dark,” the latest single from the group’s Future Hearts, due April 7. The track’s music video has nabbed more than 665,000 views to date on YouTube and received an extra boost on Twitter after BBC Radio 1 named the song “Track of the Day” on March 18. “Kids” also sprints to a strong start on Hot Rock Songs, where it enters at No. 24.

Sheeran Matches a Legend: Despite suffering a 7-8 dip, Ed Sheeran‘s “Thinking Out Loud” spends an 18th week in the top 10 on Top Tracks, tying John Legend‘s “All of Me” for the longest such run in the tally’s nine-month history. “Loud” began its top 10 record with a 45-1 jump on the survey dated Oct. 25 and has spent the last 15 weeks in the chart’s upper tier. Wide crossover appeal has helped Sheeran’s longevity, as the track logged eight straight frames at No. 2 on the Hot 100.

Derulo Debuts: Jason Derulo arrives at No. 12 with “Want to Want Me,” the lead single from his upcoming album. “Want” scored 1.3 million streams for the week ending Mar. 15, according to Nielsen Music, aiding the song’s No. 45 debut on the Hot 100. It also came crashing in at No. 22 on the Pop Songs chart, the highest debut for a male artist in over two years: Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie,” featuring Jay Z, was the last highest debut by a man. It arrived at No. 14 on the Pop Songs chart dated Feb. 2, 2013. “Want To Want Me” marks Derulo’s second appearance on Top Tracks: “Wiggle,” featuring Snoop Dogg, climbed to No. 9 in July 2014.

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Police Dispose Of 20,000 Pounds Of Fireworks By Detonating Them All

Recently, 20,000 pounds of fireworks were seized in Glasscock County, Texas, and the local bomb squads helped the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to dispose of them. How? By exploding the whole lot of them over the course of three and a half days and creating a tower of sparkling smoke.

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