Are you not entertained? Ulysse Nardin Blast Tourbillon watch series hands-on Ulysse Nardin Blast is the latest work of a 174-year-old manufacturer. In recent years, Ulysse Nardin (Ulysse Nardin) has been particularly brave in promoting his own and larger watch design envelopes. More importantly, although Blast may have a resounding name and commensurate appearance, it is also full of new and inspired engineering and watchmaking solutions.
“When we started making the Blast series, I showed this picture to my colleagues,” said Jean-Christophe Sabatier, chief product officer at Ulysse Nardin. This is really synonymous with “product expert”, and this position seems to have been eliminated from a staggering number of long-established brands (but this is another story, you may have complained here, here and here). image? Stealth bomber. I observed carefully and pointed out: This is a Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk, which is not an unknown image for a kid born in the 80s (right next to Lamborghini Countach, maybe the tennis player is scratching her back end) . The F-117 is as divisive as other weapons of war. It was launched in 1983 and retired in 2008, giving it enough time to influence the tastes of the lucky new generation who grew up in a war-free environment in the developed world.
The purpose of the F-117 is to try to create a watch that at least aspires to be high-tech, focused, and in the eyes of at least some people, as cool as this iconic airplane. do you know? We may disagree, but I have come to the conclusion that the watch industry can use this method more and reduce the years that lead to sleep, traditions, anniversaries and boring revivals. This will lead to a surprising number of new watches that most of us don’t want to own, and at least some refreshing and entertaining new watches. Either way, the safety space of large watch brands will become more fascinating, and in the long run, they will be more competitive compared with more and more capable novice competitors who are stealing mines. Again, this is where Ulysse Nardin stands out and wins praise among most other well-known companies.
Just look at some of the official pictures the brand uses to promote Blast. It is loud, full of energy, full of energy and confidence. It seems that Jeremy Clarkson designed it: a bit ridiculous and full of explosions. I guess someone at Ulysse Nardin decided to turn things down a bit while ensuring the daily wear resistance of Blast. But judging from these images, if they could, they would feel that they would make a belt out of lava. Disagreement? Yes. However, I would rather see our watch enthusiasts arguing about these arguments than staying silent because the rest of the advertisements (and watches) are boring-because most of them are so boring, so there is nothing to argue about, such as cloth Bradley Cooper lost in the desert or Jake Gyllenhaal dreamed of flying, who cares? I don’t know you, but I would rather wear a loud watch than the props in the advertisement. This is not to say that the explosion is perfect.
Judging from any of the four iterations (white or black ceramic, titanium or rose gold), Blast looks too wide and too long on larger wrists. Its width may be 45 mm, but the so-called checkerboard lugs increase the height of the wrist. The thickness remains at 13 mm in total, which is impressive. Nevertheless, like its amazing real tourbillon flywheel siblings, I feel that Blast carries too many perimeter ears in the flange ring (the ring that keeps the hour index), the thickness and length of the bezel. It can be said with certainty that everything on this watch is like a form of artistic expression (as it is), and those watches need a larger canvas to be fully effective. Maybe it’s just that I wish I could better shock these super-large watches.
This is truly shocking. Although it looks loud, Blast actually attracts more than just the eye. This is a ridiculously over-engineered watch. The number of common parts seems to be surprisingly low. The reality is more like putting the annual calendar or chronograph module on the basic movement-Patek Philippe fake seen here, or Audemars Piguet seen here, etc. The Blast is equipped with a custom movement and dial, a unique case and a flying tourbillon. The price is the same as the two basic movement watches I just linked. Regardless of the background, when comparing Blast with the two, the lack of details and specifications is shocking. Just look at the movement (and turntable) below and you will see how many common parts there are: even most wheels that are actually ordinary wheels have special designs, not to mention all the others of the UN-172 movement Parts.