A repeater watch with a very special acoustic treatment.
You don’t often see watchmakers collaborating with the hi-end audio consumer electronics companies, right? Well, Ulysse Nardin has just broke the ice and is introducing a limited edition striking watch created together with the french Devialet. The new Hourstriker Phantom is a repeater capable of chiming the hours and half-hours. And while there’s no doubt, the guys at Ulysse Nardin are the experts in the acoustic side of watchmaking, the Devialet engineers have brought some extra expertise to the game. The latter included a system of torsion arms and a thin membrane, comparable to a loudspeaker’s structure. The bottom side of the watch is perforated with eight openings under its membrane that allows the sound to travel. The fully polished 43 mm titanium case also amplifies the sound and extends its resonance to 85 decibels.
The anthracite dial is inspired by the famous figures of German physicist Ernst Chladni, formed by the materialization of vibratory waves. The two rose gold hands point towards the Arabic numeral indexes, all tilted outwards in a clockwise direction, just like a navy compass.
The watch is driven by the in-house automatic UN-610 movement with a 42-hour power reserve and comes complimented by a black alligator strap. The price of the Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Phantom is CHF 72,500. It will be sold as a limited edition of 85 pieces, – a nod to the upper-mentioned 85 decibels.
Oct. 29, 2019