Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Pride of Baltimore from Ulysse Nardin

Now being married to a Canadian I can tell you that for the most part my wife and I do not experience a lot of "geopolitical" conflict.  Having said that, our one point of disagreement has been in the "result" of the War of 1812.
Courtesy of Ulysse Nardin

But all CAN/AM disputes aside - let's get back on topic!

This is the latest from Ulysse Nardin - the  Pride of Baltimore Classico.

So keep in mind that the US was just starting out and to say that we had a Navy of any description was a bit of a stretch of the imagination, especially when compared to the might of England's fleet - there is a reason why Britannia ruled the waves!  So being a nation of improvisers, the "Improviser in Chief" struck upon a time honored method for strengthening the American fleet.  Essentially, President James Madison declared open season on British ships by authorizing private ship owners to, well how does one say it... not feel too restrained by maritime law.  Now it could be argued that in fact he was well within the "code of the sea" as he did issue Letters of Marquee and Reprisal to private ship owners.  Fair play?  I suppose it all depends upon which side of the "pond" you call home ; )

Okay, so why the Pride of Baltimore?  Over to Ulysse Nardin for the answer -

To be a successful privateer, superior sailing performance of a Baltimore Clipper was mandatory, and it was Captain Thomas Boyle of the Chasseur who became recognized as one of the most famous American privateers. Returning to Baltimore after the capture of the HMS St. Lawrence, Boyle’s most famous seize, the Niles Weekly Register applauded the victory by naming Chasseur, her captain and crew the “Pride of Baltimore.” 

Courtesy of Ulysse Nardin

Ulysse Nardin salutes the Pride of Baltimore with a timepiece that unifies superior mechanical watchmaking with the art of enameling.

Slicing through the sea, the Pride of Baltimore is beautifully depicted in lifelike detail – a result only achievable through superior enameling skill. In the process, opaque, transparent or translucent colors and tones are derived from the proportions in which the elements are mixed in order to get amalgams, the composition of which is often a secret. Remarkably, each segment is divided by a gold wire segment that prevents the liquid powdered enamel to flow into other melting chambers. Over 500mm of fine gold wire is needed to make the cloisons, a practice that requires 50 working hours and 26 processes to complete each cloisonné dial.

The Pride of Baltimore is an exquisite representation of artistic discipline by the hands of masters from enamel-dial specialist, Donzé Cadrans S.A. Ulysse Nardin’s relationship with the famed enamel-dial manufacture dates back to the 1980s when Rolf Schnyder purchased Ulysse Nardin; together, unparalleled enamel-dial timepieces have been produced for more than 25 years. To continue its quest for independence while demonstrating its passion for the art of enameling, Ulysse Nardin acquired Donzé Cadrans in 2012, creating, yet again, another unrivaled in-house capability.

The Pride of Baltimore is available in a limited edition of 30 pieces each in 18-karat white or rose gold, and measuring 40 mm in diameter. The self-winding watch is powered by the UN 815 caliber that has been COSC Chronometer certified and has a power reserve of 42 hours, and is water resistant to 50 meters.

The Chesapeake region represented significant importance in the shaping of the United States, and Ulysse Nardin beautifully conveys its history in the Pride of Baltimore, securing its space in its archive of achievements. 

Available in white or rose gold, and limited to 30 pieces total.  The movement is the UN-815, COSC Certified - with an approximate power reserve of 42 hours.  40 mm in diameter, with a stunning dial of Enamel cloisonné, "the Pride of Baltimore" motif.   

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