Watches: Ulysse Nardin Classico Goat

By Thierry Ané on January 20, 2015

A few more weeks to go before February 19th, 2015 and the start of the Year of the Goat in the Chinese calendar and, just like sheep, one after another, all the luxury Swiss brands are taking this opportunity to showcase their mastery in decorative techniques… and their devotion to the Chinese customer!

Enamelling, hand-painting, hand-engraving, gem-setting… the entire range of ornamental arts is used to create these not-so-original celebrations of the Chinese New Year and suddenly, the “Métiers d’Art” do not seem as creative and on the verge of extinction as most brands want us to believe…

Today, it is Ulysse Nardin’s turn to present its “luxurious knick-knack” with the new Classico Goat, a 40 mm model in rose gold with a champlevé enamel dial representing a goat with two babies. The watch is mounted on a blue alligator strap that matches the main colour theme of the dial’s background, and secured by a traditional rose gold pin buckle.

It is equipped with the self-winding and COSC-certified UN-815 calibre boasting a 42-hour power reserve. This is a time-only model with three central hands. The movement and its finishing work can be observed through the sapphire crystal on the back.

The Classico Goat (2015) follows the Classico Horse (2014), the Classico Snake (2013), and the Classico Dragon (2012). Just like them it is limited to 88 pieces, another way of wooing the Chinese customer! It will no doubt be followed by, guess what, a “Classico Monkey” in 2016.

The previous Ulysse Nardin Classico timepieces dedicated to the Chinese Zodiac

Although everything is there to arouse interest: a fine calibre, a nicely crafted case and a refined decorative dial, the lack of originality in the theme and the glut of “Goat watches” are beginning to weaken my enthusiasm…

For more information please visit the Ulysse Nardin web site.

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