Thursday, March 14, 2013

Stranger - the Latest Creation from Ulysse Nardin

This just in from Ulysse Nardin -
Courtesy of Ulysse Nardin
An exclusive musical watch on the wrist.

The newly developed “Stranger” combines high tech with an artistic-musical component: “Stranger” emulates a classical music box, but is worn on the wrist and the action of its mechanism can be admired through a sapphire crystal. Development of this masterpiece of the watchmaking art took more than five years. “Stranger” is a fusion of music and time, aesthetics and function; it was inspired by Ulysse Nardin’s Partner, the musician (Yello) and conceptual artist Dieter Meier, who became a shareholder in the enterprise of his friend, Rolf Schnyder, in 1983.

The melody “Strangers in the Night” can be heard hourly or on call by actuating a pusher. Several different functions can be set by means of the integral pusher crown including winding, advancing or retarding the date and correcting the time. To do so, the crown is simply turned forwards or backwards. The on/off pusher which enables the musical mechanism to be activated or deactivated is located at 10 o’clock. This enables the melody to be programmed to play on the hour or not at all. “Stranger” is being made in a limited numbered edition of 99 pieces in rose gold.

World premiere in Zurich.

“Stranger” was introduced to the press and friends of Ulysse Nardin in Zurich on 13 March 2013.

Sandra Studer, the well-known presenter, talked about “Function and aesthetics of the wrist watch” with Dieter Meier, the “Godfather of Techno-Music“ and Dr. Ludwig Oechslin, the mastermind behind the development of new mechanisms for mechanical timekeeping. Star trumpeter Till Brönner provided the musical accompaniment for the presentation, including his own interpretation of “Strangers in the night”.
Courtesy of Ulysse Nardin

Reference 6902-125

Caliber UN-690
64 jewels
Escapement, anchor and balance spring in silicium
Approx. 48 hours power reserve
Hours, minutes, seconds
Selection of functions by integral pusher crown
Melody played on the hour or on request
On/off selector for the melody function
“Melody-on-call” selector

18 carat rose gold
Diameter 45 mm
Water-resistance 30 m
Small seconds and date display at 6 o’clock Roman numerals Music box mechanism on rotating disc with 10 blades
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
with special pusher
Case back
with a medallion
Leather strap with a folding buckle

Limited edition 99 pieces

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