Ulysse Nardin has unveiled a limited edition Classic Tourbillon Falcon in the UAE that pays tribute to the regional tradition of falconry. The white gold timepiece is a limited edition of just eight and will be available in the country over the Eid break.
The falcon is a much-used motif in the watch world when it comes to Middle East or UAE-specific limited editions. While falconry as a sport has been popular with Emiratis and Arabs in general, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founding father and first President of the UAE, put in place pioneering initiatives to preserve the bird and the sport for posterity.
The watch uses a 44-mm-wide 18K white gold case water-resistant to 30 meters. The dial employs the traditional cloisonné enamel technique. For the uninitiated, cloisonné enamel involves the use of soldering fine wire to create the raised outlines, which are then filled with enamel, fired, filed and polished to leave the wire borders uncolored.
Cloisonné comes from the French word meaning ‘compartments’. Each dial in this series is handcrafted and it takes up to 50 hours just to create the compartments of the dial.
The enamel dial depicts the desert at sunrise with a falcon – wings spread – about to land on the welcoming arm of an Arab wearing the traditional kandoura (the flowing white robe worn by Arab men). A flying tourbillion is visible via a cut-out in the dial at 6 o’ clock. A power reserve indicator is laid out along the edge of this cut-out.
The UN-178 manufacture movement powers this watch. Featuring a flying tourbillon and the brand’s patented silicon Anchor Escapement, the hand-wound movement has a power reserve of over 7 days. The slow-beat movement (2.5 Hz or 18,000 vph) uses 29 jewels and is finished in the finest haute horology traditions.
It is paired with a black alligator leather strap with a deployant buckle. Like we mentioned before, the watch is limited to just 8 pieces and is priced at CHF89,000 (Approx. AED331,985 based on today’s exchange rate).