Ulysse Nardin is not only known for their Marine Chronometers but for achieving some masterpieces such as the Alexander the Great Minute Repeater.
Look at the dial. What a piece of art!
The unconquerable hero of Greek history and symbol of strength inspires Ulysse Nardin’s Alexander the Great: Westminster Carillon Tourbillon Jaquemarts Minute Repeater, an exceptional timepiece that showcases the mastery of Ulysse Nardin watchmakers.
The Westminster has four gongs, each with a different tone (Mi-Do-Re-Sol). As well, all movement parts are decorated, angled and finished by hand.
Fifty of these very special, limited-edition timepieces are available worldwide.
(From Ulysse Nardin Pressrelease)
(Video from Youtube/ablogtoread)
The case is a large 44mm, a contemporary size. This is a manually wound timepiece which has the following functions: Hours, Minutes, 4 Gongs, Tourbillon, Minute Repeater and last but not leasts a beautifully decorated dial with moving characters which you can view in the video above.
This watch is a piece of art showing the high level of watchmastery at Ulysse Nardin. The mechanism behind the dial has to be a very intricate implementation since the movement is not only producing the gongs for the repeater but the characters on the dial are moving. So this watch is virtually a combination of a minute repeater with an automaton on a miniature level.
The open view of the back reveals a beautifully decorated and highly finished movement.
(video from youtube)
The video above is giving an impression at the manufacture of Ulysse Nardin. I am hoping to visit Ulysse Nardin next year in Switzerland.
(pictures courtesy of Ulysse Nardin)