While BaselWorld wrapped up four months ago in March, we are finally starting to see some of those great unveilings making their way to stores. Among them: Ulysse Nardin’s new Anchor escapement tourbillon. Translated in French as whirlwind, the tourbillon escapement is one of the most beautiful complexities, thanks to the continually rotating components. Essentially the tourbillon escapement is a device that compensates for the errors in timekeeping due to the effects of gravity when the wrist is in different positions. It is one of the most impressive feats in haute horology today.
The proprietary movement — made in house by the brand after eight years of research and development — offers the Ulysse Constant Anchor Escapement, with tourbillon, eight days of power reserve and extended wear resistance thanks to the high-tech silicium and DIAMonSil components.
The watch deftly combines the brand’s Anchor Escapement with tourbillon for a patented mechanical masterpiece. The entire Ulysse Anchor escapement (with flat springs to create constant force) is made of silicium, and represents an all-new watchmaking approach to building a constant-force escapement. Constant force, for those who may not be fully aware, means that the force, or power ,that runs the watch is consistently released at all points in time (most watches release power strongly at initial wind up and less efficiently at the end of their life span).
This watch — housing the UN 178 caliber — also incorporates a 60-second tourbillon cage (that weighs o.4 grams). The watch is offered in either 18-karat rose or white gold with a Grand Feu enamel dial. Just 18 pieces of each will be made.