Ulysse Nardin’s cheeky timepiece for 2016.
Ulysse Nardin honours its vibrant essence with the “Year of the Monkey” timepiece, the latest addition to its Classico Collection.
The Classico Collection features a set of original enamelled pieces admired and collected by many. For 2016, Ulysse Nardin is introducing the “Year of the Monkey”, a limited edition of 88 pieces in 18-karat rose gold with a self-winding UN-815 movement and a COSC-certified chronometer. Previous editions in the collection include the goat, horse and dragon timepieces.
The monkey is the ninth animal in the Chinese Zodiac and is notorious for its mischievous and playful nature. Always curious, and especially clever, the monkey’s spirit overflows with personality and liveliness. Ulysse Nardin has conveyed exactly that in its latest addition to the Classico Collection, the “Year of the Monkey” timepiece.
The dial is designed in a comic strip-like style to best capture the creature’s dynamic character, with the monkey appearing to leap through a brush of palm leaves. The coloured enamelling brings the artist’s sketch to life, perfectly portraying the animal’s alert expression and the early workings of an impish grin.
A rare art form and one mastered by very few, the champlevé technique used consists of using a chisel to carve cells directly on the dial; the metal surface is then filled with enamels whose colours are generated from different metallic oxides. The piece is then fired until the enamel melts. In this timepiece, a neutral palette has been selected for the enamels.
Ulysse Nardin has been bringing originality and realism to its dials for more than 25 years and is one of the only watchmakers devoted to the centuries-old craft. It is mastered in-house at Donzé Cadrans, a member of the Ulysse Nardin group of companies.
A cheeky timepiece, which will bring about a smile when checking the time.