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Ulysse Nardin Flies the Flag

Just in time for this year’s July 4th celebration, Ulysse Nardin debuts a wrist-sized homage to the American flag.

The Ulysse Nardin Executive Tourbillon Stars and Stripes expands the brand’s Executive Tourbillon collection with a limited edition watch that flies its flag directly on the open-work dial, where you’ll find fifteen white stars (on a blue background) and hand-painted white and red stripes.

This distinctive coloring frames the same Executive Skeleton Tourbillon airiness we’ve seen from earlier examples. The red and blue elements on this latest example work well together to create an abstract American flag that recalls aspects of Pop Art, while the centrally located rectangular bridge, painted white and abbreviated to make room for the blue tourbillon cage, almost disappears as it pulls the eye to the blued hands. The blue ceramic bezel, blue crown and blue ‘carbon-effect’ leather strap unify the theme.

Inside the 45mm titanium case Ulysse Nardin places its superb UN-171 manufactured caliber, with an outstanding 170-hour (almost seven-day) power reserve. The purple-colored silicon escapement wheel and balance spring add an extra layer of excitement here, contributing mightily the movement’s highly efficient flying tourbillon. You might recall that Ulysse Nardin helped pioneer the use of silicon in watch movements when it placed a silicon escapement in the Freak in 2001.

The back of the Ulysse Nardin Executive Tourbillon Stars and Stripes

Given its complex makeup and red- white and blue dressing, the new Ulysse Nardin Executive Tourbillon Stars and Stripes effectively offers one the opportunity to fly both the American flag and a highly technical regulating organ on one very patriotic wrist.

The inner ring is hand-painted using a micro-painting technique that requires a paintbrush the width of a single eyelash.

Available on July 4th, the Ulysse Nardin Executive Tourbillon Stars and Stripes collection is a limited edition of fifty, each priced at $46,000.

Elements on each caliber are painted by hand.

Specifications: Ulysse Nardin Executive Tourbillon Stars and Stripes

Reference: 1713-139/US, a limited edition with 50 pieces

Movement: Manual-wind Caliber UN-171, 18,000bph, with 170-hours of power reserve, skeletonized with one-minute flying tourbillon

Case: 45mm titanium with blue ceramic bezel and blue crown, water-resistance to 30 meters, sapphire back

Dial: Skeleton dial with Roman indexes and rectangle center, miniature painting with stars & stripes pattern, sapphire crystal

Strap: Blue carbon-effect leather strap with folding buckle

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