Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker “Horse” Limited Edition

Swiss luxury watch brand Ulysse Nardin presents Hourstriker Horse, a limited edition collection of 28 timepieces in 18ct rose gold or platinum. Honouring the valiant horse, each edition of Hourstriker Horse features hand-carved Jaquemarts on a genuine black onyx dial.

One of the rare masters of high horology to use Jaquemarts, Ulysse Nardin is also one of the earliest watchmakers to fuel the rebirth of the striking mechanism. In this sound-motion coupling, Jaquemarts move in synchronicity with each strike of a gong.
A sonnerie en passant with a rare automatic movement, the Hourstriker Horse plays on hour and half hours on demand or can be set to “gong” the time in passing. Every time the hammer hits the gong, the horse Jaquemarts perform in concert.
Postured between ten and 12 o’clock, and one and three o’clock, the horse Jaquemarts portray two stances. In one, the horse is showing fear, “rearing up” to fight or flee. In the other, it is racing with purpose – either toward or away from something. Interpretation is left to the wearer. Both horse figurines radiate stunning beauty, as seen in their deeply chiseled muscles, pronounced facial features, and long and voluminous mane and tail.
Set within a 42mm round case, the watch is artistic as it is functional. Ample in size, it is also self-winding, has a power reserve of approximately 42 hours and is water resistant to 30 meters. Its face cover is sapphire crystal, ensuring it is anti-reflective, highly durable and scratch resistant. Its case-back, also constructed of sapphire crystal, protects its complex inner workings while allowing for visibility.
Technical details
Limited Edition to 28 pieces

Caliber UN-610
Power-Reserve: Approximately 42 hours
Winding: Self-winding

Striking of hours and half hours
Automatic chime activation system
Animated Jaquemarts

18ct rose gold or platinum
Diameter: 43 mm
Water-resistance: 30 m
Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Case -back: Screwed case-back with sapphire crystal 
Crown: Water-resistant

Black onyx, with two “horses” Jaquemarts in 18ct gold

Leather strap, with folding buckle

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