Million Dollar Baby: Hands On With the Ulysse Nardin Royal Blue Tourbillon Watch

Million Dollar Baby: Hands On With the Ulysse Nardin Royal Blue Tourbillon Watch

Million Dollar Baby: Hands On With the Ulysse Nardin Royal Blue Tourbillon Watch   hands on

At a certain point wealth becomes a mere number. Is there a huge different between a person worth 5 billion or 10 billion dollars? To them yes, but in the scheme of things perhaps not. Once you exceed a certain numerical limit, the figures all blend together like impressionist art — you know what you are looking at but the fine details are less important.

Wearing the Ulysse Nardin Royal Blue Tourbillon, I forget the numbers behind the name. It is a wildly expensive timepiece that is so far out of most people’s reach — the price no longer matters. Diamonds and sapphires cover the 950 platinum watch case that comes with a manually wound movement made mostly from sapphire crystal, and carries a price tag of $1,000,000. “Pretty nice” I remark as I model it on my wrist. See the video below as taken by John Biggs, with whom I do the HourTime Show podcast. You can hear me at the ending asking for the price.

 

Million Dollar Baby: Hands On With the Ulysse Nardin Royal Blue Tourbillon Watch   hands on

I previously wrote about the Royal Blue Tourbillon here (where you can get more technical details). The timepieces is a statement-making watch for both the wearer and Ulysse Nardin as a brand. Without trying to piss off Ulysse Nardin, I am going to go out on a limb and suggest that this watch doesn’t need to cost a million dollars for Ulysse Nardin to make a profit. Instead, it is a sign that they can charge it. Popular among demographic groups with lots of money, the limited edition watch will enjoy sales — I know it.

Million Dollar Baby: Hands On With the Ulysse Nardin Royal Blue Tourbillon Watch   hands on

Million Dollar Baby: Hands On With the Ulysse Nardin Royal Blue Tourbillon Watch   hands on

Aside from being able to admire the large baguette cut diamonds and sapphires, I am impressed by the complex beauty of the flying tourbillion movement. Synthetic sapphire crystal cut in such shapes is prone to breaking during the manufacturing process. After the pieces are cut and remain in intact, they are less brittle. Ulysse Nardin mixes clear and blue sapphire crystals for the bridges of the movement, while creating a sort of “trick” winding system that has a ring around the movement that turns on several gears while winding the watch via the crown. The flying tourbillion looks just great. It is almost suspended in appearance and has a large sapphire in the middle of it. The bubbly hands aren’t super easy to see, buy they are there. This is a watch after all, but not one meant to have visibility necessary for tactical night missions.

Million Dollar Baby: Hands On With the Ulysse Nardin Royal Blue Tourbillon Watch   hands on

The use of baguette cut blue sapphire crystals on the side of the bracelet and case is neat. It adds shape and depth to the design. One thing I really admire about the piece is that it isn’t designed as a crude showpiece for precious stones. Instead, the Royal Blue Tourbillon is designed to look like a relatively ordinary watch, but precious gems are used where metal might otherwise be — and then of course there is the less-than-ordinary movement. Overall the presentation of the watch is clever, and a hard trick to pull off. This watch doesn’t reek of bad taste as you might except a watch utterly covered with diamonds to possibly exhibit. Aside from giving my insurance agent a potential heart attack, I would gladly tote this watch around on my wrist proudly.

Quality is nice, and the exclusive, in-house movement impresses me. Ulysse Nardin might not have the finishing you’d find on a Patek Philippe, but it does have a heaps more character. For a showy watch that is tastefully glitzy, this Royal Blue Tourbillon is a member of a very small club. ulysse-nardin.com



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19 comments
kavasutra
kavasutra

yall are just hating on homie cuz he got to wear it. I have the only UN boutique in North America down the road from my crib. I too have worn this watch. however it was not the same strap. I wore it with a leather strap. price was only 280k usd. its beautiful.

Peter M.
Peter M.

Hi Ariel, as an AD, I had the chance to admire this exceptional timepiece in Basel. It is absolutely GORGEOUS!!
I'm very curious though...why do you bother to post some of these very poor taste comments...they're really sick. It just lets everyone know these people (whoever they are)don't have a dime to spend so they complain about the people that do.

Santo Versace
Santo Versace

One Word for Ulysse Nardin ... ugly ! If I can ask IT!

Kris C
Kris C

As one that is usually attracted to nothing but blatently masculine watches, I feel like I must not be seeing something that everyone else is. Or maybe I see something they don't?
This will never win a "manly watch of the year" award, but I don't see anything feminine about it either. I probably said as much when this piece was first on display here. Yeah, it's got a lot of diamonds (at least 4 of them, thats when I stopped counting), and I think they added a few sapphires too, but I think it's the 100% baguette cut that steers it away from being a giant girls watch. Unlike the junk jewellery lookalike that Birdman bought in an earlier article.
I'm not a huge fan of the hands used, but they are unmistakenly UN, and as such, very fitting.

So, now UN makes 2 pieces I'll have to save up for. I have a big pile of loonies under my bed that I've been hoarding for a Double Freak, I just havn't seen one in a store anywhere.

Witch Watch
Witch Watch

Personally speaking i think it's a stunning piece, a tad feminine yes, and the hands are a bit useless but the case,movement and the materials used are executed beautifully.

Ivan Y
Ivan Y

It's far from the gaudiest piece ever, but can you imagine how killer it would look if they replaced all diamonds with, say, platinum?

P.S. Out of curiosity, what was involved in getting UN to allow you to wear it? Was there a crew of people restricting your arm to make sure you don't swing too wildly and accidentally damage it? ;)

pat I.
pat I.

The Greek Diner of watches...

pat I.
pat I.

Little known ltheory of Micro economics:

It takes a million dollar watch to pick up a 20 dollar h**ker.

pat I.
pat I.

Ariel -

Why do you post this stuff? You know full well I'm going to post something obnoxious and smarmy and reveal my location in the Witness Protection Program...

OK - here it goes. Take your pick:

My cab driver loved it, but his seeing eye dog didn't.

Where did the man responsible for this thing study watch design - Caesar's Palace?

It always pays to be on the street corner when the drug dealer dies.

Perfect watch when capturing moose and squirrel.

Last time I saw a watch like that it had a severed arm attached to it.

Say hello to my little friend.

Movie Idea: Ulysse Does South Jersey

A watch grows in Bensonhurst.

Hey - Ariel Liberace called - he wants his watch back.

Thank you and goodnight!

Franklin
Franklin

I like the baguettes but I agree that this piece is WAY over the top. I also thought it looked quite feminine on the wrist as well.

Mike
Mike

Isn't Ulysse Nardin the French phrase for "useless nards"?

arthur
arthur

ugly, tacky and far too feminine.

Ulysses
Ulysses

It's a monstrosity. Coming soon to the wrist of a tasteless rap musician near you. A shame, to surround a fine movement in such gaudy crap. Rather feminine-looking too.

Duo
Duo

I'm afraid I'll have to side with John Biggs and his proletariat sensibilities on this one. Although I have no problems with wealth and people who have it, something about a watch like this just doesn't add up for me.

Simeon Weinraub
Simeon Weinraub

If I ever stop procrastinating, and finally get my drug cartel going, I now know exactly which watch to get myself as a symbol to the world that I have finally made it!

admin
admin

Peter, thanks for your well-intentioned comment. Unless a comment is clearly SPAM I won't delete it. Websites that delete comments they don't like engage in unrealistic censorship and ruin a free sense of discourse. My readers are very smart people and will be able to make decisions for themselves, despite commentary that anyone can make. I don't want to be like many other watch websites that censor comments and edit those that offer negative remarks or endorse competition. That isn't in the spirit of offering a resource for consumers. We don't work in a world without criticism, and that even applies to high-end items. Thanks and take care.

admin
admin

Usually people let me wear a watch if I want to. I just ask.

admin
admin

And yet, if the watch was to magically be in your possession...

Peter M
Peter M

Hi Ariel, I agree with you,freedom of expression is good. Maybe I'm being to harsh...I don't mean to. Thanks for responding. Be well!
We shall see what next months Basel will bring us. Maybe we'll run into each other.