Ulysse Nardin Stranger Only Watch is a Champion


Ulysse Nardin Stranger Only Watch

Well this is certainly one of the cooler creations for the Only Watch charity auction – a very special Stranger by Ulysse Nardin. It’s inspired by classical music boxes, and with a press of a button, the timepiece plays music. However, it’s not classical music – it’s Queen! How cool is that? Ulysse Nardin managed to get copyright granted by the EMI Music Publishing Germany GmgH company, which is sub-editor of Queen Music Ltd. Namely, the brand opted for the well-known “We are the Champions”, and this melody can be played on request or on the hour.

Of course, since this is an Only Watch model, we’re talking about a unique piece. We’re reminded of this model’s uniqueness on the case-back, where we find the “1/1” engraving. With this watch, Ulysse Nardin shows their support for the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy. Talking about the watch and the brand’s participation at the auction, Patrik Hoffmann, CEO of Ulysse Nardin, said that the Association is an organization led by champions for champions. He added that this motto was the inspiration for the Stranger, a timepiece that integrates the latest technology.

The melody can be played on the hour or on request

The melody can be played on the hour or on request

One of the most interesting things about this watch is definitely the dial, which reveals the music box mechanism. The latter includes a rotating disc on the upper portion of dial, and it’s surrounded with 10 blades (five on each side), in a very noticeable cherry red color. The dial itself is anthracite-colored, and if you take a look at the 6 o’clock position, you’ll notice two things: a small seconds sub-dial, and within that, a circular date window. And there’s a third thing as well – the “Only Watch” indication, also in red. Next, we have two nifty indicators surrounding the small seconds sub-dial, starting with the on/off selector for the melody function. On the opposite side, we have another useful indicator, which tells us which function is controlled by the crown. Finally, we have the hour and minute hands, and in addition to that, Roman numerals.

Cool medallion on the back

Cool medallion on the back

All this cool technology is housed in a large 45 mm case, made of blackened titanium. On the right side of the case, you’ll notice a matching crown, which also incorporates a special pusher. On the opposite side, we have two more pushers. Completing the front side of the case is a sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment, while on the back, we have a neat medallion that says “We Are the Champions”. Finally, this watch is water resistant to 30 meters.

Inside this unique Stranger timepiece is the caliber UN-690, a self winding movement with 64 jewels, equipped with some silicium components, such as the escapement, anchor and balance spring. The power reserve of this movement is 48 hours. Of course, one of the most interesting things here is certainly the melody function, which can be played on the hour or on request. Last, but not least, we have the strap. The Only Watch Stranger is completed with a stylish black leather strap with a folding buckle, which goes well with the overall look of this watch.

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