At Baselworld 2014, Ulysse Nardin unveiled a variation of its renowned Dual Time travel-watch series driven by a new automatic movement that was designed, developed, and manufactured entirely in-house. Like previous timepieces in the Dual Time line, the Ulysse Nardin Dual Time Manufacture is equipped with a unique second time-zone tracker that simplifies the task of setting that function. Using two pushers positioned on the left side of the watch’s case, the second time zone’s hour hand can be adjusted forward or backward, rather than just advanced by one hour as is typical with watches of this type. The home time zone is tracked via a jumping-hours display located on the dial at 9 o’clock. The watch’s dial, which is available in black or silver, is clean and uncluttered, conveying information without distracting the eye. A large date display at 3 o’clock balances the hour display and lends the dial a pleasing symmetry.
The Dual Time Manufacture’s new movement, the Caliber UN-334, features an escapement that incorporates parts made from silicon, a material that is increasingly being used by mechanical watchmakers. Silicon parts resist wear and the detrimental effects of magnetism better than traditional materials, and they require less lubrication, contributing to a more accurate timepiece. The watch is available in stainless steel or 18-karat rose gold and is priced from $10,500 to $26,500. (www.ulysse-nardin.com)