Executive Of the State —
— When the United States Navy was looking to equip its sailors with highly precise nautical instruments in 1902, it turned to a Swiss watchmaker most renowned for such seaworthy tools: Ulysse Nardin. The new Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon “Stars & Stripes” – launched on July 4 and limited to 50 pieces, one for each state in the Union – pays tribute to UN’S century-plus history as suppliers of timing instruments to American naval ships. Its openworked, tour billon equipped movement, Caliber UN 171, echoes the stars and stripes of the American flag with its miniature painted surfaces in red, white and blue, adding a splash of patriotic color to the skeleton dial’s Roman numeral indexes and rectangular center. A matte blue color is also used for the ceramic bezel, the crown and the carbon-effect leather strap. The 45mm case is made of titanium and the manual-winding movement offers an impressive power reserve of 170 hours — nearly seven days. It’s priced at $46,000.