Hovering somewhere between traditional and outlandish, the new Moonstruck Worldtimer charts the moon, sun and tides for the astronomy super fan.
by Sarah Jordan
Ulysse Nardin has often felt like a watch brand with a split personality. On the one-hand its traditional watchmaking heritage has led to some neatly sophisticated, albeit classically inclined, timepieces. On the other, its penchant for innovation has produced some off-the-wall pieces, such as the Hourstriker Pin-up and the technologically brilliant InnoVision 2 with a long list of manufacturing achievements.
Filling that middle ground between traditional and out-there was the challenge that Ulysse Nardin set itself for 2017, resulting in two core additions in April; the Classico Paul David Nardin and the Le Locle Diver. Now, Ulysse Nardin has forged ahead in this same vein with the Executive Moonstruck Worldtimer, which claims to be the only watch to accurately depict the movements of the sun, moon and earth in relation to each other, as well as depicting a map of the tides.
The Executive Moonstruck Worldtimer features a host of decorative details and mechanical quirks. In the centre of the dial, the Northern Hemisphere is depicted as seen from above the North Pole. Around this, a two-part moon orbits whilst also displaying an accurate moonphase. Further out still, a solar disc, represents the sun’s ‘apparent’ movement around the earth, completing a rotating once every 24 hours (Ulysse Nardin is not for a second suggesting that the Sun rotates around the Earth, but given the geocentric layout of the dial it is simply the most logical method to adopt). The illuminated section of the moon phase also correlates to the position of the sun on the dial as it does in the cosmos, something unique in the field of horology.
At the outermost reach of the dial is a 24-hour day/night indicator with 24 city timezones, enabling the time in each of those cities to be read simultaneously. London at the six o’clock represents the Greenwich Meridian when viewed in relation to the hemisphere. Not content with displaying such a wealth of astronomical information Ulysse Nardin has also plotted in the effects of the sun and moon’s combined influence on the seas with a map of the tides in blue.
According to the brand, by separating its moon display into two rotating parts it has accomplished a greater level of precision, with a time lag of just 5.7 seconds per day for each lunar month, or one day every 40 years. Beneath the dial, the in-house movement is the self-winding calibre UN-106, which also offers a date function on a track encircling the world map. Push buttons at 8 and 10 o’clock move the time forward or backward by one hour.
The Executive Moonstruck Worldtimer is limited to 100 pieces and is available in 18k rose gold or platinum. It offers a 50 hour power reserve and water resistance to 100m and is priced at $75,000 (£58,155) for rose gold and ($95,000) £73,663 for platinum.