Friday, March 17, 2017

Ulysse Nardin – MARINE Grand Deck Tourbillon Gold Edition

Ulysse NardinMARINE Chronometer Grand Deck Tourbillon Rose Gold Limited Edition

Geneva - SIHH 2017

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 For over 170 years Ulysse Nardin has been creating some of the most reliable Marine Chronometers in existence.

When it launched in 2016, the Marine Grand Deck Tourbillon, edited in 18 timepieces of white 18ct gold, received the rapt attention of the entire Haute Horlogerie industry. With its highly original time display that evokes the boom of a ship, it incorporates the cutting-edge technology, innovative mecha-nisms and fine craftsmanship that have made the Ulysse Nardin name.

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For 2017, the Marine Grand Deck Tourbillon emerges from Le Locle, Switzerland in a warm color scheme: a limited edition of 18 pieces crafted in 5N rose gold.

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In a proud nod to its maritime roots, the Marine Grand Deck Tourbillon marries meticulous craftsman-ship with technical avant-garde to explore the elements on the deck of a yacht. The craftsmanship, a Ulysse Nardin fundamental, is clearly displayed by the detail on the dial: finely crafted in pin oak, its unique marquetry is an incredibly lifelike depiction of a ship’s deck. The slightly darker wood of this edition is the color of chocolate, enhancing the rose gold of the case and lugs.

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The technical avant-garde so acclaimed by the international press and watchmaking professionals is evidenced by the patented time mechanism, a revolutionary new take inspired by a yacht’s boom, ropes and winches working together to hoist the sails. Using super-strong yet ultra-fine nanowires for the ropes, the mechanism employs a unique retrograde jumping hour device, driving the minute hand with 2 pulleys and 2 winches in gold. The jumping hour is visible in a double aperture under the mari-time symbols at 12 o’clock, in white for excellent visibility. Quick time correction is enabled with the pusher at 2 o’clock.

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The minutes are displayed in gold on a spinel arc across the center of the dial, with the golden boom drawn across to show exact time. The system, which is regulated by a double-barrel system, incorpo-rates the magnificence and extreme precision of a flying tourbillon, nested in a gold ring at 6 o’clock.

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Employing the UN-630, a 60-second flying tourbillon with manual winding movement, the Marine Grand Deck Tourbillon has a generous 48h power reserve and is water resistant to 100 m. Ulysse Nardin is clearly in its element when venturing on the high seas, as evidenced by this latest creation.

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Technical Specifications

Collection: MARINE Chronometer 

Model: Grand Deck Marine Tourbilon

Reference: 6302-300/GD  18 Rose Gold Limited edition 18 pieces

Calibe: UN-630 Manufacture
Components: 469
Frequency: 21'600 v/h (3 Hz)
Flying Tourbillon with an exclusive boom display
Power-Reserve: Approximately 48 hours

Winding: Manual Winding
  • Jumping hour in a double aperture
  • Minutes on a graduated arc
  • 60 seconds flying tourbillon
  • Forward and backward hour corrector
18 ct Rose Gold
Bezel: Fluted bezel
Crown: Screw-down security crown covered with rubber
  • Hand-crafted wood marquetry
  • Minutes arc of brown spinel in the centre of the dial
  • Golden boom indicates minutes
Diameter: 44 mm
Water-resistance: 100 m
Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Case-back: Sapphire crystal
Exclusive Dark brown Alligator leather strap.
Rose-gold folding buckle.

Limited edition 18 pieces

Ulysse Nardin SA
Marketing Department
Rue du Jardin 3
2400 Le Locle
T :+4132 930 74 00
F :+4132 930 74 21

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CHRISTOPHE CLARET – X-TREM-1 – STING HD Black Tourbillon Edition

CHRISTOPHE CLARETX-TREM-1STING HD Black PVD-treated Titanium Flying Tourbillon Edition

Feel the burn!

Five years after unveiling the X-TREM-1 timepiece, the watchmaker joins forces with StingHD in launching a daring mechanical “memento mori”, issued in an 8-piece limited edition. While technical strength remains a key asset of this timepiece combining an inclined flying tourbillon with a retrograde hours and minutes display system based on magnetic fields, its aesthetic has evolved.

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Endowed with a black PVD-treated titanium case, a skull on the tourbillon carriage, and a stingray leather or personalized strap, the new X-TREM-1 – StingHD asserts anti-conformism as a deliberate lifestyle choice. In an additional spirited touch, breathing on the sapphire crystal reveals a skull motif. This somber and radical watch is fatally attractive!

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Christophe Claret moves to the dark side of the force with this original variation of the X-TREM-1. Unveiled in 2012 and since interpreted through a variety of limited editions, this bestseller associates the creative horological strike power of Christophe Claret with the trendy signature of the American brand StingHD. A trendsetter specializing in the production of accessories and high-end jewelry in leather and other materials, StingHD has been epitomizing luxury and finely tailored workmanship out of New York for more than 50 years.

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 Mingling unbridled aesthetic power with avant-garde mechanics, the X-TREM-1 – StingHD plays the natural-born rebel. A sophisticated, excessive and extreme watch intended for bad boys, for movers and shakers, for rockers with a penchant for mechanical excellence and contemporary trends.

Ultimate technology

The X-TREM-1 has always been an anti-conformist by nature, starting with the innovative technical refinement of its retrograde hours and minutes display. The challenge was bold and some might say a little crazy: How could someone possibly think about introducing a magnetic field – the arch enemy of horological mechanisms – into the heart of a watch? The Christophe Claret team has done just that by creating a system where two small steel spheres – hollowed to make them lighter and encased within two sapphire tubes placed to the right and left of the caseband – are controlled by precision magnetic fields generated by two miniature magnets moved by cables.

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The cables are incredibly flexible, made from hundreds of Dyneema nanofibers all contained within an ultra-high-strength polyethylene gel, capable of withstanding tensile forces of up to a kilo. The entire thread is thinner than a human hair (4 hundredths of a mm in diameter). The resistance of the thread has been tested in the Manufacture Claret on an accelerated-wear simulator corresponding to six years of operation. The spheres have no mechanical connection with the movement, with each one floating inside the two tubes and creating outstanding horological magic. This technology was developed with the School of Business and Engineering Vaud (HEIG-VD) in Yverdon-les-Bains, and a team headed by Professor Besson.

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The entire construction and finishing of this timepiece meets the extreme demands systematically imposed by Christophe Claret. Ultra-light titanium was used for the three-dimensional curvex mainplate and the bridges. The flying tourbillon is fitted with double ceramic bearings to enhance its shock-resistance. It is inclined at a 30-degree angle in order to make it even more clearly visible to the wearer. The hand-wound watch draws its energy from two barrels enabling the use of a sophisticated display without disturbing the rate of the tourbillon, and thus the accuracy of the watch. The first barrel is reserved for the tourbillon, the second for the hours and minutes.

Deadly sophistication

While it has always sought to push the limits of technology, Christophe Claret has systematically sought to explore new aesthetic territory. The most immediately striking aspect of this new model is the entrancing – and almost terrifying – presence of the large inclined tourbillon, majestically placed at 6 o’clock and adorned with a black chrome-plated aluminum skull designed by StingHD. To create this hypnotically fascinating sight by incorporating the ruby-eyed skull within the tourbillon required the creation of a new tourbillon cage – a technical development accentuated by the colossal case of the X-TREM-1 – StingHD.

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Like a high-powered machine perched on the wrist, the imposing titanium rectangle exudes a particularly potent appeal thanks to a remarkable black PVD treatment. The pure sapphire tubes previously framing the case of the X-TREM-1 and housing the steel hours and minutes spheres have been replaced by black PVD-treated stainless steel ring-bound tubes – thereby creating a resolutely technical look echoed by red lacquered numerals.

A rebel to its last breath

The X-TREM-1 – StingHD conveys its rebellious nature through every last detail. Never one to skimp on daring features, Christophe Claret has endowed the sapphire crystal with a special treatment that reveals a toothy skull when breathed upon. Another element that is bound to delight on-trend bad boys is the fact that the X-TREM-1 – StingHD radiates elegance right through to the manner in which it wraps itself around the wrist.

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This model comes with two straps designed by StingHD: one in black stingray leather, and the other which can be personalized by its owner. In addition, the presentation box also includes a matching, handcrafted bracelet adorned with a black diamond encrusted skull with ruby eyes. This is an elegant way of reminding the wearer of this watch that time is ticking and that one must remain firmly attached to life. What if there were only a few hours separating the ephemeral from eternity? The answer will be in the hands of the eight lucky owners of the X-TREM-1 – StingHD.

Technical Specifications


Ref. MTR.FLY11.160-168

CaliberFLY11 - mechanical, hand-wound movement
Dimensions: 26.6 x 46.4 x 11.94 mm
Number of components:    432
Number of jewels:    66
Power reserve: 50+ hours
Dual barrels: one for the movement gear train, one for the time indications
Display-regulation escapement:
The tourbillon movement and the time indication gear trains each
have their own independent energy  supply  to optimize power
distribution and duration
-    Swiss lever
-    Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 vph)
-    Tourbillon rotates once every 60 seconds
-    Flying tourbillon inclined at 30° supported by a double ceramic bearing, with cone-shaped pinion transmission
-    Black chrome-plated aluminum skull with natural red ruby eyes
Mystery hours and minutes displayed with indications provided by hollowed steel spheres moving 23 mm inside two cylindrical sapphire tubes.
The metal spheres are driven by magnetic carriages following a thread.
-    Seconds displayed on the tourbillon cage
-    Movement state-of-wind indication
-    Fast time adjustment is via an integrated pusher on the caseband at 12 o’clock
-    Curvex with sides inclined at a 30° angle
-    Mainplate and bridges in bead-blasted titanium
-    Open-worked ratchet and wheel
Distinctive features:
-    Use of precisely-shaped magnetic fields in a mechanical movement
-    No mechanical connection between the indications and the movement
-    Winding and time-setting via lift-out rotating “bows” on caseback
Rectangular with curvex profile
Dimensions: 40.80 x 56.80 x 15 mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM / 30 m / 100 ft

Ref. MTR.FLY11.160-168

Black PVD-treated grade 5 titanium with red Super-LumiNova lines on the sides and red lacquered numerals
Cylindrical ring-bound tubes in stainless steel, black PVD treatment A skull appears on the sapphire crystal when breathed upon
Stainless steel
Two watch straps supplied, one in black stingray leather strap and the other personalized
One complimentary matching, handcrafted bracelet adorned with a black diamond encrusted skull with ruby eyes

Price in Swiss francs (ex VAT): 278’000

Limited Edition of 8 timepieces

Christophe ClaretAlexandra Beurier
Tel : +41 32 933 80 26
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