The Ulysse Nardin Classico Schooner America timepiece as launched to commemorate the 19th-century yacht famous for sailing’s most prestigious regatta, the America’s Cup. It is a nod to the Swiss watchmaker’s maritime legacy—one the brand is known for through its collaboration with Sweden’s Artemis Racing team in its bid to win the competition’s 35th running in 2017.
The new model is set within a case of 18-karat white or rose gold with the dial depicting the gaff schooner America sailing to glory for the New York Yacht Club in 1851. After the inaugural competition, both the trophy and the race itself were subsequently renamed after the victorious vessel. In the background talented craftsmen have painted England’s Isle of Wight—the circumnavigation of which composed the original course. The entire nautical composition is presented in enamel cloisonné (produced in-house by the manufacturer’s own artisans at Donzé Cadrans) and is the result of 26 meticulous specific processes along with 50 hours of craftsmanship.
Only 30 examples of the automatic watch will be made and each will have a 42-hour power reserve. Price for the limited edition timepieces is $39,800 each. Sailing enthusiasts are sure to be mesmerized by the intricate detailing and exquisite workmanship of the Ulysse Nardin Classico Schooner America as it makes a statement of both a casual, free-loving lifestyle and luxurious class that few can afford.
In the world of marine chronometers, the partnership between the Swiss watchmaker and the Artemis Racing Team has produced piece of bespoke quality and value – a worth-while addition to the modern plethora of modern watches with a nod to a historic event.