The Ulysse Nardin has provided a totally mechanical, but melodious way to open your eyes and get ready for a new day from the hysterical tumult or strident cries emanating from electronic alarm clocks to be found on most beside tables, when the cathedral-like tone of the Classic Sonata sounds.
This new model made by Ulysse Nardin is available in two versions measuring 44mm in diameter. The first watch has a pink gold case, with warm reflections blending with the wonderful deep black colour adorning the dial. The second version, meanwhile, has a more traditional and simpler allure, including a steel setting and a silvered opaline face.
Each dial contains the same three-dimensional settings, setting the different displays apart, while providing a feeling of depth. A band running around the chapter ring includes hour markers with blue or golden applied indices, depending on the Classic Sonata model chosen. In the centre, two leaf-shaped hands display the hours and minutes, while the second hand also ticks away in the centre. The large date is displayed in a double counter at 4 o’clock. As for the alarm function, it has its own counter between 12 and 2 o’clock, with the centre taken up by a sort of twelve-hour countdown, so the alarm can be set for the morning or evening. A cone-shaped indicator at 10 o’clock shows whether the alarm function is on or off. And lastly, a sub-dial at 6 o’clock displays a second time zone, which will come in handy for globe-trotters who like mechanical timepieces.
The Classic Sonata duo are powered by the same movement, the UN-67 calibre. This automatic mechanical movement, equipped with a silicon escapement, provides a power reserve of 42 hours.