Ulysse Nardin celebrates his energetic panache with the "Year of the Rooster" timepiece, the most recent addition to the Classico Collection. In this classical depiction, the artist has captured the rooster's natural energy.

It is the centuries-old champleve method of enameling that brings the artist's sketch to life. A rare art form and one mastered by very few, the champleve technique involves the carving of cells with a chisel directly on the dial, which are then filled with enamel.

ulysse nardin champleve technique

Its colors come from the careful blending of different metallic oxides. The dial is backed until the enamel melts and is then smoothed and polished. The final step, which is also the most delicate, consists of enriching the motif by chiseling all the metal parts on the surface.

For over 25 years, Ulysse Nardin has been bringing this artistry to its dials, and is in fact one of the only watchmakers devoted to the centuries-old craft. It is mastered in-house at Donze Cadrans, a member of the Ulysse Nardin group of companies.

ulysse nardin Classico Collection

The Classico Collection numbers a series of original enameled pieces, beloved and collected by many. For 2017, Ulysse Nardin is pleased to introduce the "Year of the Rooster", a limited edition of 88 pieces in 18-karat rose gold, 40 mm in diameter, powered by the self-winding UN-815 movement with its COSC certification with a power reserve of about 42 hours.

The timepiece features  water-resistant crown, up to 50 m, anti-reflective sapphire crystal while the case-back open case back with sapphire crystal fixed with screws.

Combining characteristic engineering excellence with the artistic mastery of enameling, the Classico Rooster is a reliable timepiece of elegant beauty, perfect for the courageous, confident individual with an instinct for success.