Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture Grand Feu, Classico Rooster, & Hourstriker Pin-Up Watches

Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture Grand Feu, Classico Rooster, & Hourstriker Pin-Up Watches

Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture Grand Feu, Classico Rooster, & Hourstriker Pin-Up Watches Watch Releases

For SIHH 2017, Ulysse Nardin is bolstering its Classic collection with not one, not two, but three new watches. There is the Classico Manufacture with a grand feu enamel dial, the Classico Rooster that honors the upcoming Year of the Rooster, and finally, the Classico Hourstriker that chimes the hours and half-hours. Let us talk you through the three watches here.

Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture Grand Feu, Classico Rooster, & Hourstriker Pin-Up Watches Watch Releases

We begin with the new Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture Reference 3203-136-2/E3 that will come with a “grand feu” blue enamel dial. Grand feu is French for “great fire” and refers to a specific technique of preparing the enamel dial. It is trickier to execute because it involves adding more oxides onto the dial and then firing it until the desired colors and motifs appear.

Ulysse Nardin describes the Classico Manufacture Reference 3203-136-2/E3 as having a “translucid quality,” but without seeing the actual watch, it is hard to comment. But given Ulysse Nardin’s mastery of the arts and track record, we have high expectations. The other thing about enamel is that its colors do not fade, which means that the Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture Reference 3203-136-2/E3 will retain its blue hue for decades to come.

The Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture Reference 3203-136-2/E3 comes in a 40mm stainless steel case and is water resistant to 30 meters. Case thickness is just 9.6mm, making the watch an excellent choice for dressier occasions.

The Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture Reference 3203-136-2/E3 is powered by the in-house Caliber UN-320, which is self-winding and has a silicon hairspring and Ulysse Nardin’s special anchor escapement.

Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture Grand Feu, Classico Rooster, & Hourstriker Pin-Up Watches Watch Releases

2017 will see the coming of the Year of the Rooster, and to mark this occasion, Ulysse Nardin will be releasing the Classico Rooster watch. It comes in a 40mm 18k rose gold case and features an intricately crafted dial featuring an enamel rooster. The rooster is crafted using the champlevé technique, in which the dial is carved to form pits where enamel can be added. From the press photos we have received, the rooster looks absolutely brilliant, and we can’t wait to see the actual watch at SIHH 2017.

The Ulysse Nardin Classico Rooster is limited to just 88 pieces and is powered by Ulysse Nardin’s self-winding Caliber UN-815, which is also COSC-certified. Water resistance is 50 meters.

Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture Grand Feu, Classico Rooster, & Hourstriker Pin-Up Watches Watch Releases

Finally, we have the Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Pin-Up. Ulysse Nardin’s Hourstriker watches are some of the most provocative (just take a look at the possibly NSFW Hourstriker Erotica Jarretiere) and this new Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Pin-Up is no different.

In the Hourstriker Pin-Up, we have a dancer in suggestive pumps, flowers in her hair, and covered by little more than a peacock. And when the hourstriker function is activated, the peacock’s wings will sweep to reveal the dancer behind.

The dancer is brought to life using acrylic paint that is applied and mixed directly onto the dial. And according to Ulysse Nardin, each dancer takes around 50 to 90 hours to complete.

The Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Pin-Up comes in a 43mm 18k rose gold or platinum case, and water resistance is rated at 30 meters. The movement within is the self-winding Caliber UN-610, which provides 42 hours of power reserve and has the hourstriking mechanism that chimes the hours and half-hours. The Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Pin-Up is limited to 28 pieces.

The Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture is priced at $8,500. The Ulysse Nardin Classico Rooster is $41,700 and limited to 88 pieces. Finally, the Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Pin-Up is $103,300 in rose gold and $124,200 in platinum and limited to 28 pieces. ulysse-nardin.com

  • TrevorXM

    Ulysse Nardin better hope that these sell fast. Donald Trump is about to the put the brakes on hard for the Chinese economy.

  • BrJean

    How about a cockfight? This one versus Vacheron Constantin Rooster (http://www.ablogtowatch.com/vacheron-constantin-metiers-d-art-legend-chinese-zodiac-year-rooster-watch ).

    Place your bets!

  • What’s with watchmakers and cocks?

    • Bill W

      Only every twelfth year do they go crazy for cocks. Then they push it hard.

      • Lincolnshire Poacher

        phnaar phnaar

  • Cheeky – veeeeeery cheeky.

  • SuperStrapper

    What are the pushers for on the pinup model? It looks like there is a button/slider on the left side of the case which I want to assume is for the chime, but then what do the chronograph-style pushers do?

    Also: in before some hardcase puffs his chest out because there are only marketing images available.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    The blue enamel face is absolutely gorgeous. It must look amazing in natural sunlight.
    No cock jokes here. I have some decorum.

    • Bill W

      So you would or would not put these into your super-boring cockbox?

  • DR

    “And according to Ulysse Nardin, each dancer takes around 50 to 90 hours to complete.”

    Can you imagine listening to 90 hours of Lil Wayne while she eventually gets around to it?

    A milli a milli a milli a… Sod this, I’m off to get breakfast.

  • DanW94

    I like the Classico but you’d really have to see that dial in person to fully appreciate it. The other two, not exactly my style, but there’s some visual appeal nonetheless.

  • 200 Fathoms

    The Pin-Up…a classy one to pass down through the generations.

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    Classico has a lovely treatment on the dial. I wonder if they chose white for the date wheel as they thought it might be hard to match the tone of the paint with enamel. Hands are a little insubstantial but okay.
    Although the cock and pin-up are beautifully executed, that doesn’t stop them being a little tacky. A repeater is a lovely movement, seems a shame to dress it up like so. Are the 0.001% all tasteless noveaus’? As S’Straper says what are the chrono ‘style’ pushers on the case for. They’re rather large, it would have looked more elegant without.

    • Marius

      The Hourstriker Pin-Up is a Jacquemart. In other words, the animated figures move in concert with the sound of the gong striking the hours (this can occur every hour, or on request). The figures move in synchronization with the hammer hitting the gong. The striking function can be activated/deactivated by pressing the pusher situated above the crown.

      If you look at the dial, you will see that at the 2 o’clock position there are two golden dots, slightly touching the wing of that bird (I mean the actual bird, not the dancer). When the bird`s wing touches the upper dot means that the striking is deactivated. When the wing touches the lower dot means that the striking mechanism is activated.

      • Lincolnshire Poacher

        That’s fairly amusing, the girl gets out the décolletage every time the horn, sorry I mean gong goes. Its a nice touch with the on/off pointer too.
        I like a pair of… Well anyway. I still wouldn’t want them on a beautifully made dress watch. It would severely limit the type of situation you can wear it too. I mean really? – didn’t we sort of grow out of this when we were teenagers. Or then again.

      • Bill W

        Actually, Marius, I believe it’s a Jacquemoff.

  • srs144

    The blue dial piece – please kill the date on that model UN, please

  • Bill W
  • Yojimbo

    if you could set it for the bird’s wing to raise at certain times to reveal her breasts that would become a grail watch for me because hells yeah I have owned several dozen of these over the years –> https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/92a6669b4a34e13f573b6b1b4737cf1ba7647172463d3113764b3d2be3627377.jpg

    • Sheez Gagoo

      Loved these pens.Had one, but they were stolen all the time.

  • Bill W

    If I drop over 100K and find out that the dancer is wearing Grand Feu pasties…so help me God, Ulysse Nardin. So help me God!

  • wallydog2

    If I were a South-East Asian gangster…

  • IG

    Apple should do a special edition Watch for SIHH 2017 that plays midget porn (small screen…) on its dial. That would be a proper technoliberal answer to UN’s old school mechanical erotique.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Edelporn

  • Pœrtöle DuFèr

    In honour of the recent US election, the next Hourstriker Pin-Up scene d’amour must surely be Hillary Clinton’s delicately lined body being coyly covered up by Donald Trump’s slightly undersized hands. She would be depicted on the dial standing at a slight angle as a playful reference to her ‘Crooked Hillary’ soubriquet, whilst Trump’s hands would shuffle aimlessly back and forth as time passed, much as they do in real life.

    • The Reclusive Boogur T. Wang

      Bill Clinton* wants to have a short talk with you.

  • Berndt Norten

    It’s been nearly two weeks since I’ve had me some Shake n Bake. And … where is the latest Richard Mille or Hublot or HYT??

  • ??????

    Well, these are lovely. I find all these Swiss erotic stuff a bit tacky, but these aren’t bad. And Ulysse Nardin Classico Rooster looks supreme. Anyway, these aren’t made as pieces for wearing them regularly.

  • Yanko

    The date on the blue dialed version is disturbing.

  • Jerry Mathers

    They should make a destro version of the peep show model for those who use their left hand for…never mind.

  • Jerry Davis

    Other than the blue one, I would never wear something like this.

  • Ulysses31

    The blue is the best. The one with the cock in it’s face is decent too, though hard to read. The one with the pin-up (who isn’t even remotely sexy, unlike the ones on all those old bombers) looks like it was copied from some clipart. It’s too garish and crudely implemented to look good.

  • The Reclusive Boogur T. Wang

    Looks like this should be a Holiday offering from JS Watch Co., in Reykjavik, Iceland….;)