Part of the brand's Exceptional Collection, the Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Oil Pump is a timepiece that honors industry. The watch is delicately hand-engraved in gold, and enameled in black, the dial depicts oil pumps at work, unearthing fuel to power the world.
A limited edition of 18 pieces in rose gold and 18 pieces in platinum, the Hourstriker Oil Pump features animated figures that move up and down in concert with the sound of a gong striking the hours - on the hour and on request. The oil pumps move in sync with the hammer hitting the gong. A complex mechanism, the Hourstriker is nonetheless simple for the wearer to operate.
The striking mechanism can be activated or deactivated by simply pressing pusher one. When the striking indicator is pointing towards the hour glass (on the left), the striking is deactivated; if aimed towards the point, the striking mechanism is activated.
The engraving work on the watch calls for a highly specialized engraver to handcraft the form of the gold plate, defining the thickness of the cells and shaping the pictures. Then, the master enameler fulfills the enameling process using genuine black enamel. It's a laborious process to produce, but at its conclusion the oil pumps, pipes, buildings and landscapes appear to come to life. The watch runs on a UN-610 movmeent with a 42 hour power reserve and is limited to just 18 pieces.
Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Oil Pump
Reference 6106-131/E2-OIL 6109-131/E2-OIL
Movement Caliber UN-610
Power-Reserve Approximately 42 hours
Functions Hourstriker Striking of hours and half hours Automatic chime activation system Animated Jaquemart in 18ct gold Case 18ct rose gold or platinum
Diameter 42 mm
Water-resistance 30 m
Dial Black enamel Crystal Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Case -back Screwed case-back with sapphire crystal
Band Leather strap, with folding buckle
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