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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 7

    Ulysse Nardin. An unusual and large 18K pink gold self-winding dual time wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, countdown indicator and musical alarm

    SIGNED ULYSSE NARDIN, SONATA, NO. 252, REF. 666-88, CIRCA 2005

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    Ulysse Nardin. An unusual and large 18K pink gold self-winding dual time wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, countdown indicator and musical alarm
    Signed Ulysse Nardin, Sonata, No. 252, Ref. 666-88, circa 2005
    Cal. UN-66 nickel-finished lever movement, 109 jewels, alarm on one gong, the silvered dial with applied luminous dagger numerals on outer recessed ring, skeletonized luminous blued steel hands, sweep centre seconds, large double date window, three subsidiary engine-turned dials indicating alarm countdown combined with am and pm display, alarm and second time zone, aperture for alarm on/off indication, visible alarm's centrifugal governor under a blued steel bridge, in large water-resistant-type circular case with raised bezel, fluted downturned lugs, the back secured by six screws, the alarm wound and set through the crown, patented mechanism to adjust the hour hand backwards/forwards by pushing buttons to 4 and 8 o'clock, alarm activated/deactivated by a push button at 9 o'clock, 18K pink gold Ulysse Nardin deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    42 mm. diam.


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    Accompanied by Ulysse Nardin Certificate dated 27.03.2005, booklet, instruction manual in Japanese, original fitted wooden presentation box and outer packaging.

    The Sonata, a unique and amazing multifunctional mechanical instrument, is an in-house development, inspired by Dr. Ludwig Oechslin, constructed by Pierre Gygax and Lucas Humair.

    The engineers and technicians of Ulysse Nardin spent nearly seven years on the development of this patented self-winding in-house calibre. It combines the novel alarm setting with a countdown indicator and the dual time system with the instant time zone adjustor conceived by Dr. Oechslin and featured in many Ulysse Nardin watches.

    This patented dual time function permits time zone adjustments forward and backward by simply pressing the pushers plus (+) or minus (-) to change the position of the hour hand. The original home time (reference time) stays displayed while the date, the alarm and countdown adjust automatically when a time zone adjustment is made.

    The melodic chiming of the alarm is based on a novel 24 hours mechanism which allows setting the alarm 23 hours ahead, for 7.35 pm the same day or 7.35 am the next day.

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