Ulysse Nardin’s origins as a maker of nautical clocks and marine chronometers are on display in many of the brand’s modern wristwatches, like its Marine collection of divers’ watches. The newest model from the Swiss brand’s Cloisonné collection of limited-edition timepieces, the Classico Limited Edition Santa Maria, continues the theme of sailing with its tribute to the flagship vessel of Christopher Columbus’s historic voyage to the Americas in 1492.
The Santa Maria, the largest of Columbus’s trio of ships that made the trip across the Atlantic Ocean to the New World, is depicted in elegantly rendered cloisonné on the finely enamelled dial. The legendary ship, with its flag waving as if in an ocean wind, stands out from the greenish blue of the ocean waves and the dark blue of the sky. More than 5o hours of intricate work by artisans and more than 26 baking processes were needed to create each dial.
The Classico Limited Edition Santa Maria is powered by Ulysse Nardin’s UN 815 movement, which has been certified by COSC as a chronometer and has a power reserve of 42 hours. There will be only 30 pieces in white gold, for $44,500 and 30 pieces in rose gold, for $40,900. (Click the photos for larger images.)
Movement: Ulysse Nardin UN-815, automatic; COSC-certified chronometer, 42-hour power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, central seconds
Case and strap: 18k white gold or 18k rose gold case; diameter = 42 mm; nonreflective sapphire crystal; exhibition caseback with sapphire crystal fixed with screws; water-resistant to 50 meters; alligator leather strap (blue for white-gold model, brown for rose-gold)
Dial and hands: Enamel cloisonné dial depicting Santa Maria ship
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