Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Ulysse Nardin has updated its feminine Classico Jade collection with smaller diameter (34 mm) cases and a special limited edition.
The new Classico Jade features nine diamonds in a leaf-like wave at the lower left of a round mother-of-pearl dial. Three of the new models are cased in steel, and one is cased in gold. One steel model is set with a small line of diamonds only on its dial while the other two (steel and rose gold) offer full diamond-set bezels.
Ulysse Nardin is offering three color options: a blue leather strap with dial composed of blue Arabic indexes, a burgundy red leather strap with burgundy numerals and a dark gray leather strap with gray numerals for the rose gold version. The burgundy edition is also available with a gem-free steel-bezel.
Limited edition 520
You’ll recall that the initial Ulysse Nardin Jade from 2013, cased at 37mm, was a tribute to the namesake gemstone so highly prized in China. This informs the watchmaker’s choice this year as it creates a 99-piece limited edition of the new 34mm Classico Jade with its 8, 7, and 6 hour-markers replaced by the numerals 5, 2, and 0.
In China, “520” means “I love you." (The reason for this is its pronunciation, very close to that of “Wo ai ni," or “I love you.") May 20th (5/20 in China) has become a sort of second Saint Valentine's Day for many younger couples.
Inside each piece in the new collection is automatic caliber UN-815, powering the hour, minute, and seconds hands.
Movement: Automatic UN-815 with 42 hours power reserve.
Case: 34mm steel, diamond-set steel, or diamond-set 5N rose gold, water resistant to 30 meters, caseback engraved with the Ulysse Nardin anchor
Dial: White mother-of-pearl, diamond-set
Strap: Alligator leather (dark blue, burgundy, dark gray)