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Watch Of The Week: Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon Blue

Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon Blue

Ulysse Nardin and the avant garde go hand in hand; take away their traditional marine chronometers and you’re left with a uniquely characterful collection of pieces in the same vein as the phenomenal Freak. Within that collection the Executive Skeleton Tourbillon Blue fits perfectly.

The Executive has a bit of everything. Not only is the dial minimally skeletonised, leaving the in-house movement open to inspection, but the watch includes a flying tourbillon at six o’clock. It’s certainly not the first watch to include both those things but few have managed to pull it off with quite as much flair.
Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon Blue

Despite the name suggesting an office desk and board meetings the lightweight titanium case is actually quite sporty with its triple-pronged lugs and grips on the crown. There’s also a ceramic bezel for a touch of added durability, not to mention the stunning blue colour unique to this edition. That sportiness however stops at the case – which sits at a not-insubstantial 45mm.

Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon Blue

The dial instead is far from technical using just three oversized roman numerals. The centre is given over to a rectangle which frames the hands like a photograph which is certainly a bold design move, not least of which because of the difficulty. The numerals and central rectangle are all independent elements that need to be supported individually.

Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon Blue

Fortunately it pays off; the three dimensional dial is spectacular. The result is a wonderfully off-kilter piece that showcases Ulysse Nardin’s signature flair in a more minimal way that we’ve come to expect from the watchmaker. The fact that it’s just €38,000 – far less than most flying tourbillions you’re likely to find – helps too. And who doesn’t like blue?

Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon Blue

Connoisseur’s Corner

  • 45mm titanium case with ceramic bezel
  • Skeleton dial with flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock
  • Hand- wound UN 171 movement with silicon escapement and balance spring
  • 170 hour power reserve
  • Carbon fibre-patterned leather strap
  • Price: €38,000

For more information: www.ulysse-nardin.com

About the author

Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.