Ulysse Nardin’s new Executive Tourbillon defies expectations as well as gravity
When craft and technology commune, the result is usually delightful. Ulysse Nardin’s Executive Tourbillon “Free Wheel” defies expectations as well as gravity with its spectacular new innovation that literally turns watchmaking on its head. Crafted in a grand white or rose gold, with a brand-new movement and a startlingly innovative box-domed sapphire, the modern-sized 44mm dial in dark stone is carved from a slab of slate for the 18-carat rose gold version, and built on a sleek black honeycomb grid for the 18-carat white gold version. The most surprising features are the dial’s tourbillon bridges and the 7-day power reserve indicator at four o’clock that are shaped like boomerangs and look like they are actually floating in air as do the other ‘skeletonised’ components, the hour and minute indicators and the gorgeous gear trains. What’s more, the strap is “carbon leather“in matte alligator, which is exceptionally soft to the touch.
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