The seventh symbol in the Chinese Zodiac, a favored animal, a symbol of power, free spirit, emotion, success, and travel, is also the latest timepiece that has taken the world by storm. The Ulysse Nardin Classico Horse is the celebration timepiece for honoring The Year of the Horse. As a limited edition timepiece, the brand has declared the exquisite work as a symbol of those independent minded folks who carefully balance freewill and self-discipline.
The timepiece features an illustration on the dial of horses that appear to gallop with freedom, crafted by using the very intricate champlevé method. That art form is created where cells are carved with a chisel directly on the dial surface and then filled with enamel. The palette is made up of black, white, gray, green and tan crafted from metallic oxides, providing the most beautiful illustration of natural landscape and the depiction of the marvelous creatures that serve as this years honored symbol.
The timepiece is then fired until the enamel melts, then left to cool and polished to the beautiful finished dial crafted by the handwork of these masterful artisans. The breathtaking dial is protected with anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass and set into the case that is crafted from 18k rose gold. The Ulysse Nardin Classico Horse measures 40mm in diameter, and in addition to the celebration of The Year of the Horse, the brand has been devoted to this specialized centuries old craft, the rare art of enameling for many of their timepieces.
The timepiece when turned over exposes the sapphire window, fixed with screws that allow the inner movement to be viewed and appreciated by all. The in-house movement is brought to life with the self-winding caliber UN-815, certified by COSC (Contrôle official Suisse des Chronometres). The timepiece is crafted to be water resistant up to 50 meters, and only 88 pieces are being produced. The timepiece is finished with a elegant blue leather strap, designed to match the bluish tones similar to the mountains that are sitting on the dial. The timepiece is further secured on the wrist with the rose gold tang buckle.
The Ulysse Nardin Classico Horse is the celebration timepiece crafted to honor The Year of the Horse, capturing the passion for life and the emotional drive that pushes us forward. The quality and precision of the brand reflect perfectly in this timepiece, a collectible that will take a position of respect as it sits in an exclusive boutique in Sochi, Russia. The luxury timepiece will certainly find a home on select wrists, lucky wrists, perhaps even Olympic Gold ones.