Septeber 06, 2011
With the new Ulysse Nardin Classico Enamel Champlevé Dragon, the manufacture honors, once again, the lost art of enameling, but this time, it’s through the legend of the Dragon, a symbol of success and prosperity. Legend claims that those who keep the mythical creature close will be granted guidance and protection.
Exuding a fiery spirit, the bright orange and yellow dragon seems ready to leap from the enamel champlevé dial. Set atop a background of the special blue dial of the Classico that represents Ulysse Nardin’s distinctive signature (often referred to as Ulysse Nardin Blue), the strong Dragon twists and writhes about the hour markers; an explosion of fire escaping his mouth setting the evening hours ablaze.
The beauty of the dragon dial is the result of Ulysse Nardin’s devotion to the lost art of enameling and a refined decorative technique that requires the dedication of a master craftsman. Due to its complex and time-consuming forging process, enamel watches fell into near oblivion since the 1950s, and only such top watch makers as Ulysse Nardin are now able to produce the works.
Each dial is an exceptional creation produced by a skilled artisan using a variety of colors that are created from different metallic oxides. The mastery of enameling depends upon both the personal sensitivity and daily practice of the artist. The technique results in dials that are wearable art designed to honor a centuries-old craft.
Ulysse Nardin is producing 30 pieces of the Classico Dragon 40mm in 18-karat white gold and in 18-karat rose gold. A sapphire crystal exhibition window is featured in the case back, through which the self-winding UN-815 movement can be viewed. The timepiece has a power reserve of approximately 42 hours, and the chronometer is COSC certified.
Each watch is accented by a hand-sewn alligator leather strap with a white- or red -gold tang buckle, empowering its wearer with an image that is both bold and sophisticated.