Ulysse Nardin introduces the Sparkling Free Wheel. Diamonds, diamonds, and more diamonds adorn this watchmaking marvel. The diamond setting technique used on this chef-d’oeuvre, known as “snow setting”, is a complex process performed only by highly trained craftsmen. In a snow setting, the diamonds of different sizes are placed side by side to completely cover the surface, like a fresh blanket of Swiss snow. The craftsmen of Art Setting, a Geneva-based workshop, have been perfecting this process for over three decades.
The 2,251 pavé stones on the Sparkling Free Wheel are rigorously selected and comprise a total of 5.90 carats. The diamond setting alone takes approximately 120 hours of meticulous work to complete. The stellar quality all VVS or VS with an F/G rating for purity and colour is visible to the naked eye. Diamonds are everywhere on this model, from the face of the grey gold dial to the horns and even the barrel cover. The carbon soft touch, black alligator band features a clasp also set with diamonds using the snow setting technique.
The mechanical movement powering all this beauty is the UN 176 entirely developed in house at the Ulysse Nardin manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Its flying tourbillon is the “Ulysse Anchor Escapement”, a pioneering technology that replaces the traditional Swiss lever escapement system and uses Ulysse Nardin’s signature low friction silicium instead of metal or synthetic rubies.