Form meets func­tion


Virtuozity - - Watch -

Ulysse Nardin has in­tro­duced the Clas­sic Sonata, which the brand says com­bines classical beauty with func­tional com­pli­ca­tions.

Me­chan­i­cal com­pli­ca­tions that have been pared down to their most es­sen­tial form are cel­e­brated by the classical lines of this cov­etable piece in ti­ta­nium and steel. The alarm func­tion, with its pleas­ant chime, and the dual time sys­tem with in­stant time zone ad­jus­tor, are both ex­clu­sive to Ulysse Nardin. And both de­liver pre­ci­sion per­for­mance in a grace­ful bou­tique edi­tion that has been limited to 99 pieces.

The Clas­sic Sonata is pow­ered by the cal­i­bre UN-67, a patented self­wind­ing man­u­fac­ture cal­iber, with its sili­cium hair­spring and patented in­er­tial os­cil­la­tor. The move­ment en­ables the com­pli­ca­tions for which Ulysse Nardin is known, like the ex­clu­sive alarm set­ting, which wakes the user with a melodic cathe­dral gong. Po­si­tioned be­tween 12 and 2 o’clock, it boasts a 12h or 24h alarm set­ting, which means the alarm can be set for a.m. or p.m. The hand at 10 o’clock de­notes whether or not the alarm is ac­ti­vated. And in an­other achieve­ment for this me­chan­i­cal watch, the alarm is syn­chro­nised with the dual time sys­tem when trav­el­ing.

Ulysse Nardin’s dual time with in­stant time­zone ad­jus­tor is fea­tured on the blue dial at 6 o’clock. The func­tion sim­pli­fies time zone ad­just­ments, which can be done both for­wards and back­wards just by us­ing the push­ers to change the po­si­tion of the hour hand. The date is eas­ily read in a dou­ble win­dow at 4 o’clock.

The Clas­sic col­lec­tion DNA is ap­par­ent in the el­e­gance of the de­sign, an ap­proach that high­lights the es­sen­tial beauty of the func­tions, while the dial, lugs, push­ers and steel mid-case are in per­fect har­mony, as are the “Glaive” hands. The Clas­sic Sonata com­bines its

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