Ulysse Nardin Classico Zheng He

written by YWH team 11 September 2017
Ulysse Nardin Classico Zheng He 8152-111-2/ZHENGHE
Quick specs Ulysse Nardin Classico Zheng He
Price: € 39.800 | approx. £ 36,300 | approx. $ 47,900
Size: 40 mm
Reference: 8152-111-2/ZHENGHE
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Whether it is your taste or not, Ulysse Nardin can produce watches with an extreme level of enameling. For example, the Ulysse Nardin Classico Schooner America and now this Ulysse Nardin Classico Zheng He. An easy way to sell 30 watches on the Chinese market.

Before we focus on the watch itself, some background about its subject. We like to think that Europeans were the finest sea-faring people, but the Chinese also produced some legends. One of them is Zheng He (1371-1433). One of the most famous people of the early Ming Dynasty and an explorer, diplomat and fleet admiral. This Ulysse Nardin pictures the Zheng He treasure boat. A massive ship of about 140 meters in length, with a crew of up to 500 men.

The Ulysse Nardin Classico Zheng He follows the same concept as the Classico Schooner America

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Zheng He’s voyages covered extensive territory, traveling through Southeast Asia to faraway Africa and the Middle-East. With a fleet numbering hundreds of ships, and crews of around 30,000 men, this was easily the biggest maritime expedition of that time. Between 1405 and 1433, Zheng made a total of seven voyages, visiting 37 countries, an incredible achievement for that time.

To portray the Zheng He Treasure Boat, Ulysse Nardin called their enamel specialists at Donzé Cadran for a very special form of enameling. The intricate enamel cloisonné technique to be precise, one that is valued a great deal by collectors. In this very ancient art form, which dates back to the early 4th century, craftsmen employ fine gold wire to create the compartments, within which the enamel is carefully deposited. Every cloisonné dial involves immense effort and patience, requiring 50 hours and 26 separate processes to bring a scene to vivid life.

The ‘piece of art’ is housed in an 18-carat pink gold case, powered by the manufacture UN-815 caliber, which is COSC certified. The Ulysse Nardin Classico Zheng He is limited to 30 pieces.


technical data Ulysse Nardin Classico Zheng He
8152-111-2/ZHENGHE (limited to 30 pieces)
Ulysse Nardin UN-815 (base ETA 2892-A2) | Automatic | Diameter: 25.6 mm / 11½ lignes | Thickness: 3.6 mm | Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz) | Jewels: 21 | COSC certified | Hours, minutes, seconds | Power-reserve: 42 hours
Case & dial:
40 mm | 18-carat pink gold | Anti-reflective sapphire crystal | Open case-back with sapphire crystal fixed with screws | Enamel cloisonné, ‘Zheng He Treasure Boat’ motif | Water-resistance: 5 ATM / 5 bar / 50 meters / 165 feet
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Price Ulysse Nardin Classico Zheng He:
€ 39.800 | approx. £ 36,300 | approx. $ 47,900

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