Ulysse Nardin Classic Sonata Watch

Ulysse Nardin Classic Sonata Watch

Ulysse Nardin Classic Sonata Watch Watch Releases

If anyone new to watches were to ask me to describe the brand Ulysse Nardin in just a few words, I would definitely say that they are forward-looking, technical, and aesthetically bold. One example of this is their iconic Freak watch. It was one of the earliest watches to use silicon in the movement, and even today it looks unlike anything else on the market. In fact, the same can be said for many of Ulysse Nardin’s other watches because of their unique design language. And the latest watch to join the stable is the Ulysse Nardin Classic Sonata.

Don’t be fooled by its diminutive-sounding name, the Ulysse Nardin Classic Sonata is no dress watch. It has a large 44mm stainless steel case with a titanium bezel and case back, thick lugs, large pushers, and two big crowns. We’ll get into the two crowns in a moment.

Ulysse Nardin Classic Sonata Watch Watch Releases

The dial is blue, which is a popular color these days, with mixed finishes. The center portion is striped, while the outer ring is solid and lined with polished and faceted hour markers that remind me of the tips of spears. The dial is kind of busy, so let’s begin at the top. At 1 o’clock is a large sub-dial for the alarm, which features hour and minute hands so that it can be set precisely. There’s also a power reserve gauge for the alarm complication within the subdial, and at 10 o’clock of the watch's main dial there is the alarm’s on/off indicator. Adjustment of the alarm is done using the second crown at 9 o'clock. The first crown at 3 o'clock is used to set the time on the main dial.

Ulysse Nardin Classic Sonata Watch Watch Releases

Speaking of the alarm, it isn’t a simple alarm that buzzes, it’s a cathedral gong and hammer, which is similar to that of a minute repeater and also means a more complex and melodic sounding alarm. And if that’s not enough, the alarm also synchronizes with the dual-time dial, so you can just leave it as is when traveling. The dual-time display is at 6 o’clock, and it can be adjusted forward and backward using the pushers at 4 and 8 o’clock. And finally, there’s also a big-date complication, which resides at 4 o’clock. Told you it was a busy dial.

Ulysse Nardin Classic Sonata Watch Watch Releases

The movement within is Ulysse Nardin’s in-house manufacture automatic caliber UN-67. Since Ulysse Nardin was one of the pioneers of using silicon in watch movements, it’s no wonder that the caliber UN-67 features numerous silicon components, including the hairspring, integrated safety pin, and impulse finger. The caliber UN-67 also features a special patented inertial oscillator, which can be viewed from the dial side through a little aperture at 7:30. The caliber UN-67 provides 42 hours of power reserve.

Ulysse Nardin Classic Sonata Watch Watch Releases

The brand says that the new Ulysse Nardin Classic Sonata watch combines “classical beauty with stunningly functional complications.” While the second part of the statement is certainly accurate, I’m not so sure of the first. The Ulysse Nardin Classic Sonata does combine two very useful complications together - alarm and dual-time - but the design isn’t what I would call “classical beauty.” It’s definitely more sporty, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It just depends on your personal preferences. For me, the new Ulysse Nardin Classic Sonata is yet another bold, distinctive, and technically interesting watch from one of the most inventive watch brands around. The Ulysse Nardin Classic Sonata is limited to just 99 pieces and is priced at $28,000. ulysse-nardin.com

What do you think?
  • I want it! (8)
  • I love it! (4)
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  • Beefalope

    What’s with the renderings? Where’s the watch?

    Ulysse Nardin is all over the place, alternating between making really cool watches and disgusting watches. This looks really cool.

    • word-merchant

      …if it even exists.

      • The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

        Well, there is that.

        **edit added**
        Perhaps this is just some the design group just decided to “float” out and see what the opinions about it might be.

        • Raymond Wilkie

          Here’s hoping they heed our words and don’t bother. ,……………i know they won’t.

  • Dinkee, H. O.

    I’m thinking about launching my own watch brand. There won’t ever be an actual watch but only renders. I think I can get away with maybe half-a-dozen virtual “watches” over about a year with publicity from all the blogs who are rivals to mine and make them look like a bunch of chumps. Should I go for it?

    • word-merchant

      Definitely, as long as there are pilots, real or imagined. For a small fee, I can come up with some sort of lame-assed back story if you have need.

  • Love it! I’ll never afford it, but I love it.

  • DanW94

    The dial arrangement is a bit messy, but it offers some nice complications (big date, enhanced alarm sound, dual time). I’ll reserve further judgement on it’s looks until we can see actual photos.
    On an unrelated note, it appears Mr. Yeo is now so recognizable he no longer needs a surname. He’s joined the pantheon of the uber famous such as Rihanna, Madonna, Prince or Cher. He’s simply Kenny….

    • The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

      I prefer – The YEOMAN

  • Pretty sure this is one of those things that enchants you in person but is hard to connect to when its a soundless render!

    • mattron

      Not that I am questioning, but I see statements like this all the time. How do you tell if it is rendered?

      • I might not be using the right term, because I am not suggesting that the watch exists only on a computer. It does exist; check out @equationdutemps on IG and you will see it in the real world. What I mean is that the official images are often so immaculate and perfect, that the ‘real’ essence of the watch can get lost. I find that it’s always worth holding off on dismissing a watch until you see it in the flesh.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Messy and cramped. Outrageous price.

  • From the cram it wherever school of design?

  • Ulysses31

    Quite ugly. Not what i’ve come to expect from UN.

  • Larry Holmack

    The dial just has too much on it! I love UN usually……just not this one.

  • thecouchguy

    Not sure how I feel about this one, think i wanna see it in the flesh. Not that they would let me in the store without renting a suit first.

  • Bill W

    That stark white background lets you know that this is the real deal.

  • The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

    While it is indeed a masterful execution of design, technology and manufacture; this is, IMO, just too much info being deemed necessary.
    It is just too imposing at a glance to regard as much more than a “display cabinet” piece.

  • SuperStrapper

    Lots of distaste regarding the design here I see, but I love it. Would really like to see a photo. The dial is busy, but purposely, and the asymmetry is welcome with me. Considering the complications, in-house movement from a reknown maker and innovator of world-class watch movements with an actual, credible history, I think this is a ton of watch for under $30k.

  • laup nomis

    Ive got to agree with Beefalope, its impossible to make any kind of judgement about a watch from renders. And as others have pointed out, if they’re making the watch why not show it. Are they ashamed of it?
    Its got some interesting complications, and it will be interesting to see how they fit it all in. Looking forward to seeing some pictures of it when its made.

  • ??????

    Kinda busy, but I don’t get a headache from looking at it. There is even some kind of harmony in all that mess.

  • Bill W

    Inspired by Hyundai and its motorsport heritage.

  • Prodig

    Sorry but no WOW factor here! I’ve known better from Ulysse Nardin.


    Looks rather butch but that is just me. The anchor just annoys me but the rest of the virtual watch looks nice. No doubt it would have to be seen in the metal.

  • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

    Normally I would be put off by the white color date wheel however here it seems to work with the white luminova and the blue theme. But as pointed out by multiple people before me it’s hard to judge by renders only. It also seems to be a pretty good value for all the complications that are going on here.

  • Shinytoys

    Did Kenny forget his last name:)? I
    love this watch. UN ROCKS!!!

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Adore this brand for some pieces but this dial is a mess. There are three different hand designs, the subdial cuts into the date window, the subdials have strange proportions and positions on the dial and I`m not a fan of second hands on dials without second indizes. And why are there screws at the alarm subdial? Weird piece. I may just not understand there design phiosophy, if there is any.