Chiming Into the Future – Combining Design and Mechanical Innovation.
October 10, 2012
Futuristic in design, stealth in performance is the new Sonata Streamline. Inspired by the aerodynamic aesthetic of superyachts, the Sonata Streamline reveals a strong and streamlined case with two available dial versions for a 2012 introduction that is powerfully masculine.
The case, exquisitely fashioned from titanium, presents one option paired with ceramic – a material unmatched in durability – and gold, and the other with 18-karat rose gold. The essence of ocean navigation is emulated in the design of the Sonata’s two dial versions. The modern appearance of the sleek case structure is reinforced by the strong geometrical detailing on both dial executions.
Accompanying the Sonata’s distinctive design traits is its exacting performance. A mechanical instrument, the Sonata Streamline is run by a patented self-winding manufacture caliber – a caliber developed in-house over the course of seven years by Ulysse Nardin visionaries, engineers and technicians that presents unprecedented precision and multiple functions.
The movement combines a 22-karat-gold rotor with a silicium anchor escapement. Both the anchor and escapement wheel are manufactured from silicium – a groundbreaking development. Further contributing to the Sonata’s precision is the silicium hairspring 1.1.1. and the acclaimed Ulysse Nardin inertial balance wheel – additional change-making industry innovations brought to fruition by Ulysse Nardin. Revolutionary in its exploration and application of breakthrough materials, Ulysse Nardin produces all of the silicium components for its timepieces through Sigatec, a member of Ulysse Nardin’s group of companies.
Features of equal importance include the movement’s merging of the melodic, “chime” alarm setting showing a sub-dial at 2 o’clock that indicates the hour and minute alarm setting with a countdown indicator positioned above 10 o’clock. The countdown indicator is based on a 24-hours mechanism, allowing the timepiece alarm to be set 24 hours ahead. It calculates the time left on a 24-hour scale until the alarm chimes. This permits easy reading of whether the alarm is set for a.m. or p.m., with the hand at 9 o’clock denoting whether or not the alarm is activated.
Also showcased is the important dual time system with the instant time zone adjustor; the sub-dial located above 6 o’clock displays the 24-hour dual time functions. This patented dual-time function permits time zone adjustments forward and backward by a simple press of the pushers – plus (+) or minus (-) – to change the position of the hour hand. The original home time, or reference time, stays displayed while the date, alarm and countdown adjust automatically when a time zone adjustment is made. The second time zone is synchronized with the oversized date, as well as the countdown function.
Each Sonata Streamline timepiece is complemented by a black leather or a black rubber strap with folding buckle, enhancing the Sonata’s refined and resilient elegance.
The Sonata Streamline, with its aerodynamic, futuristic design and characteristic Ulysse Nardin inventiveness, is the perfect piece for the man who considers exceptional design and performance a way of life.