In their latest feat of horological artistry, Ulysse Nardin adorns the angular Blast collection with an evocative new mosaic: a shimmering marquetry dial crafted from slivers of blue silicon. Just 103 meticulously interlocking shards compose the mesmerizing three-dimensional pattern, their alternating matte and mirror finishes refracting light hypnotically.
The precision required to assemble this fragile silicon tableau demands utmost dexterity, transforming an often merely functional high-tech material into an aesthetic showpiece. Surrounding the geometric dial, an angular brushed white gold case provides a contemporary picture frame, showcasing the mosaic backdrop for an array of suspended movement components.
A flying tourbillon, seven-day power reserve, and constant escapement float in meticulous harmony above the dial, unimpeded by visible attachments. Flip the Blast over, and a sapphire caseback reveals the calibre’s own silicon baseplate, aligning material and craftsmanship on both sides.
At $137,200, the Blast Free Wheel Marquetry commands a premium befitting its mesmerizing medley of avant-garde and traditional. By fashioning space-age silicon into an ancient decorative technique, Ulysse Nardin proves venerable forms can transcend time when kissed by modernity. The resulting dial is worlds away from the typical machine-hewn silicon, its nuanced intricacy reshaping perceptions of this high-tech element.