Ulysse Nardin has always been a brand that nurtured its creative side. In order to give itself extensive freedom to express itself, it also has to be technologically very advanced. The two combined have resulted in some of the most extraordinary timepieces, of which the Blast Free Wheel is one. It takes mechanical watchmaking to new heights by presenting it completely different from what we are used to.
Making a complicated watch is one thing, but giving it a unique, novel appearance is something entirely different. It means that you master the mechanical challenges needed to create such a watch and control them to such an extent that you can determine the look and position of the complications on the dial. Ulysse Nardin is a brand that loves to play with these possibilities, and for them, it has become part of their DNA. An excellent example of this is the Marine Mega Yacht, an ocean-going watch that uniquely displays its rich heritage.
Ulysse Nardin is continuing its path of combining classic watchmaking with disruptive creations at Watches & Wonders 2021. They showcase not only the brands’ expertise and craftsmanship but also their future-minded nature and eye for tantalizing design. They achieve this by pushing the boundaries of not only themselves but watchmaking as a whole, serving existing connoisseurs, as well as a new generation of watch collectors.
In the world of watches does Christophe Claret holds a special status. As a master watchmaker, he developed not only many complicated pieces for other brands such as the Ulysse Nardin San Marco minute repeater, but also innovates with the brand that bears his own name. This innovation is not only mechanically driven but also aesthetically. The Maestro is a perfect example of this, especially in this gem-stone set version. Continue reading Christophe Claret: A Maestro At Work
It sounds like a cute wordplay: starstruck by the moonstruck, and while it of course is, it also has a lot of truth in it. The Ulysse Nardin Executive Moonstruck Worldtimer is one of those watches to leave any watch enthusiast in awe, especially when they are into astronomical complications.
Before we dive into the specifics of this watch, it is crucial to note that the Marine Grand Deck is a very important watch, and that is due to its unnecessary grandeur. The retrograde minute hand by itself makes the watch unnecessary complicated, even more so with the wire construction that Ulysse Nardin devised. We can even have long debates about what the flying tourbillon will add regarding precision to a wrist watch. But when that was the point, we would be better off wearing an Apple Watch, or a Casio G-Shock. The Marine Grand Deck is a testimony of how far we have come in regards to creating horological art, by creating a visual spectacle that showcases functional timekeeping by unconventional means.
Audi’s “progress through technology” motto also applies to the importance of the tourbillon for watch design, because this eye-catching complication greatly enhances a timepiece’s visual appeal. A new trend contributes its fair share, too: many models in 2016 are styled with such a strong emphasis on high tech that their tourbillons fit harmoniously into their overall designs. From WatchTime’s upcoming Special Design Issue 2017, here are 10 of these tourbillon watches.