The first thing you will notice about this new collection by Ulysse Nardin of men’s and women’s watches is the color…purple. Perhaps an odd color for a watch and perhaps the company is taking risk on marketing this color to both men and women, but it does make this new collection quite unique.
Inspiration for the men’s watch came from another collection by UN called the San Marco line and the now discontinued Ulysse I model. The men’s watch is made from either 18k white or rose gold and comes in a 40mm sized case. The dial has a lustrous polished shine which makes the leaf hands and hour markers really stand out.
In the rose gold version, one can choose between a black or silvered dial and in the white gold version a classic Ulysse Nardin feature is included: the lustrous blue dial made from enamel and created using the painstaking “grand feu” technique.
The women’s version of these new Classic watches is made from 18k white gold and measures 35mm in diameter. Both the bezel and lugs are set with rows of round, sparkling diamonds. This is the perfect setting for stunning kiln-fired dial which is also set with diamonds. The dials depict delicate birds with full plumage. The gorgeous color of the enamel perfectly matches the colored hand-sewn alligator leather strap. The final touch is white gold winding crowns that are accented by a row of blue sapphire cabochons.
Both the men’s watches and women’s watches in this Classic collection feature self-winding mechanical movements. With the women’s model, only the time is shown, while the men’s version offers a sweep seconds function and a rapidly correctable date display. Both versions display fine decorative finishing and 22K gold centrally-mounted winding rotors through sapphire crystal exhibition windows in the caseback. The power reserve of the UN-815 calibre that these luxury watches run on is approximately 42 hours.