Here’s a watch for your Friday, The Stranger by Ulysse Nardin. “When time becomes music”.
I’m certainly no stranger to musical watches having had the pleasure of wearing a variety of Minute Repeaters from both IWC and Jaeger Le Coultre and have been particularly vocal about my love for the A.Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Striking Time but this timepiece has taken the musical element to the next level. This is a watch comprised of sheer mechanical phenomenon.
Ulysse Nardin claim the movement took up to five years perfecting and runs not only the time keeping mechanism but the central disc that rotates to produce Frank Sinatra’s classic, Strangers in the night. The watch produces music much the same as a conventional music box, utilising specifically located pins and different sized steel combs that catch the pins as the disc rotates to play the song.
The Stranger is limited to 99 pieces and will set you back between $115,000 and $120,000 (a lot less than I assumed when I first saw it). Chiming watches are a much-respected part of horology history and this one is sure to turn some heads, especially all the Rat pack fans out there.
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