ULYSSE NARDIN

Golf Asia - - LUXE TIMEPIECES -

Two one-of-a-kind Freak Vi­sion time­pieces have swum out of the depths of Ulysse Nardin's unique nau­ti­cal uni­verse. Named af­ter the fa­mous snorkelling reef of Co­ral Bay in Western Aus­tralia, the two Freak Vi­sion Co­ral Bay time­pieces con­tain a host of horo­log­i­cal game-chang­ers, a su­per-light sili­cium bal­ance wheel with nickel mass el­e­ments and sta­bi­liz­ing mi­cro-blades and a su­per-thin new case de­sign made even thin­ner by a box-domed crys­tal. Now, the aes­thetic tech­niques showcased in the Co­ral Bay in­car­na­tions pro­vide a per­fect foil for this tech­no­log­i­cal mas­ter­work. The Swiss Man­u­fac­ture now uses thou­sands of 24 carat gold threads to cre­ate painstak­ingly del­i­cate pat­terns. Ulysse Nardin uses bond­ing be­cause the fab­u­lously in­tri­cate de­signs it cre­ates de­light the eye. A bond­ing ma­chine squeezes a gold thread on each side, one thread af­ter an­other, to draw a co­ral reef mo­tif on the watch move­ment's bar­rel spring bridge. Each thread is a dif­fer­ent size, and all are tied only at the top and bot­tom of the thread, but not in its cen­tre. To cre­ate blue and yel­low gold co­ral reef pat­terns, the watch­maker colours the com­po­nent and the co­ral reefs with a chem­i­cal vapour dis­po­si­tion process in blue. The en­tire sur­face is coloured ex­cept the de­par­ture and ar­rival points of the yel­low gold threads, which are laser cleaned. Then the yel­low gold threads are bonded to the com­po­nent.

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