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Ulysse Nardin Time worth Gold.

The latest edition to the Exceptional Collection, the Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Oil Pump is a timepiece that honours industry.

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The latest edition to the Exceptional Collection, the Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Oil Pump is a timepiece that honours industry. A limited edition of 18 pieces in rose gold and 18 pieces in platinum, the Hourstriker Oil Pump is a force all its own.

Time is gold, and in this case, it’s worth it too. The original dial, delicately hand-engraved in gold and enamelled in black, illustrates the extent of an oil field and imitates the harmonic rhythm of its oil pumps at work.

The arms of the oil pumps are Jaquemarts, animated figures that move up and down in sync with the sound of a gong striking the hours every time it is hit by the hammer. Ulysse Nardin, one of the earliest manufacturers to lead the rebirth of the striking mechanism, remains among the rare watchmakers to use Jaquemarts.

As a first step, the highly specialized engraver handcrafts the form of the gold plate, defining the thickness of the cells and shaping the lifelike pictures. Then, the master enameller fulfils the enamelling process using genuine black enamel. In this method, cavities in a thick metal surface are formed, filled with moist powdered enamel and fired until it melts. When the surface cools, it is sanded by hand to remove excess enamel and polished to allow its true brilliance to break through. The plate is then returned to the engraver for their expert finishing touch. At the end of this laborious practice, oil pumps, pipes, buildings and landscapes appear to come to life.

The Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Oil Pump represents high horology at its finest, fusing age-old traditions in watchmaking with state-of-the-art technology to create a timepiece that pays tribute to the world stage of commerce.

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