Just one week after the launch of the Blast collection at the Geneva Watch Days, Ulysse Nardin presented an astonishing new Blast high jewelry timepiece, an openworked automatic tourbillon embellished with what appears to be a mosaic of hundreds of shattered shards of mirror but made from geometrically cut diamonds.
Sunbeams erupting in infinite rays were the inspiration for the Ulysse Nardin Sparkling Blast. The delicate movement of the watch is visible through the face, a tour de force of skeletonized handiwork perfected over a century and a half in the manufacture.
Each of the 211 geometric cut diamonds of the Sparkling Blast is cut by hand. The symbolic “X” – trademark of Ulysse Nardin – is also set with sparkling diamonds, embedded directly into the watch face, sealing the luxurious look. The crown, bezel and hour-markers are also set with diamonds and the architecture of the lugs lends itself perfectly to the diamonds set within it. Fashioned after a stealth aircraft with its sleek design they offer plenty of space for the “broken mirror effect” generated when they are faceted with diamonds.
Ulysse Nardin has equipped the Sparkling Blast with a 45-mm-white gold case which is water resistant up to 5 bar.
Inside this watch – if there’s such a thing with a watch so heavily skeletonized – works the automatic calibre UN-172. Its tourbillon guarantees a very high precision and a three-day (72 hours) power reserve.
The Ulysse Nardin Sparkling Blast is a limited edition of only six pieces; three of them are equipped with a white rubber strap, three with a deep blue one made from alligator leather.