The 2014 Classico Horse Timepiece by Ulysse Nardin

By Paul Joseph

Ulysse Nardin, the world renowned Swiss watch brand, has created a striking new limited edition timepiece with an equestrian theme to mark the Chinese Year of the Horse.

Limited to just 88 pieces, the 2014 Classico Horse features a 40mm 180-karat rose gold case with an enamel champlevé horses motif dial.

Enamelling was performed by renowned dial-enameller manufacturer Donzé Cadrans, who used the intricate champlevé method, where cells are carved with a chisel directly on the dial.

They are then filled with enamel in a earth-tone palette of black white, tan, gray and green, created from different metallic oxides. Finally, the piece is fired until the enamel melts and is polished when the surface cools.

The Classico Horse also features the self-winding UN-815 movement, visible through its sapphire crystal exhibition window on the case back.

Other notable features include a blue alligator leather strap with a 18-karat rose gold tang buckle, a power reserve of around 42 hours, and water resistance to 50 metres.

Ulysse Nardin was founded in Le Locle, Switzerland in 1846.

By Paul Joseph