Building on its hot blue-hued Diver X Skeleton collection, Ulysse Nardin adds a new version, the Diver X Skeleton Black, which blackens the titanium watch’s openwork design and swaps in bright yellow accents to replace the orange color of the earlier model.
With the new 44mm dive watch, Ulysse Nardin extends its X-themed design within its well-stocked dive watch collection. As the third X-series model thus far in the dive series, the watch underscores its avant-garde design with a sharp-looking concave black carbon bezel and barrel cover, a clear view into its movement and a series of yellow dial and case accents.
Ulysse Nardin protects the automatic UN-371 movement (visible through the front and back of the case) with a domed sapphire front crystal, a sapphire back crystal and a case water resistant to 200 meters. The movement, which Ulysse Nardin originally created for its Blast Skeleton collection, has been improved with the addition of an oscillating X-shaped weight. Ulysse Nardin also coats the hands and indexes with white or yellow tinted SuperLuminova.
Ulysse Nardin calls the X-Skeleton design “one of the most technical and complex developments ever undertaken by Ulysse Nardin.” To make the hour indexes appear as if they are floating over the movement, technicians covertly connected them to what passes for a dial on this skeletonized watch. In addition, Ulysse Nardin built the dominant X atop the dial using multiple layers, each finished differently to better reflect the light that naturally streams into an open-worked dial.
Ulysse Nardin will make the Diver X Skeleton Black as a limited edition of 175. It will come with both a yellow rubber strap and a black fabric R-strap made of up-cycled polyamide derived from fishing nets. Price: $28,500.
Specifications: Ulysse Nardin Diver X Skeleton Black
(Limited edition of 175 timepieces)
Movement: Automatic UN-372 Manufacture Caliber, skeletonized and with extra-large silicon oscillator, silicon escape wheel, anchor and balance spring. 21,600 Vph with 72-hour power reserve.
Dial: Skeleton dial, X-shaped black PVD, black indexes and hands with SuperLuminova.
Case: 44mm titanium black DLC sandblasted and satin finished, concave black Carbonium unidirectional rotating bezel with a domed sapphire glass. Case back is black DLC titanium with sapphire crystal. Water resistance to 200 meters.
Strap: Black R-Strap with scratch closing, 100% recycled fishing nets, yellow rubber strap with Ulysse Nardin black ceramic element at 6 o’clock and black ceramic and titanium deployant buckle.