For 2013, the aBlogtoWatch watch gift guide will take the form of an editor’s and contributor’s wish list. Some of the editorial team has gone ahead and chosen a few of the timepieces from last year that are really high on their list. These are mostly newer watches, but ones that should be available for purchase now. So for this holiday season you’ll get a good idea of what we’ve personally wanted, and we didn’t include crazy stuff that no one can get, even if they could afford it.
Topic | Ulysse Nardin
This year Ulysse Nardin changes the name of its Freak Diavolo watch to the “Freak Phantom.” I can’t say why that is, but I suspect it has to do with conservative types who take issue with the fact that a watch is called “devil.” That is the watch industry for you… What else has changed?
Now is probably a good time to review this mostly solid 18k rose gold version of the Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver watch. Why? Well, at the time of writing this article I’ve just returned from Russia where Ulysse Nardin is the top luxury watch brand. So, with those impressions in mind, I have a new way of appreciating the designs and ethos of the watch maker…
Yesterday in Monaco the Only Watch 2013 auction was held and the results are in. The event is meant to raise money for a medical charity, to which 100% of the proceeds go. Each of the watches submitted are totally unique and donated by the participating brands. People get very interested in the results, as it is not only a sign of the economy when it comes to Monaco’s wealthy elite…
In this roundup, we visit Parmigiani in Switzerland and also check out a bunch of new watches from Ulysses Nardin, MB&F and Bamford.
Out of the many watch brands we visited at Baselworld 2013 Ulysse Nardin stood out as having one of the most impressive and rich assortment of new watches. Among those were wild new Freak watches (two of them), a new in-house made chronograph movement (and watches to put them in), as well as this new limited edition Skeleton Tourbillon that also has a totally in-house made movement.
I will freely admit that for my money, the Ulysse Nardin Freak is on a short list of circa $100,000 watches I’d buy. I did not feel this way at first. When the original Freak came out over a decade ago it was named as such for a good reason. Not only was the design totally unconventional, but the concept of a mechanical movement that used silicon (silicium) instead of metal parts was practically heretical.
Are you curious about the Hyetis Crossbow smartwatch that ideally should make its Swiss way on wrists by the end of the year? So are we, and we delve right into it. We also discuss Mondaine’s new automatic and Ulysse Nardin’s new Freak watch models.
Most wristwatches made today are hardly state-of-the-art, but rather continue a tradition of watch making set in motion long ago. One reason many collectors are interested in vintage watches is because many of them represent important achievements in technology and functionality that we take for granted today.
In the fifth edition of our bi-weekly roundup, we check out Patek Philippe’s new Sky Moon tourbillon watch, the latest Vianney Halter masterpiece, learn about Rolex’s history, find out the truth of replica watches, take a look at Seiko high beat movements and take a lesson on the care and feeding about mechanical watches.
At Baselworld 2013 we sat down with CEO Patrik Hoffman of Ulysse Nardin to discuss their new watches and increasing developments to produce in-house movement for all of their watches. New for 2013 is an in-house made chronograph movement, as well as some surprisingly beautiful high-end piece. See our video with Mr. Hoffman and look out for coverage of new Ulysse Nardin watches soon.
The Only Watch 2013 charity watch auction which occurs every other year in Monaco is coming up in September of 2013. aBlogtoWatch has created a full list (that we will update as more watches for the auction are released) of all the piece unique (one-of-a-kind) timepieces that will be offered at the event.
The Ulysse Nardin Sonata is not a new watch, but these two models are the newest iteration thereof and referred to by Ulysse Nardin as the Sonata Streamline watches. Among high-end timepieces in the brand’s even most avant garde collections the Sonata is perhaps the least understood.
Thanks to watch maker Ulysse Nardin, The Night’s Watch now has a watch. Teaming up with HBO, Ulysse Nardin has produced a limited edition version of their Marine Diver for the Game of Thrones. The pre-mechanical fantasy medieval world now brought to life in the popular cable television show, now has a timepiece all their own.
Ulysse Nardin was an early proponent of modern celestial watches. In the 1990s the brand produced and pushed their Planetarium trilogy of watches that solely sought to reproduce in timepiece form unique devices meant to track and display the various cycles of the sky.
Best watches for the zombie apocalypse? We begin to discuss. Also some trouble with ultra expensive mobile phones, and a cool thing from Seiko. Listen to the HourTime Show watch podcast episode 124 here. Download the MP3.
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