The Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture ought to be no more unusual to you in the event that you read MONOCHROME routinely. It is to be sure a watch that we’ve covered a few times, and on every event, we adored it. It is, as you could figure by its name, an exemplary contribution from the brand. Accessible in a few materials (yet, principally with steel cases recently) and with many dial varieties, it generally stays a solid bundle all through, with extraordinary incentive for the cash. Before the SIHH 2018, Ulysse Nardin presents two new versions Classico Manufacture, with “Grand Feu” White or Black Enamel Dials, combined to steel cases – and for not exactly EUR 9,000, that’s very impressive.
First of all, let’s talk about the new highlights of these Pre-SIHH 2018 renditions of the Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture. No show, no monstrous changes, simply new dials. Yet, what dials we’re discussing. Manufactured in-house (something adequately uncommon to be mentioned) by sister company Donzé Cadrans, the Classico Manufacture gets two new dials, both executed in “Grand Feu” finish. What we have here are “real” polish dials, created in the most traditional way conceivable, by applying a few layers of lacquer powder, each prepared in an oven… Each progression is another risk for the dial to break. And keeping in mind that white is as of now complex to make, dark is even moreso, as the littlest defect is significantly simpler to spot. After heating, the finish dial is cleaned to a high sheen, and prepared for the last activity: applying the Roman numerals in a differentiating colour.
Thus, as Pre-SIHH 2018 oddities, there will be two Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture with Grand Feu lacquer dials:
- One dark dial with white numerals, railroad track and hands
- One white dial with black numerals, railroad track and hands (which are blackened)
For the rest, we find again the rich and restrained Classico Manufacture – like the variant we inspected here , and to the adaptation presented for the SIHH 2017 or at long last, another form in steel with finish dial , as a restricted release. Its case is here made of cleaned treated steel and still holds its 40mm breadth and sensible 9.60mm tallness. The state of the case, from the outset rather exemplary, is given a slight turn with molded carries and a plate screwed on the left half of the case (at 9) with the extraordinary number of the watch engraved.
Inside these Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture “Grand Feu” ticks the brand’s signature UN-320 type, an inside delivered self-twisting development with a few fascinating highlights. As regularly with the brand, it considers fast date adjustment the two advances and in reverse. It makes use of Silicium hairspring and anchor escapement (UN were the first to utilize this material in a sequentially delivered watch, back in the mid 2000s). Its showcase is customary, with minutes and hours on the focal hub, little seconds at 6 and a date incorporated into this sub-dial. it brags 48 hours power save. This development comes with a twofold affirmation, as Chronometer-evaluated by the COSC and the Ulysse Nardin Certificate, which implies it satisfies rigid quality guidelines – for the presentation of its system, power hold and other functions.
These two new Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture “Grand Feu” will be essential for the normal assortment (non-limited) and will be estimated at EUR 8,800/CHF 8,800 – which, thinking about the in-house development, the general quality and basically the top of the line grand feu polish dial, feels like a nice cost. More subtleties on www.ulysse-nardin.com .
Specifications – Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture “Grand Feu” Pre-SIHH 2018
- Case: 40mm breadth x 9.60mm stature – tempered steel – sapphire gem front and back – 30m water safe, screw-down case-back
- Movement: In-house Caliber UN-320 – Automatic – 48h force hold – 28,800 vibrations/hr – hours and minutes, little seconds, date
- Dial: white or dark “Grand Feu” veneer with roman numerals
- Strap: alligator cowhide with steel pin-buckle
- Reference: 3203-136-2/E2 and 3203-136-2/E0-42
- Price: EUR 8,800/CHF 8,800