Uniting traditional watch-making with the fine art of hand-engraved Jaquemarts, Swiss luxury watch manufacture Ulysse Nardin has unveiled a new limited timepiece named Jazz Minute Repeater.
As the name of the watch suggests, it celebrates the musical genre of jazz; a charming and vibrant yet complex type of music brought to the stage by African Americans in the early 1900s, fusing African-based music with European harmony and form elements.
For the Jazz Minute Repeater, the artist applied 18-carat gold “musicians” to a genuine black onyx dial. When the minute repeater lever is activated, the hours, quarters and minutes, or a combination of these units, chime, and the band begins its show, playing along with the time.
As much a chiming instrument as it is a timekeeper, the minute repeater is considered one of the most difficult watches to create. And for the connoisseur, a minute repeater is a dream come true, for time is not only seen, but it is also heard.
Inside the watch is the Swiss manual-wind Ulysse Nardin in-house caliber UN-74 movement, with a power reserve of 36 hours. The Jazz Minute Repeater, a result of remarkable watch-making skills, will be produced in a limited-edition of 18 pieces in platinum.