Best known for being a manufacturer of master class marine chronometers and complicated mechanical watches, Ulysse Nardin, over the times, has impressed the watch lovers with the beautiful examples like the Royal Tourbillion, 2010 Marine Diver limited edition, and the Monaco 2011 executive dual time limited edition, to name a few. Now, the brand has unveiled its Classico Limited Edition Santa Maria wristwatch, which with its true artistry and unparalleled precision recounts the Christopher Columbus’ boldest sail merchant ship, the Santa Maria’s story of adventure.
Often appreciatively called the Gallant Maria by her crew members, the daring and regal Santa Maria vessel was used by the legendary explorer Christopher Columbus on its first expedition in 1492. Significantly larger than her two sisters, La Pinta and La Nina, this flagship vessel is proudly recognized as one of the world's most important ships in history for what she always represented, true fearlessness.
Using the ancient cloisonné technique, that too masterfully paired with the fine art of enameling, this masterful wristwatch pays the historic Santa Maria a gallantry tribute. The Ulysse Nardin’s master artisans have carefully crafted each and every detail in vivid color and to exact mechanical specifications. Further, a backdrop of deep blue color frames the glorious depiction of the ship with its proud sail and masts, a freely waving flag at its top, a splash of water from the greenish blue sea strongly coming up to meet the deep grain of the wooden ‘nao’.
Fearless like its namesake, the timepiece is painstakingly created, which required 50-odd working hours and 26 baking processes to complete each of the beautifully handcrafted cloisonné dial. Further, skilled enameller specialists individually craft the dial using the refined decorative technique of cloisonné that produces an unmistakable unique art work. Powered by the UN caliber 815 movement, this self-winding watch has been COSC Chronometer certified, and has a power reserve of a total of 42 hours, besides being water resistant to 50 meters.
With Classico Limited Edition Santa Maria, Ulysse Nardin has revived the lost decorative technique. Available in a limited edition of just 30 pieces, each of the timepiece boasts a 18kt rose gold and white gold in a case measuring 40mm with special AR-coated sapphire crystal.