Ulysse Nardin was launched in 1846, with their initial success through their highly accurate marine chronometers, which helped ships navigate the seas and oceans of the world. Today, they are still world-renowned for their full range of mechanical complications. They have never lost sight of their nautical heritage and always pay tribute to it with their creations.
Their most recent dedication is to Christopher Columbus’ most famous ship, the Santa Maria. This ship’s place in history is for fearlessly crossing the Atlantic Ocean, from Spain to to present-day Haiti on December 25th, 1492, where it was run aground. Through intricate enamel work, the Santa Maria now graces the dial of Ulysse Nardin’s Classico watch.
The Santa Maria limited edition watch uses the Classico 40mm case, made of either 18-karat rose and white gold, with a brown or signature blue leather strap. The movement within is the UN caliber 815, which has been COSC chronometer certified, with a power reserve of 42 hours. It uses anti-reflective sapphire crystal and is water resistant to 50 meters.
A painstaking 50 working hours and 26 baking processes were needed to hand-make the beautiful cloisonné enamel work dial, fitting for the seemingly impossible voyage that the Santa Maria undertook. Through the steady hand and expert skill of enamel specialists, only 30 pieces of the Santa Maria watch will be available.
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