Ulysse Nardin celebrates the “Year of the Dog” with a timepiece dedicated to the canine in its Classico Collection, the Classico Dog.
In this lively depiction, the artist brings this affectionate creature to frolicsome life in the great outdoors. The image is further refined through centuries-old enamelling methods. Grand Feu, so named for the incredible heat required to fuse the enamel, is combined with the Champlevé technique, involving the carving of cells with a chisel directly on the dial, which are then filled with different coloured enamels.The final step, which is also the most delicate, consists of enriching the motif by chiselling all the metal parts on the surface.
This ancient art of enamelling is incredibly rare, and only a handful of craftspeople in the world have mastered this decorative technique to the degree displayed in this timepiece. For almost 30 years, Ulysse Nardin has been bringing this enamel artistry to its dials and is, in fact, one of the only watchmakers devoted to the centuries-old craft. It is practised in-house at Donzé Cadrans, a member of the Ulysse Nardin group of companies.
The Classico Collection numbers a series of original enamelled pieces, beloved and collected by many. This Chinese New Year, beginning in February 2018, Ulysse Nardin presents the “Year of the Dog”. A limited edition of 88 pieces in 18-ct rose gold, it is powered by the self-winding UN-815 movement. It boasts a 42-hour power reserve along with a COSC certification. Set in a 40-mm case, the unique Grand Feu Champlevé enamel timepiece is water-resistant to 50 m and held in place with an alligator strap.