At Ulysse Nardin, I finally got to see (and hear) the brand’s new musical timepiece, the Stranger, which we covered here on WatchTime.com shortly before Baselworld. The little chimes that play Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night” could be heard across the room. Afterward, I saw some new models, including two new Freak models, the Cruiser (which has what UN calls a “carrousel flying tourbillon”) and the Phantom (formerly called the Diavalo, until some markets had issues with the “devilish” name, according to UN) in a new rose-gold case. One of the most impressive new offerings was the Skeleton Tourbillon Manufacture (front and back, below), containing a brand-new skeletonized tourbillon movement, caliber 170, with bridges shaped to resemble those of vintage Ulysse Nardin pocketwatches. It’s got a seven-day power reserve from two barrels and will retail in the $80,000 range.
Also, as anticipated, Ulysse Nardin followed up last year’s Marine Chronometer Manufacture with its new Marine Chronograph, the first UN watch to be equipped with the Caliber 137 movement that it purchased from Ebel, now known as Ulysse Nardin manufacture Caliber 150. The Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronograph (front and back pictured below) will be priced at approximately $42,000 in gold and approximately $15,000 in steel.
One more day for us weary WatchTime staffers at Baselworld… more news and photos tomorrow.