When it was launched back in 2016, the Skeleton Tourbillon was an ambitious blend of classical watchmaking and the super modern, radical skeleton dial. In addition to that, the brand was making every effort to appeal to younger customers, and to make its price points more competitive than before. Back in 2016, the watch was selling for about $37,500. There is some better news than that now. Here in 2019, the price points for this new Skeleton X watch start at $17,500. So in this article i will do my best to introduce you to the new Ulysse Nardin Skeleton X wristwatch.
The shape of this new watch has been changed and downsized a bit. Before the case measured in at 45 millimeters, but now it has been scaled back to a more wearable 42 millimeters in diameter. The watch comes in four differing variants. There is the titanium blue, the titanium black, the carbonium gold, and the rose gold. The radical version of the watch is the carbonium gold, and it has a 43 millimeter diameter case. This is a material that made its mark being used for airplane wings, and fuselages. It is all about carbon fibers, and is a very high performance material. Carbonium is also said to have a 40% lower impact on the environment in its production, and when combined with gold, gives a great black and gold wave of color.
Regarding the dial, its architecture offers an excellent view of the movement, and the movement is secured by a rectangular bridge having four arms, and forming a prominent letter X. The Roman numerals of this Executive Skeleton Tourbillon have been lowered to only two. It is the III, and the IX. The colors used to accentuate the bridges and minute tracks are contrasting. With the skeleton design, the owner has a great view of the very wide Freak silicium balance wheel, and the flyweights of the new in house movement named the UN-371. This movement is based on the previous UN-171 caliber, and has been completely redesigned for this watch. It is a manual winding movement having a silicium gear train with balance wheel, a frequency of 3Hz, and a very ample power reserve of 96 hours. All of this ca be viewed through the exhibition caseback.
Each of the four variants comes with the choice of an alligator strap, or a rubber strap. The watches are all water resistant to 50 meters, and are quite safe in the rain, or during a splash at home. As for the price points, they are as follows. Titanium blue of black is $17,500. The Carbinium gold is $21,000. Then the rose gold is $29,000. More information is available at ulysse-nardin.com.