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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Huh...

Every now and then, a new watch release arrives to my in box that makes me scratch my head.  And this is one of them.
Courtesy of Ulysse Nardin
Because when I think of industries that ought to be commemorated and honored, my first thoughts go to one that destroys wildlife, savages the environment, exploits the developing world, and rewards grasping, rapacious white men. 


Shamelessly borrowed from the world-wide infoweb
Give me strength...
In fairness, you might enjoy Quaker State in your coffee, so I will give you the release straight, no chaser, right from the source -



NORTH SEA MINUTE REPEATER

A Striking New Champlevé Minute Repeater: Ulysse Nardin Presents the NORTH SEA
In a powerful homage to the oil industry, the Ulysse Nardin North Sea Minute Repeater marks the latest addition to the unique timepieces in the Classic Collection.

Finely crafted in gold and champlevé enamel, this timepiece is an incredibly realistic depiction of the mighty off-shore drilling rigs that dig deep for the world's precious "black gold". The glimmering champlevé rig, seen from a low angle, rises majestically from the black sea, with its delicately wrought waves in the foreground. A dramatic red sky highlights the stunningly detailed structure, while in the background, another golden rig works industriously away.

Three 18-Karat gold cranes -the Jaquemarts -move and sound when the minute repeater is activated indicating the hours, quarter hours and minutes. Known for its crystalline chimes as well as for its impressive mechanical timekeeping, the minute-repeater complication is highly respected in the horological industry and by connoisseurs as one of the most difficult to achieve.

The champlevé enamel technique is a genuine rarity and this one is a fine example of this ancient art. First introduced in the 12th century, the champlevé enamel technique is mastered by only a handful of craftspeople worldwide. Firstly, it requires the engraver to define the design on gold plate, carefully creating the image in three-dimensions. The enameller then lays down the different-colored enamels. Finally, the effect is brought vividly to life by the engraver who chisels the metal to perfection once the dial has been polished.

Minimal black indexes, and streamlined hour and minute hands allow the final results –
the powerful champlevé rigs -to take center stage on the rose-gold dial.

Indeed, the Ulysse Nardin North Sea Minute Repeater represents the finest in Haute Horlogerie, melding centuries -old artisanship with cutting-edge technology to create this noble tribute to industry.



Reference
736-61/E2-OIL

Limited Edition of 18 pieces

Movement:
Caliber UN-73

Power Reserve:
Approximately 36 hours

Winding:
Manual Winding

Functions:
Minute repeater
Chiming hours, quarters and minutes
Automatic chime activation system
Animated Jaquemarts

Case:
18ct rose gold

Diameter:
42 mm

Water resistance:
30 meters

Dial:
Champlevé enamel with three Jaquemarts in 18-Karat gold

Crystal:
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal

Case back:
Sapphire crystal fixed with screws

Band:
Leather strap, with folding buckle
















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