Ulysse Nardin X Devialet
A Watchmaker and High-End Speaker Company Teamed Up on this Chiming Watch
In one of the most compelling collabs in recent memory, Swiss luxury watchmaker Ulysse Nardin has teamed up with French sound system manufacturer Devialet for a new chiming watch. Given that a minute repeater requires significant acoustic engineering, it follows that Devialet could offer its expertise on a watch such as the new Classico Hour Striker Phantom, which sounds the time on demand, on the hour and half-hour. Both companies are technologically forward-thinking, which is further reflected in the new timepiece’s design.
For the time being, we’ll have to take the brand’s word for it that the watch offers a “unique sound experience.” Devialet’s founder Emmanuel Nardin (yes, he is in fact related to the founder of Ulysse Nardin) co-developed the Hour Striker Phantom watch, and it’s said to differ from traditional chiming mechanisms in a number of technical ways. The result is a watch that chimes at 85 decibels. This is loud, and you’ll be able to hear it above a din — but it might also be somewhat startling in, say, a quiet office. Luckily you can easily turn it on and off. The brand claims it’s “the best performance ever recorded on a striking watch.”
Among other things (including marine chronometers and technical, avant-garde Freak watches), Ulysse Nardin is known for its striking (chiming) watches. This one, however, has a much more contemporary feel than the many classically styled striking watches in the brand’s Classico collection. In polished titanium and measuring 43mm wide, the dial features a pattern found on the Devialet Phantom speakers which references vibratory waves. The Ulysse Nardin X Devialet Classico Hour Striker Phantom watch is limited to 85 pieces with a price of $72,500 each.
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