Ulysse Nardin | UFO

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Ulysse Nardin | UFO |

•Apr 6, 2021

Ulysse Nardin
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Fasten your seat belts because Ulysse Nardin is about to take you on a journey through time to another dimension, where the on-board chronometer is no simple timepiece but a voyage through clock-making’s history and a daring imagining of its future.
This UFO is real. But it is not simply a timekeeper, or an unusual object. It is a work of art. A piece of design; something architectural; a wave made mechanical; a brand-new odyssey into unchartered horological waters.

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April 5, 2021 by Ariel Adams


It has been a few years since Swiss Ulysse Nardin debuted a new high-spectacle desk clock. The last one was meant to look like a yacht (which makes sense coming from a brand known to participate at boat shows), and this new limited-edition desk clock for 2021 has a slightly different twist on celebrating the brand’s rich history with making chronometers for the sea. The new Ulysse Nardin UFO is a remarkable machine with a power reserve of a full year, but it’s also an interesting artistic twist in regard to how it moves.

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Shaped like a buoy of sorts, the UFO looks more like an “unidentified floating object” than an “unidentified flying object.” Accordingly, its teardrop-like shape is designed with a rounded base that is also a weight. Ulysse Nardin imagines that the swaying motion of the UFO can remind the viewer of the motion of ocean waves in the middle of the sea. The aluminum and tungsten bottom of the Ulysse Nardin UFO is heavy enough to create a gentle (yet stable) swaying motion to the entire device if pushed (or even blown upon) gently. This isn’t new, per se, as the art field has had a number of “wobbling” sculptures that create such motion. Or perhaps you have some experience with various types of free-standing weighted boxing bags (good heavens, never punch the UFO) to imagine a similar movement effect.

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New technological prowess made with rock-star and edgy lines.
For Explorers above and beyond the pale


Supercharged with classic Ulysse Nardin savoir-faire, BLAST is an avatar of its time, a potent force of nature.
A technological wonder made with rock-hard, masculine lines.

The X Factor

The X Factor​

BLAST wears it "X" prominently and with pride.The "X" has become an underlying theme progressing transversally throughout all Ulysse Nardin collections and has affirmed its presence in all four BLAST models. Its shape-within-shape-within-shape geometry is a visual delight: an "X", framed in a rectangle, both inside a circle.

The UN-172 Movement​

This atomic bomb of a watch is powered by the recently fashioned UN-172 movement and have a three-day power reserve. With an automatic tourbillon for the first time within the Ulysse Nardin SKELETON collection and a new tiny yet powerful platinum micro-rotor - visible only from the front of the watch at 12 o'clock - BLAST was 18 months in the making, from conception to creation.
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The UN-172 Movement​

This atomic bomb of a watch is powered by the recently fashioned UN-172 movement and have a three-day power reserve. With an automatic tourbillon for the first time within the Ulysse Nardin SKELETON collection and a new tiny yet powerful platinum micro-rotor - visible only from the front of the watch at 12 o'clock - BLAST was 18 months in the making, from conception to creation.

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Aerodynamic Horns​

The Ulysse Nardin designers have restyled and rebuilt the watch horns making them strong and geometric like the sharp wings of a stealth aircraft as it slices through a storm. Each triangle has a different finish, the surface of the horns alternating between polished, satin-finish and sand-blaster veneer

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Self-Deploying buckle​

Thanks to a new patented 3 blade system that opens in a synchronized manner it snaps open like a couple sharing a dynamic and erotic tango dance. Stunningly easy, powerfully secure.

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Feels like something MB+F would do, but super cool. Ulysse Nardin is an interesting brand IMO. They manage to do classic pieces as well as over the top avant garde' pieces. I find the main diver's collection to be a little over priced for the quality of the finishing (not saying it isn't great, just saying it's a lot to spend on something finished similar to other luxury brands a couple thousand less) but yet they quality of most of their other pieces; while still very expensive competes with anything out there and is often favorably priced.

Nothing in their current line up makes me think "I have to have this" (even if I could, which I can't) but yet most of it I find quite impressive.
 

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It's really cool that we can live in this "alternate" universe...the watch Gods continue to bestow such marvels upon us...LOL

I'd be afraid that if I could play in this sandbox...I'd get bored.... :dunno:

I guess that's why they keep making the newest must have piece...it's only 💲💲💲💲...💸💸💸💸
 

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Pretty cool had no idea on the price & checked $39k. I was hoping maybe a few zeros off at $390.00 oh well.
 
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