Written by Chaz Nash
Ulysse Nardin Stranger visually presents time with an engaging audible experience for an infinite relationship that’s absolutely timeless.
Finally a watchmaker has developed a watch that serenades its wearer with both a visual and audible experience upon first glance (a personal experience I have always had when glancing at a luxurious watch – someone over at Ulysse Nardin has been tip-toeing through both my auditory and visual tulips). All joking aside, you really have to ask yourself, “If my watch doesn’t serenade me, what kind of time-telling relationship do we actually have?” Ulysse Nardin has apparently answered this question and has taken the timepiece relationship to another level that equates to timeless love, and with of all watches – Stranger.
Stranger (Reference 6902-125) is Ulysse Nardin’s aesthetic and complications masterpiece that passionately marries time and music in an ethereal classical music box form serenading its wearer with an ever alluring song, “Strangers in the Night” (a song that was immortalized in 1966 by none other than velvety smooth crooner Frank Sinatra).
Stranger is an innovative timepiece that required five years of development just to bring it to fruition, which was inspired by Ulysse Nardin’s partner, conceptual artist and musician Dieter Meier (aka the Godfather of Techno-Music).
Stranger artistically sings with an ornate dial that displays a rotating disc that engages 10 elaborate blades thereby producing the music of “Strangers in the Night”, very much like a music box. A pusher located at 10 o’clock can also activate (or deactivate) the disc to play the melody, which can be programmed to play on the hour or not at all.
Another pusher at 8 o’clock must be engaged to activate the crown which is pushed to activate functions: “T” for time, “D” for date and “W” for wind as shown on a triangular display between 3 and 4 o’clock on the dial.
Stranger’s plays music and time in a beautiful 45mm 18K rose gold case displaying a harmonious dial accentuated with 18K rose gold Roman numerals, a round date aperture window, hour/minute hands and a sub-dial seconds indicator hand. Enclosed is Ulysse Nardin’s silicon technology for the escapement, anchor and balance spring, of its in-house automatic mechanical UN-690 movement; 64 jewels and 48-hour power reserve function. It has a medallion caseback and is adorned with a black leather strap with folding buckle.
Ulysse Nardin Stranger is a limited edition timepiece of 99 pieces, and as such will sing its alluring song for a special collector. Stranger can be visually and audibly appreciated in all of its splendor at BaselWorld 2013.