ULYSSE NARDIN

The undis­puted master of au­to­matic move­ments puts the spot­light on the art of Ja­panese swords­man­ship with its Clas­sic Samouraï.

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The new hourstrike­r Clas­sic Samouraï, in 18-karat rose gold, is a sym­bolic trib­ute to Ja­panese cul­ture. Ulysse Nardin’s crafts­men have used Ja­panese prints to recre­ate a fa­mous sword duel be­tween two leg­endary samu­rai, Miyamoto Musashi and Sasaki Ko­jiro, on the dial. Each time the ham­mer hits the gong, the jaque­marts samu­rai si­mul­ta­ne­ously per­form the spec­tac­u­lar duel be­tween Musashi and Ko­jiro. On the left-hand side of the dial, recog­nis­able by his two swords–one short and the other long–is Miyamoto Musashi, the most fa­mous Ja­panese war­rior of the 17th cen­tury. On the right is Sasaki Ko­jiro, his long-stand­ing ri­val who died dur­ing the duel of 1612 por­trayed here.

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