SKELETON X CARBONIUM
Ulysse Nardin continues to bring modern elements to their products and this Skeleton X
has something very special : A Gold Carbonium case
Carbonium is a material from the aviation industry. Used for instance on airplane wings, the brand decided to combine it with gold. The result is s nice and surprisingly discreet watch case. People are going to notice first the central open architecture rather than the Gold case « fibres » and it’s totally fine. Its aesthetics makes me think a little bit of Damascus steel but actually way lighter.
It’s a true pleasure to explore the calibre UN-371! The large and ultra-light balance wheel in silicium is superb and when you pull out the steam to set the time, you see how the wheels and gears interact with each other. The black rectangle clearly shows what’s the purpose of this small complicated « puzzle » : The Time
My only observation is regarding the Hour/Minutes hands. To me, they should have larger apertures and less luminova (which would reduce the hands visibility at night but would make more visibility on the movement). Not a big deal, just my preference.
The 2019 X-ray communication campaign is very well thought and obviously fits a skeleton watch. I have to say that since M. Pruniaux took over the brand, i can feel a new vision in terms of marketing & products and so far it’s going pretty good so well done Ulysse Nardin.