Are You Baller Enough for This High-End Sports Watch?

The new Ulysse Nardin Blast combines a skeletonized tourbillon movement with bold styling and a new case design.

ulysse nardin blast
Ulysse Nardin

Tourbillon-equipped, highly finished, skeletonized watches represent some of the greatest technical challenges for watchmakers — so it's no surprise that they're highly expensive and that they're often made to be shown off. Ulysse Nardin is no stranger to the concept of such brash, ultra-modern timepieces, and the brand's new Blast collection doubles down on the shock factor.

The wearer has a view of the watch's inner workings — which are themselves also skeletonized — via an openworked dial. You might struggle to find the hands and read the time against the crisscrossing shapes and many finely finished facets of the movement, but lumed hands and indices should help legibility. At 6 o'clock is a tourbillon which is mounted from one side so that it appears to be turning freely when viewed from the dial — a variety called a "flying" tourbillon.

ulysse nardin blast
Ulysse Nardin

While it shares technical details and design cues with other watches in the Executive ("X") collection, the Blast introduces a new case. Its dramatic angles are said to have been modeled on stealth fighter jets, which you can see in its sleek profile and sharp corners. The angles are so extreme that their contrasting finishing wasn't possible to achieve using the usual hand-applied method —rather, the brushed look is achieved by fine laser engraving.

Bolder even than many of the brand's other "X" watches, the Blast case measures 45mm wide and it comes in four different finishes and materials with matching dial executions. The cases feature mixes of coated titanium, ceramic and gold, with black, white, blue and gold versions. Available with a range of strap options, the watches range in price between $44,000 and $54,000.

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