You’ll surely have a BLAST when Ulysse Nardin comes knocking with its latest collection of watches. The Swiss watchmaker has proven time and again that it’s capable of creating brilliant timepieces. The Freak X is one such example, showcasing its design prowess to go with its intricate mechanics. Its latest collection, simply known as BLAST, brings us on a journey of extreme proportions.
The inspiration behind this latest collection centres around fire and ice; magma and glaciers; violent lava eruptions and cascading ice shelves. With four distinct models, each watch bears a striking resemblance to each natural disaster. Its design is eye-catching from the start; bold, muscular, and sharp, the structure of the watch is reminiscent of a stealth aircraft. Ulysse Nardin’s designers have restyled and rebuilt the watch horns into something more angular and geometric, almost like the sharp wings on a furtive aircraft.
Much like its other collections similar to the Diver X, the BLAST will wear its “X” proudly and prominently. It’s framed within a rectangle, which is also framed within a circle, creating a shape-within-shape-within-shape geometry. At its core, you’ll find the recently fashioned UN-172 movement (an evolution of the UN-171 movement) with a three-day power reserve. Its skeletonised body allows you to admire the inner workings of the timepiece, which also includes an automatic tourbillon.
At the 12 o’clock marker, you’ll find an all-new, tiny yet powerful platinum micro-rotor that is only visible on the front. Turn over to the back and you’ll find the distinctive “X” once more, which helps clamp the movement together to create a “secret-agent style” sandwich. Ulysse Nardin has also included its latest patented technology into its new butterfly clasp. This self-deploying buckle will release itself with just one click while its three-blade system opens in a synchronised manner, allowing you to put it on single-handedly.
Be sure to scroll through above and check out what makes each timepiece from the BLAST collection different.
All images courtesy of Ulysse Nardin.