Swiss manufacture Ulysse Nardin released a new iteration of the 2017 Executive Skeleton Tourbillon – the brand’s open-worked lightweight tourbillon line - at the star studded opening ceremony of the 71st Cannes International Film Festival last week. The new timepiece is called the Executive Skeleton Tourbillon Hyperspace features fine micro and miniature painting techniques with striking colour combinations and is inspired by a very pop culture artefact.
This model’s name is a nod to the Millennium Falcon piloted by Hans Solo and Chewbacca in Star Wars. The radiating pattern is inspired by the view Hans and Chewy enjoyed as they blitzed their way through hyperspace. The devil is in the details and there’s plenty of the latter here. The characteristic rectangle of the Executive skeleton depicts this illusion of radiating streamlined speed, which has been painted by hand using a delicate brush the width of an eyelash.
Individual nuances in the design can only be seen under a microscope, making room for infinite colour variations for the wearer. The same myriad of colours can be observed on a track on the outermost edge of the dial. Oversized Roman numerals at three, six, nine and 12 o’clock, sword markers and a raised rectangular bridge, accentuate the interstellar theme.
The absence of a traditional dial allows for a clear view of the skeletonized movement of the Executive Skeleton Tourbillon Hyperspace, powered by the brand’s in-house calibre UN-171, equipped with a flying silicium tourbillon and a seven day power reserve. The 23 jewel movement, powered by a “hyperspace” flying tourbillon visible at six o’clock, operates at a frequency of 18,000 vph (2.5 Hz).
This 45 mm model is made of lightweight titanium, water resistant up to 30 meters, features a sapphire crystal caseback and is fitted with a black leather strap with a carbon-fiber-like embossed pattern. Combining art and haute horology, the Hyperspace made its debut on the Promenade de la Croisette at Cannes.
This watch is available at a price of $46,074 (AED 169,206)