The legendary Swiss watch Manufacture has recently updated its line of GMT watches with a beautiful Ulysse Nardin Dual Time Executive Lady (Ref. 246-10-3/391) timepiece. Featuring the usual mother-of-pearl dial, rose gold body and parts, as well as a small deposit of tiny diamonds that decorate its oversized Roman numerals and the setting crown, the timekeeper adds to the mix a snow-white bezel, which is made from polished, extremely scratch-resistant ceramic material.
The new member of the family features a nicely crafted 40 mm rose gold case with white ceramic bezel.
It is powered by the same UN-24 automatic caliber which is based on the ETA 2892-A2 movement and also animates their last year’s Ulysse Nardin Executive Dual Time GMT Men’s Watch.
Created by Ulysse Nardin’s master watchmaker Ludwig Oechslin (a person who brought us such marvels of engineering and industrial design as the Freak and the Sonata,) the complication module that turns the rather boring cal. 2892 into an interesting “jumping hours” movement, is a great deal more complex compared to a “normal” ETA ebauche with a second time zone display. Some may find this a problem, but for yours truly, it falls into a “welcome change” category: after all, when it comes to a watch that costs more than $20,000 USD, it’d better feature something more inspiring than a run off the mill ETA three-hander with a mass-produced complication module that is equipped with a “unique” oscillating weight and stuffed into an expensive case.
Like it was the case with the aforementioned Dual Time GMT, its impressive mother of pearl dial features a second time zone display at 9 o’clock.
Sporting their patented quickset system, the GMT indicator can be set right in a matter of seconds by simply pressing a pair of ceramic push-pieces located on the case of the watch at 4 and 10 o’clock.
The second time display window is counterweighted by a big date aperture at 2 o’clock.
Of course the oversized small-seconds counter at 6 o’clock in its formidable rose gold framing visually dominates the whole layout, perhaps, taking too much attention to itself.
Diamond-set Roman numerals that are supported by the same precious stones decorating the screw-down security crown, are also a very nice touch.
The watch is delivered either on a white rubber band with folding buckle or, preferably, on a white alligator leather strap.
As usual, the timekeeper’s single problem is its price. Offered at some $22,000, the new Ulysse Nardin Executive Dual Time GMT Lady (Ref. 246-10-3/391) will be out of reach for the overwhelming majority of ladies dreaming about this kind of thing.
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Ulysse Nardin Dual Time Executive GMT Lady (Ref. 246-10-3/391) automatic watch specification
Price: $22,200 (MSRP)
Movement: Caliber UN-24 (based on the ETA 2892-A2, exclusive complication module) automatic, diameter 25.6 mm, height 5.35 mm, Swiss Made
Winding: Automatic (aka “self-winding”)
Cadence of balance: 28,800 vph
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, big date, second time zone (GMT)
Power reserve: 44 hours
Case material: Rose gold
Bezel material: White ceramic
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 40.00 mm
Case height: 12.80 mm
Dial: Mother of pearl
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: White alligator leather or white rubber strap with folding buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, anti-reflective
Case back: Sapphire