A year ago, starting at Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2019, CEO of Ulysse Nardin Patrick Pruniaux began to introduce a new concept for the brand: a range of timepieces that were at the forefront of their collections in design, attitude and development. The range was named the ‘X’ Collection, and each model bore a reference to the letter in one way or another. More interesting to collectors was the fact that while the watches were extremely interesting, they were not also extremely expensive. This is all too common in contemporary watchmaking, and Ulysse Nardin deserves plaudits for not following the pack. We would define the ‘X’ Collection as excellent examples of contemporary fine watchmaking. This year, the X Collection adds a bold new model and a powerful new Ulysse Nardin movement. The BLAST is a development that has been taking shape within Ulysse Nardin’s research division for the last two years, and is designed around the movement that powers it: the powerful skeleton UN-172 automatic tourbillon movement.
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