Ulysse Nardin has perfected the art of creating fine timepieces with enamel dials, and their San Marco series of chronometers exemplifies this art. The San Marco collection is comprised of four different collections but the craftsmanship behind the dials is what we find most alluring. The technique used to create these dials is known as cloisonné (French for “Partitions”), and is one of the most complicated and difficult artistic techniques in matchmaking.
The San Marco Chronometer is the first watch in the collection with an enamel dial. Set in a stainless steel case this watch features Roman numeral hour markers, a date window, and a truly beautiful deep ocean blue enamel dial. The mid size 37 mm case and steel link bracelet make the San Marco chronometer an understated work of art. Inside the case is the UN-13 movement, which is water resistant to 30 meters.
The San Marco Lady smaller 27 mm timepiece is set in 18ct yellow gold and features an Egret bird on the dial. This enamel dial depicts a scene with an Egret in a tree accented with diamonds with bright green and blue colors. Ulysse also manufactures a white gold version.
The first Cloisonné depicts the San Pietro Cathedral in Rome, using brilliant dark blues and earthy brown tones. The second dial depicts the Battle of Algiers in 1816. And the third dial depicts the famous Clipper Ship Lightening. Each Cloisonné watch is set in an 18 ct rose gold case, water resistant to 30 meters.
Ulysse Nardin’s San Marco Gigante is an elegant dress watch with a gorgeous guilloche dial. The San Marco Gigante is available in either an 18 ct rose gold or platinum 40 mm case. The Dial features an inner circle that is Guilloche and an outer circular band of that is silverized. The latest edition got the San Marco collection is the San Marco Alarm watch Reference Number 601-77. This mid sized (38.5 mm) alarm watch is available in 18 yellow gold or stainless steel. The alarm function is controlled by a second crown set at four o’clock, and indicated by a separate alarm indicator hand on the main dial.