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Skeleton X : introducing an X-ray vision of next generation Haute Horlogerie

January 29, 2019
ULYSSE NARDIN - Skeleton X : introducing an X-ray vision of next generation Haute Horlogerie
  • ULYSSE NARDIN - Skeleton X : introducing an X-ray vision of next generation Haute Horlogerie
  • ULYSSE NARDIN - Skeleton X : introducing an X-ray vision of next generation Haute Horlogerie
  • ULYSSE NARDIN - Skeleton X : introducing an X-ray vision of next generation Haute Horlogerie
  • ULYSSE NARDIN - Skeleton X : introducing an X-ray vision of next generation Haute Horlogerie
  • ULYSSE NARDIN - Skeleton X : introducing an X-ray vision of next generation Haute Horlogerie
  • ULYSSE NARDIN - Skeleton X : introducing an X-ray vision of next generation Haute Horlogerie
  • ULYSSE NARDIN - Skeleton X : introducing an X-ray vision of next generation Haute Horlogerie
  • ULYSSE NARDIN - Skeleton X : introducing an X-ray vision of next generation Haute Horlogerie
  • ULYSSE NARDIN - Skeleton X : introducing an X-ray vision of next generation Haute Horlogerie

The SKELETON X, a new Manufacture movement that lays bare its audacious technology in an exquisite exhibition of fine watchmaking’s most challenging technique. Inner beauty revealed, not concealed: this openworked wonder takes skeletonization to the X-level. Bold and powerful, it is an X-ray interpretation of the future of watchmaking design, where we see everything, including the very architecture and functioning of time. If you’ve got it, flaunt it. The Skeleton X leaves nothing to the imagination.

More than a means, eXploring has become Ulysse Nardin’s motivation. The X-factor is the answer: X like an adventure, X like our deepest desires, X for the unknown, X for what’s for-bidden, bold and exciting. SKELETON X is the perfect showcase of this new X-ray vision of watchmaking. Blurring the frontiers between our inner and the outer worlds, X-rays allow us to connect with the invisible, with the hidden. To see through things, to explore the in-betweens of the reality, to transgress the rules of the material world. The new SKELETON X plays off the transparency of its powerful movement by intri-cately cutting away as much material as possible, without jeopardizing tolerances or shock resistance, to reveal the stunning beauty of the three-dimensional heart beating inside. 

The SKELETON X case, reshaped and very small, a mere 42mm, is perfectly on-trend: more angular, more masculine, less round. Its shape-within-shape-within-shape geometry - an X formed by four of the indexes is framed in a rectangle, in turn inside a circle - delights the eye. Inside and clearly visible beats one of the star innovations of the watch’s antecedent, the FREAK VISION: a super-light balance wheel in silicium, extra-wide, with nickel flyweights and stabilizing micro-blades. The new Manufacture movement, the UN-371 caliber, is based on the UN-171 movement, but completely redesigned. The 96-hour power reserve can be read through the back by means of windows, like those in the barrel. The SKELETON X eXists in four different satin-finish versions: satin-finish titanium blue, satin-finish titanium black, satin-finish rose gold or matte-finish Carbonium ® GOLD.

This skeletonized watch par excellence is priced very competitively with a start price version at 17’500 USD. Painstakingly cut and exposed, elaborately finished, hand-polished to a shimmering gleam, it be-speaks the artisan’s touch, and watchmaker’s experience and savoir-faire. Nothing can hide, inside be-comes outside, the boundaries blur, as the invisible processes of time are marvelously revealed to the naked eye.

SKELETON X Carbonium ® GOLD: from the world of aeronautic fuselage to Haute Horlogerie.

The most spectacular iteration of the SKELETON X collection is undoubtedly the Carbonium ® GOLD version. The aeronautic-grade Carbonium ® is a new, super-light and sustainable material used in the production of the latest-generation airplanes’ fuselage and wings. In short, the most vital and essential components in today’s modern airplanes. The production of Carbonium ® has 40% less environmental impact than other carbon composites as it uses offcuts from aeronautical pieces. With complex process requiring high pressures and temperatures, Carbonium ®  is a high-performance material that brings out the core beauty of the organic pattern created by the 7µm diameter carbon fibers. Carbonium® Gold is a “fusion” of carbon and gold, giving to the SKELETON X watch case shimmery and flowing black and gold waves. 

The use of a material like Carbonium ® GOLD comes as a clear reminder that we dare make a difference. Constructed from next-generation carbon composites - among the most robust and resilient materials ever devised by science - it is as audaciously disruptive as it is technically and technologically transcendent. 

Ulysse Nardin is the first to use this neXt-generation material in a watch. Its resistance-to-lightness ratio is unparalleled, and its stunning marbling effect never repeats, making each watch case absolutely unique. 

 

 

 

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