Luxury Watches: At Baselworld this year, the bar was considerably raised for watch manufacturers as industry leaders introduced more complicated movements, new advancements in time-telling technology, and some of the most stunning horological concepts the market has ever seen.
But while luxury timepiece brands were busy diving headfirst into innovation with completely new pieces and collections, they were also working hard to bring their classics into the 21st century with updates and additions to existing collections. This is just what Ulysse Nardin has accomplished with the newly refreshed Dual Time Collection.
The material on everyone's mind in the watch industry is ceramic. This imperishable material is both sleek and exclusive, and requires the same high-level of craftsmanship as do the most coveted precious gems. Brands have been utilizing the material in their watch designs for everything from watch bracelets to giving the ceramic gem cuts and setting them in the pushers and bezeljust as they would with diamonds.
Ulysse Nardin has utilized this material by making it the center stage on the new, 43mm Executive Dual Time. The dial and bezel are both in a dramatic black ceramic, which boldly sets off the either stainless steel or 18k rose gold of the oversized Roman numerals, hands, crown and case.
The Caliber UN-24 is a self-winding movement with a power-reserve of about 42 hours. Ulysse Nardin's Executive Dual Time is home to the patented system that gives the collection its name. When pushed, two ceramic push pieces on the side of the case instantly adjust the hour hand to a different time zone, while the 24-hour indicator continues its cycle in a window at 9 o'clock.
Also finding their home on the dial are the oversized 60-seconds counter at 6 o'clock and the two-window date at 2 o'clock, the Ulysse Nardin name and logo resting just beneath it with the signature anchor also in either stainless steel or 18k rose gold.
While the stainless steel version of the watch creates a bold and striking dial, the 18k rose gold makes a more luxurious and elegant impact, its warmer color perfect for the chilly fall season. Both watches are available with either leather or a durable rubber strap and are individually numbered on the case.
As timepieces become more and more complex, displaying their movement components in elaborate dials, it is refreshing to see a watch make a high visual impact by highlighting an ability to be sleek and classic. The Executive Dual Time by Ulysse Nardin accomplishes this skillfully, creating a watch that is not only technologically advanced, but aesthetically stunning.