An independent watchmaker specializing in innovative techniques, Ulysse Nardin unveils The Skeleton Tourbillon Manufacture to celebrate the interplay of light and innovation. Incorporating the very latest silicon technology, it is an exquisite expression of the brand’s pioneering spirit which pays tribute to the brand’s prestigious past. The in-house movement seduces with its refined architecture and perfectly balanced proportions. Surfaces are decorated with an eye-catching contrast of bead-blasted and polished finishes.
Color variations enhance the visual interest of metallic components. The barrel at 12 o’clock mirrors the escapement placed at 6 o’clock. Above the latter is a ratchet wheel engraved with the brand name, insignia and the power reserve.
Crimson rubies sparkle among the hand-beveled bridges embellished with a satin-finish “sunray” decoration. On the version with a red gold case, each train wheel is rhodium – plated, while those of the platinum version are finished in glowing straw –
colored 18-carat yellow gold. The blue of the steel screws echoes the azure tone of the silicon components. The specially designed hands are inspired by a gently curved leaf shape and are skeletonized at their tips.
Its hand-wound mechanical movement has a flying tourbillon that comprises a balance spring, anchor and escapement wheel made from silicium. The power reserve offers an impressive duration of 170 hours. Recalling a Ulysse Nardin caliber from 1922, the back bears a screwed – in plate engraved with the serial number, making each timepiece unique.
The Skeleton Tourbillon Manufacture is available in two limited editions: 200 pieces in rose gold and 200 pieces in white gold.