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April 30, 2021

W&W 2021 | Ulysse Nardin Diver X Skeleton Limited Edition

Ulysse Nardin’s links with the sea are as deep as the ocean itself. The Swiss Maison was a pioneer in watchmaking innovation from 1846, when the brand cemented its reputation for incomparably accurate marine chronometers; robust navigational instruments that allowed sailors to calculate longitude at sea. Now Ulysse Nardin is reaffirming its status as a watchmaker destined to rule the oceans with the arrival of the Diver X Skeleton. In 2019, Ulysse Nardin launched the Diver X Cape Horn, Nemo Point and Antarctica, celebrating the bravery of the solo round-the-world sailors of the Vendée Globe. Now, to celebrate its 175 years, Ulysse Nardin is pushing the design of its Diver X even further by stripping away the dial and revealing its skeleton.

In an Xciting merger of the two Diver and Executive Skeleton worlds, Ulysse Nardin adds a new design to its range of horological UFOs: the Diver X Skeleton, an exclusive edition of skeleton diving watches limited to 175 timepieces, all numbered. This cutting-edge evolution of the Diver X retains its sporty appeal, while taking a radical step towards transparency. As the new hero watch of the DIVER collection, the Diver X Skeleton is an explosive fusion between the sporty design of a Diver and technical prowess of the Executive Skeleton. It’s a match that was written in the stars.

Like all of Ulysse Nardin’s Divers, the Diver X Skeleton is designed to withstand the potentially fatal pressures that exist at a depth of 200 meters. To achieve this, it is equipped with a concave inverted unidirectional rotating bezel, which protects the domed sapphire glass against untimely impacts.

The engineering team has completely redesigned the UN371 movement, which is visible through the 44mm case. Originally designed for the Executive Skeleton collection, it has been improved by the addition of an oscillating weight in the shape of the Ulysse Nardin’s iconic X. There is also a barrel cover placed at midday with a blue Carbonium®, which is the same as the bezel, and the hours, minutes and seconds hands are coated with Superluminova, so you won’t struggle to read the time underwater.

The desire to keep the dial interface of the Diver X Skeleton in the shape of the blue PVD X was one of the most technical and complex developments ever undertaken by Ulysse Nardin. The hour markers had to be secretly connected to the dial, so they appear to be floating. To achieve the sensation of depth, overlaid layers were used to emphasize the tiered construction of the central “X”. Different levels of finish were also employed to cause a play of light, which was amplified by the transparency of the skeleton movement.

The case, microbeaded on the sides with satin polished lugs, has been coated in blue PVD. Orange details, such as the hour markers, the internal lines of Ulysse Nardin’s signature “X” and the protective rubber around the crown, add vibrant pops of colour and emphasize the model’s sports origins.

On the bezel, Ulysse Nardin has used blue Carbonium®, a material originally used on its Freak X. Carbonium ® is an extremely lightweight aerospace material and among the most robust and durable materials ever developed by scientists. It is made from the same fibers as those used for the fuselage and wings of the latest generation of aircraft. Because its manufacturing process involves using waste materials, it has a 40% lower environmental impact than other carbon. This high-performance material is created using a complex process which involves subjecting carbon fibers, which have a diameter of only 7 µm, to high pressure and temperature conditions. The process causes the fibers to form a pattern that is unique to each watch.

The Diver X Skeleton comes on a rubber strap in either ocean blue or supercharged orange with an element adorned with the Ulysse Nardin anchor also in orange. A constant reminder that Ulysse Nardin has always ruled the waves by looking to the stars.

Technical specifications:

Ulysse Nardin Diver X Skeleton

Reference: 3723-170LE-3A-BLUE/3A (blue strap)

Limited edition of 175 pieces

Case

  • Material: Titanium Blue PVD
  • Diameter: 44 mm
  • Thickness: 16 mm
  • Bezel: Blue Carbonium®
  • Glass: Sapphire crystal front and caseback
  • Water-resistant to 200 meters

Dial and hands

  • Blue X skeletonized dial

Movement

  • UN-372 caliber
  • Automatic movement
  • Silicon escape wheel, anchor and balance
  • Skeleton movement
  • X Dial
  • Number of parts: 171 components
  • Number of jewels: 23
  • Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
  • Power reserve of 96 hours

Strap and buckle

  • Blue rubber strap

MSRP

  • CHF 21'000
  • EUR 19'300
  • USD 22'200
  • GBP 18'050

Ulysse Nardin Diver X Skeleton

Reference: 3723-170LE-3A-BLUE/3B (orange strap)

Limited edition of 175 pieces

Case

  • Material: Titanium Blue PVD
  • Diameter: 44 mm
  • Thickness: 16 mm
  • Bezel: Blue Carbonium®
  • Glass: Sapphire crystal front and caseback
  • Water-resistant to 200 meters

Dial and hands

  • Blue X skeletonized dial

Movement

  • UN-372 caliber
  • Automatic movement
  • Silicon escape wheel, anchor and balance
  • Skeleton movement
  • X Dial
  • Number of parts: 171 components
  • Number of jewels: 23
  • Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
  • Power reserve of 96 hours

Strap and buckle

  • Orange rubber strap

MSRP

  • CHF 21'000
  • EUR 19'300
  • USD 22'200
  • GBP 18'050

For more information, please visit ulysse-nardin.com

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