Ulysse Nardin Skeleton Tourbillon Manufacture
by Kyle Stults on August 27, 2013
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Ulysse Nardin Skeleton Manufacture platinum dial detail

This year Ulysse Nardin unveils its first timepiece featuring an exclusive skeleton tourbillon caliber, fully developed and manufactured in-house.   The use of silicon components in combination with the skeleton architecture is a nice combination of cutting-edge technology and design.  Said another way, this watch is an aesthetic delight!

Ulysse Nardin Skeleton Tourbillon Manufacture

44mm platinum or red gold case, manual wind Caliber UN-170Manufacture with flying tourbillon (2 barrels/170 hrs power reserve)

Ulysse Nardin Skeleton Manufacture in platinum

Notice the subtle but important differences in the inner-workings of these watches:  on the version with a red gold case, each train wheel is rhodium-plated, while those of the platinum version are finished in glowing straw-colored 18-carat yellow gold.

On both pieces, observe also how the barrel at 12 o’clock mirrors the escapement placed at 6 o’clock; the hand-beveled bridges and their satin-finish “sunray” decoration (which plays nicely with additional polished surfaces); and the gently curved leaf shape hands which are skeletonized at their tips.

Ulysse Nardin Skeleton Manufacture red gold case

The flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock comprises a balance spring, anchor and escapement wheel made from silicon and have that distinctive hue:

Ulysse Nardin Skeleton Manufacture tourbillon with silicium components

Recalling a Ulysse Nardin caliber from 1922, the back bears a screwed-in plate engraved with the serial number, making each timepiece unique.

Ulysse Nardin Skeleton Manufacture platinum caseback

The Skeleton Tourbillon Manufacture is available in two limited editions: 99 pieces in red gold and 99 pieces in platinum.

http://www.ulysse-nardin.ch/en/swiss_watch_manufacturer/Collection/Limited_Editions/Skeleton_Manufacture/1702-129.html