The latest variation Ulysse Nardin’s Classic Dual Time, this limited edition timepiece sets itself apart with its off white grand feu enamel dial. Grand Feu designates an enameling technique that goes back to the 17th century, and is practiced today only by a handful of craftsmen, including those at Ulysse Nardin specialists Donzé Cadrans (see my in-depth article “Enamel Explained The Art of Cloisonné, Grand Feu, Champlevé, Paillonné, Flinqué & Other Enamel Techniques” for more insights on enamel and other enamel techniques).
There’s a lot more to the appeal of this watch than just its enamel dial, though. Let’s take a closer look.
Ulysse Nardin Classic Dual Time Enamel (Limited Edition)
Limited edition 99 pieces, $12,900
42mm steel case
It is equipped with UN’s patented dual time zone feature which makes it instantly adjustable both forwards and backwards with a mere push of a button (one pusher for each direction – at 8 and 10 o’clock on the case). When pressed, the pushers adjust the hour hand to a different time zone while the home time indicator at 9 o’clock continues its 24-hour cycle.
The double date display is near 2 o’clock on the dial, complementing the oversized roman numerals and black hands along with oversized small seconds at 6 o’clock. The crown does not need to be pulled out to change the functions. Instead rely upon the “T D W” scale – Time or Date or Wind/Wear: push the button on the crown to T when you want to set the time, push the button to D to set the date, and push to W to place the watch in winding / wearing the watch.
Inside is the self-winding UN-324 manufacture movement with its 48-hour power reserve and silicium escapement and balance spring.
The Classic Dual Time Enamel is being produced as a limited edition of 99 timepieces available exclusively at Ulysse Nardin boutiques. Price is $12,900.