Friday, December 18, 2015

Ulysse Nardin Classic “Year of the Monkey” Edition

Swiss luxury watch brand Ulysse Nardin unveils a special edition “Year of the Monkey” from its prestigious announces Classico Collection. Monkey is the ninth animal in the Chinese Zodiac and to celebrate the year of monkey as per traditional Chinese calendar, the watchmaker has created a playful timepiece that captures the essential characters of this mischievous animal.

Designed in a comic strip-like style to best capture the lively creature’s character, the dial is the center of attention as the monkey appears to leap through a brush of palm fronds. Its expression is alert, its body is lithe, and the early workings of an impish grin begin to emerge. It is the champlevé method of enameling that brings the artist’s sketch to life.
A rare art form and one mastered by very few, the champlevé technique consists of cells being carved with a chisel directly on the dial and filled with enamel. Its colors are generated from different metallic oxides, and for this piece, a neutral palette has been selected. The piece is then fired until the enamel melts.
The enamel dial has been manufactured in-house at Donzé Cadrans, a member of the Ulysse Nardin group of companies. The “Year of the Monkey” will be produced a limited edition of 88 pieces in 18-karat rose gold. Inside beats the self-winding UN-815 chronometer movement certified by COSC.

Technical details
Ref. 8152-111-2/SINGE, 18ct rose gold
Limited Edition to 88 pieces

Case
18ct rose gold
Diameter: 40 mm
Crown: Water-resistant
Water-resistance: 50 m
Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Case back: Open case back with sapphire crystal fixed with screws

Movement
UN-815, COSC certified
Power reserve: Approximately 42 hours
Winding: Self-winding movement
Functions: H/M/s

Dial 
Enamel champlevé, «Monkey » motif

Bracelet
Leather with rose gold tang buckle

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