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Ulysse Nardin claims to have made its most audacious timepiece to date

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Ulysse Nardin is fast developing a reputation as one of the most innovative watchmakers working today from within a major luxury group, in this case Kering.

Its Executive Tourbillon Free Wheel, which launches this month, is another strong example and a fascinating addition to the family.

Ulysse Nardin calls the Free Wheel its “most fantastically futuristic movement” and “audacious timepiece to date”, which is quite a statement from the company that makes Le Freak.

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There will be only 18 made of the watch in four versions.

One has a dial made from osmium, the world’s heaviest metal that looks like pave diamond in a 44mm white gold case.

A blue aventurine dialed version is designed to look like a starry night sky glittering with reflections of the stars.

A third has a dial made from Carbonium Gold, a composite with a registered trademark that combines the strength of carbon with the luster of gold.

The final of the four has a dial made from straw marquetry, a technique UN says was first perfected by 17th century nuns.

Inside is an in house developed UN-176 movement with gear trains and bridges that appear to float.

Prices range from €99,000 for the Aventurine, Straw Marquetry and Carbonium Gold models up to €102,000 for the Osmium piece.

 

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