Ulysse Nardin Majestic Temple of Heaven Watch

Sep 02, 2009
The renowned Swiss watch-making house Ulysse Nardin has unveiled its novel unique San Marco watch, the Temple of Heaven, which mirrors the brandís best traditions in the art of cloisonne enamel.

The watch dial, revealing the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, is influenced by a group of illustrious Chinese buildings, constructed in the 15th century under the Qing Dynasty. The timekeeping companion by Ulysse Nardin totally reflects the core of this historic structure, embracing complicated marble foundation and a blue tiled roof. The color of the latter was meant to resemble the kingdom of heaven.

Every Temple of Heaven timepiece dial represents a masterpiece of the watchmaking art, developed by Michel Vermot, the brandís acclaimed specialist in the field of cloisonne enamel.

A daunting task of herculean concentration within a period of more than 50 hours, the cloisonne process includes applying of brilliantly colored vitreous enamels into parts, produced by means of gold hand-shaped wire border.

The certain stages of this process turn out to be especially venturesome for the master to perform. The application of enamels with a goose quill as well as numerous kiln firing processes carried out in order to fix the enamels are among them. In the course of these processes a special attention should be paid to protecting each colored surface from the influence of air bubbles and other imperfections. The slightest mistake can ruin the entire work.

Nowadays, Ulysse Nardin is one of those watch companies, which carefully guard the best traditions of this enameling art. It is mirrored by many brandís special edition timepieces, embracing a series of San Marco watches, featuring famous ship battles, as well as extremely complicated models, such as the Jungle Minute Repeater and the Safari Minute Repeater, which has recently made its original appearance.

The Ulysse Nardin Temple of Heaven watch has been opted for displaying in the Shenyang Imperial Palace Museum. It is a high honor for the company, since this is the first timepiece, which will appear for viewing sessions within the walls of this very museum.

The Ulysse Nardin company will launch 36 pieces of the Temple of Heaven model, sculptured in 18-karat rose gold. Another 18 items will be rendered in platinum.

The individually numbered, 40mm case of every model reveals an affixed medallion on its left-hand side. The watch case-back is fitted with a sapphire crystal exhibition window, showing off the details of the automatic UN-13 movement, which incorporates a guilloched 22K gold rotor.

A fine selection of Ulysse Nardin watches:

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