ollowing the success of the Diver X Skeleton in blue rapidly sold out upon its release in 2021, Ulysse Nardin has relaunched 175 new pieces in black Carbonium® with an audacious choice of a flashy yellow rubber strap and a black R-Strap made of upcycled fishing nets.
Already unveiled last November during the Dubai Watch Week in partnership with leading watch retailer Seddiqi, the technical marvel is back. This cutting edge evolution of the existing Diver X collection retains its sporty appeal while taking a radical step towards transparency. As the new hero watch of the Diver collection, the Diver X Skeleton model is an explosive amalgamation of the design of a Diver and the technical prowess of the Blast collection. It is a volcanic bonding of beauty and brains. The Diver X Skeleton Black is designed to withstand the potentially pressures that exist at depths of 200 meters and is equipped with a black Carbonium® concave unidirectional rotating bezel and domed sapphire glass.
To bring the Diver X Skeleton model to life, the brand’s engineering team has completely redesigned the UN 372 movement, which is visible through the 44 mm case. Originally designed for the Blast Skeleton collection, it has been improved with the addition of an oscillating weight in the shape of Ulysse Nardin’s iconic “X”. There is also a barrel cover placed at 12 o’clock in black Carbonium®, which is the same as the bezel. The hours, minutes, and seconds hands, as well as the indexes are coated with white or yellow tinted SuperLumiNova®.
The desire to keep the dial interface of the Diver X Skeleton in the shape of the “X” was one of the most technical and complex developments ever undertaken by Ulysse Nardin. The hour indexes had to be secretly connected to the dial, so they appear to be floating. To achieve the sensation of depth, overlaid layers were used to emphasize the tiered construction of the central “X”. Different levels of finish were also employed to create a play of light, amplified by the transparency of the skeleton movement.
The case, sandblasted on the sides with satin lugs, has been coated in black DLC Yellow details, such as the hour markers, and the internal lines of Ulysse Nardin’s signature “X” add vibrant explosions of colour and emphasize the model’s sports origins.
On the bezel, Ulysse Nardin has used black Carbonium®, a material originally used on its Freak X, Carbonium® is an extremely lightweight aerospace material and among the most robust and durable materials ever developed by scientists. It is made from the same fibers as those used for the fuselage and wings of contemporary aircraft. Because its manufacturing process involves using “waste” materials, it has a 40% lower environmental impact than other carbon. This high performance material is created using a complex process which involves subjecting carbon fibers which have a diameter of only 7 µm to high pressure and temperature conditions. The process causes the fibers to form a pattern that is unique to each watch
The Diver X Skeleton Black limited to 175 timepieces comes with both a yellow rubber strap and a black fabric R strap made of upcycled polyamide from fishing nets. It is priced at 24 500 CHF.
- UN 372 Manufacture caliber
- Skeleton automatic movement
- Hours, minutes, seconds
- Extra large Silicium oscillator
- Silicium escape wheel, anchor and balance spring
- 171 components / 23 jewels
- 3 Hz frequency/ 21,600 V/H oscillations
- Skeleton dial, X shape black PVD
- Black indexes and hands with
- Titanium black DLC sandblasted and satin finish case
- Concave black Carbonium® unidirectional rotating bezel with a domed sapphire glass
- Black DLC Titanium open case back with sapphire crystal
- 44 mm
- Black R-STRAP with scratch closing
- 100% Recycled fishing nets from the Ocean
- Polyamide, YTT+®
- Yellow rubber strap with Ulysse Nardin black ceramic element at 6 o’clock and black ceramic and titanium deployant buckle
- 200 m
- 72 hours
- 175 timepieces
- 24’500 CHF / 23’300 EUR / 25’800 USD