Saturday, March 21, 2015

Ulysse Nardin Marine Perpetual (Gem Set Editions)

Introduced by Ulysse Nardin in 1996, the Perpetual Calendar was a watchmaking breakthrough; it was the first Perpetual Calendar to allow the forwards and backwards calendar setting over a single crown. Furthermore, Ulysse Nardin Perpetual Calendar timepieces never need to be sent back to the manufacturer for all adjustments can be done manually. Now Ulysse Nardin Marine Perpetual takes this revolutionary movement and pairs it with exclusive 3S diamond setting process.
Meaning “soft stone in the sky”, the pioneering exclusive “3S” diamond setting process is where nature’s hardest materials are combined with its softest. Crafted in collaboration with a diamond-setting specialist, the timepiece’s specially-treated, highly-durable steel case reveals genuine diamonds paired with rubber – a true fusion of extremes. This juxtaposition of hard and soft materials exposes a design that blends an active and luxurious aesthetic.
Expanding the collection, various versions are showcased. The colored sapphire editions in blue, in red or in green are made from the hardest classified mineral after diamond. The black adaptation exhibits stones made from ceramic, the hardest material known. Every variation in this line is stunning due to the 3S technique, for the diamonds, manmade jewels and ceramic stones exhibit a brilliance never seen before.
In each piece, their beauty encircles the rim of the dial, enclosing the face as a focal point. In the center, the hour and minute hands, day of the week and the month are positioned. At 6 o’clock, the two-digit year is located, and at 2 o’clock, the big date mechanism is situated. And, of course, forwards and backwards adjustments are made by a simple turn of the crown.
Reinforcing its maritime history, every timepiece in this collection reveals the iconic wave pattern on the face, the edge of the dial and black rubber strap. On the face, its color corresponds with its stone. The items are finished with a ceramic strap element and folding buckle.
This limited-edition of 28 pieces in each color and 99 in black is yet another memorable creation by Ulysse Nardin.
Technical details
References
Ref. 333-92B0-3C/923: Limited Edition to 28 pieces (diamonds)
Ref. 333-92B3-3C/923: Limited Edition to 28 pieces (blue colored sapphire)
Ref. 333-92B6-3C/926: Limited Edition to 28 pieces (red colored sapphire)
Ref. 333-92B8-3C/928: Limited Edition to 28 pieces (green colored sapphire)
Ref. 333-92B2-3C/923: Limited Edition to 99 pieces (black ceramic)

Movement
Caliber UN-33
Power-Reserve: Approx. 48 h
Winding: Self-winding chronometer

Functions
Perpetual Calendar adjustable over single crown
Big date in double window at 2 o’clock
Small seconds at 9 o’clock

Case
Stainless steel with a matte-black rubber coating
Bezel set with: 54 baguettes diamonds, 3.78 carats or black ceramic baguettes or colored sapphires
Crown: Screw down security crown
Diameter: 45,8 mm
Water-resistance: 200 m
Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Case-back: Sapphire crystal

Bracelet
Rubber strap with two ceramic elements and folding clasp

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