- Jul 17, 2014
Ulysse Nardin | UFO |
•Apr 6, 2021
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.
April 5, 2021 by Ariel Adams
The new Ulysse Nardin UFO Desk Clock, released in 2021, with expert analysis, specs, photos, and price.
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.
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.
New technological prowess made with rock-star and edgy lines.
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