The Ulysse Nardin Classic VoyeurSIHH 2018: An erotic timepiece of the highest class
In Ulysse Nardin’s sumptuous “Maison Close” at SIHH 2018, a discreet screen in the closed door offers intrepid “voyeurs” a titillating glimpse into a secret world of forbidden love. Inside, spotlit pedestals showcase Ulysse Nardin’s most erotic creation ever — the Classic Voyeur — a Jaquemart minute repeater that literally makes love to time.
Everything else in this voluptuous boudoir is carnal red — the carpet, the red velvet canapé in the shape of a woman’s mouth, and the walls, adorned with the evocative tools of the sex trade, all exquisitely framed. Do you dare enter?
An acknowledged pioneer of Haute Horlogerie innovation since 1846, Ulysse Nardin has long been the unrivaled master of repeater technology — complications that chime the hours and, in the case of minute repeaters like the Classic Voyeur, the quarter hours and minutes, at the press of a button. The Manufacture is also renowned for its Jaquemart repeaters, which traditionally feature an automated figure striking the hours and minutes on a clock tower bell.
The enticingly erotic Jaquemarts on the Classic Voyeur’s anthracite grey dial are of a different order all together: two beautifully proportioned couples fashioned from 18-carat pink gold or white gold and caught “in flagrante delicto.” In the foreground, one couple stand in their nightclothes, the woman behind the man, in a Louis XIV salon complete with meticulously engraved canapé and carpet.The man has pulled open a curtain dividing the room to reveal not just the time, but a naked couple, making passionate love. Each press of the button couples the background lovers, rhythmically moving back and forth the woman’s leg and her partner’s arm, torso and thigh; while, in the foreground, the woman’s hand reaches forward to touch her partner’s sex.
Audacious, yet delightfully elegant and charming, the Classic Voyeur is a very exclusive creation. The pleasant chimes are seductively low-pitched for the hours and higher-pitched for the minutes. The 42 mm case is in 18-carat pink gold or platinum. Only 18 pieces are in the edition. The sultry princess edition is in platinum, with 60 shimmering baguette diamonds on her bezel, for a total of 3.5 cts.
The latest iteration of Ulysse Nardin’s longstanding tradition of erotic watchmaking, it is an absolute must for Jaquemart enthusiasts, and an irresistible object of desire for adventurous collectors of provocative Haute Horlogerie.