Introducing: Ulysse Nardin Blast

 

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Ulysse Nardin Blast

The Ulysse Nardin Blast is new for 2020. It is presented in four colourways, each incorporating different materials. Each watch is housed in an intricately formed 45mm case and incorporates an automatic movement, the Calibre UN-172, which features a tourbillon and a platinum micro-rotor.

Ulysse Nardin Blast

Ulysse Nardin has always been an innovative watch company. In 2001, it was the first brand to fit a silicium escapement within a watch, the legendary Freak. Nearly 20 years later there are still only a few companies able to make watches housing silicium technology.

The benefits of silicium are many. The glass-like material is not adversely affected by magnetism or fluctuations in temperature. In addition, silicium is not susceptible to corrosion and it can be formed into shapes that would be impossible using conventional materials.

The new Ulysse Nardin Blast features a silicium escape wheel, anchor and balance spring. Furthermore, the automatic movement, the Calibre UN-172, is skeletonised and features a tourbillon and platinum micro-rotor. The watch will run autonomously for approximately 72 hours.

An alluring aspect of the Ulysse Nardin Blast’s composition relates to the blend of different materials, imbuing each model with its own character. This new model is offered in four colourways; ‘Blue Blast’, ‘Black Blast’, ‘White Blast’ and ‘Rose Gold Blast’. The 45mm case is intricately formed, featuring numerous facets and different forms of polishing. Lastly, the dial and movement elements are arranged on different levels, inviting curious eyes to dive into this artistic composition and examine each component at close quarters.

Prices start from €44,000 (World price as 25.8.2020).

The brand’s press release (August 2020)

Geneva, August 25th, 2020 – Supercharged with classic Ulysse Nardin savoir faire, BLAST is an avatar of its time, a potent force of nature. This technological wonder made with rock-hard, masculine lines has ignited a flame that will send seismic shockwaves through the watchmaking world to its core. The complex, geometric architecture of the tessellated horns – reminiscent of furtive aircraft – create a pumped-up, vigorous and imposing masterpiece.

Ulysse Nardin Blast

With its tight, edgy blueprint, omnipresent “X-Factor” and stealth design, the new BLAST – a fresh, muscular and robust open-worked model – will send you rocketing into the stratosphere. BLAST is taking your mind by storm, playing off the transparency of its new powerful automatic silicium tourbillon nested in a bold, X-shaped cage, which beats inside at a frequency of 2.5 Hz. Light penetrates the open-worked body of the watch like a laser. Some Ulysse Nardin emblematic codes have been included – the rectangular frame, the 3-horned signature fixing the strap, the smooth, coloured bezel, the verticality of the movement with the barrel at 12 o’clock and the flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock.

RADAR DODGING DESIGN AND FIERCE, TESSELATED HORNS

This distinctive look – modelled on the same lines as a stealth aircraft – is the latest proof of Ulysse Nardin’s aesthetic prowess. Aeronautical and military engineers have created furtive aircrafts with aligned edges and serrated triangular patterns to make them invisible to radar and to deflect radio waves. The Ulysse Nardin designers have restyled and rebuilt the watch horns making them strong and geometric like the sharp wings of a stealth aircraft as it slices through a storm. Smooth yet muscular, the horns are aerodynamic and imposing, much like the sharp rocks that jut out of a volcano. Each triangle has a different finish, the surface of the horns alternating between polished, satin-finish and sand-blasted veneer. The result is a shock to the eye and the effect otherworldly, like the lunar landscapes of black, cold magma that surround a volcano and glisten under the light of the moon.

As with FREAK X, SKELETON X and DIVER X, BLAST wears its “X” prominently and with pride. Indeed, the “X” has become an underlying theme progressing transversally throughout all Ulysse Nardin collections and has affirmed its presence in all four BLAST models. Its shape-within-shape-within-shape geometry is a visual delight: an “X”, framed in a rectangle, both inside a circle.

This atomic bomb of a watch is powered by the recently fashioned UN-172 movement (an evolution of the UN-171 movement) and has a three-day power reserve. With an automatic tourbillon for the first time within the Ulysse Nardin SKELETON collection and a new tiny yet powerful platinum micro-rotor – visible only from the front of the watch at 12 o’clock – BLAST was 18 months in the making, from conception to creation. Every part of this new marvel was cleverly thought, from the triple-toothed round bezel to the double “X” that clamps the movements together in a “secret-agent style” sandwich, to the self-deploying buckle which releases effortlessly in just one click. Thanks to a new patented 3 blade system that opens in a synchronized manner it snaps open like a couple sharing a dynamic and erotic tango dance. Stunningly easy, powerfully secure.

CARSTEN PETER, A STORM-CHASING, VOLCANO DIVING NEW ULYSSE OF THE XTREME

To embody this volatile life force, Ulysse Nardin is partnering with Carsten Peter, a nature photographer and storyteller of the Xtreme. His Xplosive images take the viewer to places most would never dare to go; over glaciers, into tornadoes and right up to the intense heat present around volcanoes.  Carsten is an award-winning and regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine specialized in capturing never-before-seen images of some of the most remote and dangerous places on the planet. Using innovative techniques, he is a pioneer, bringing toxic caverns, thermal caves and lava lakes to life before sharing them with the world. Climber, paraglider, caver, diver and canyoner, Carsten is obsessed with original photographic techniques that permit him to capture images from some of the world’s most inhospitable environments. Carsten embodies the Ulysse Nardin spirit and the desire within us all to embark upon our own Odyssey.

Ulysse Nardin Blast

BLAST is available in four distinct models, each with the new manufacture UN-172 movement with an automatic tourbillon and the new self-deploying buckle. Several strap options are possible: structured rubber, leather, velvet and some other specific option.

ICE: WHITE BLAST, 45 mm

Colour composition for this watch is a palette straight out of Antarctica: white ceramic, metallic grey, dark blue and beautiful transparency. Just like a frozen lake. Reminiscent of glaciers, this model features a smooth titanium bezel, dark blue inscriptions on the barrel mentioning “Silicium Technology” which beats inside of it. The dark blue “Ulysse Nardin” logo is featured prominently on the rectangular frame and the dark blue colour on the sculpted indexes and hands, is completed by Superluminova. Its jewels are transparent just like snowflakes.

Ulysse Nardin Blast

FIRE: ROSE GOLD BLAST, 45 mm

Forged from one of the most precious metals on Earth, this model features a black DLC middle case and solid gold horns, black ceramic bezel, a bicolour tourbillon cage rose gold coloured and black PVD, sculpted rose gold indexes and hands set with Superluminova. Transparent jewels. Black X. Black Rectangle.

Ulysse Nardin Blast

FIRE: BLACK BLAST, 45 mm

The iconic model of this line, BLACK BLAST comes complete with a ceramic upper middle case and bezel; black rectangular bridge, red and black double “X” pattern and a stunning new red balance wheel – the first time that Ulysse Nardin has ever developed a coloured balance wheel. The crystal joint is red, so are the jewels and the lacquered inscription “Silicium Technology” on the barrel. Grey Ulysse Nardin logo completes the rectangular frame. The geometric horns are fully polished and sandblasted for a matte-finish.

Ulysse Nardin Blast

ICE: BLUE BLAST, 45 mm

Cool blue like the inside of an iceberg, the BLUE BLAST has a titanium middle case, blue titanium bezel, blue brass rectangular bridge, blue tourbillon cage, blue and grey double “X” pattern, metallic grey sculpted hands and indexes with Superluminova.

Ulysse Nardin Blast

Further reading

https://www.ulysse-nardin.com

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