The Classico Limited Edition Santa Maria by Ulysse Nardin

By Paul Joseph

Swiss luxury watch-maker Ulysee Nardin has released a stunning new timepiece inspired by the merchant ship used by the explorer Christopher Columbus during his first expedition in 1492.

Limited to just 30 pieces, each in 18-karat rose gold and white gold, the Classico Santa Maria required more than 50 working hours and 26 baking processes to complete each handmade cloisonné dial.

The refined decorative technique of cloisonné is considered one of the most intricate artistic disciplines, combing a mix of skill and steady hand.

On the dial is a backdrop of deep blue that frames a depiction of the ship, with a splash of water coming up from the greenish blue sea to meet the deep grain of the wooden cargo ship.

The self-winding watch is powered by the UN caliber 815 movement that has been COSC Chronometer certified and has a power reserve of 42 hours.

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

By Paul Joseph