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Skeleton X: An X-ray vision of watchmaking

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MORE than a means, eXploring has become Ulysse Nardin’s motivation and its Skeleton X is the perfect showcase of this new X-ray vision of watchmaking.
The new Skeleton X plays off the transparency of its powerful movement by intricately cutting away as much material as possible, without jeopardising tolerances or shock resistance, to reveal the stunning beauty of the three-dimensional heart beating inside.
The Skeleton X case, reshaped and very small, a mere 42mm, is perfectly on-trend: more angular, more masculine, less round. Its shape-within-shape-within-shape geometry - an X formed by four of the indexes is framed in a rectangle, in turn inside a circle - delights the eye. Inside and clearly visible beats one of the star innovations of the watch’s antecedent, the Freak Vision: a super-light balance wheel in silicium, extra-wide, with nickel flyweights and stabilising micro-blades. The new manufacture movement, the UN-371 caliber, is based on the UN-171 movement, but completely redesigned. The 96-hour power reserve can be read through the back by means of windows, like those in the barrel. The Skeleton X exists in four different satin-finish versions: satin-finish titanium blue, satin-finish titanium black, satin-finish rose gold or matte-finish Carbonium ® Gold.
This skeletonised watch par excellence is priced very competitively with a start price version at $17,500. Painstakingly cut and exposed, elaborately finished, hand-polished to a shimmering gleam, it bespeaks the artisan’s touch, and watchmaker’s experience and savoir-faire.
The most spectacular iteration of the Skeleton X collection is undoubtedly the Carbonium ® Gold version. The aeronautic-grade Carbonium ® is a new, super-light and sustainable material used in the production of the latest-generation airplanes’ fuselage and wings.