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Pre Baselworld 2015: Ulysse Nardin Hannibal Minute Repeater Westminster Carillon Tourbillon Jaquemarts

by Nick Gould on February 9, 2015

Ulysse Nardin releases the “Hannibal” Minute Repeater Westminster Carillon Tourbillon Jaquemarts.

Who was Hannibal?  Hannibal Barca was a Carthaginian general.  Considered one of the world’s greatest military commanders, Hannibal was the ultimate strategist who knew how to predict his enemies’ every move, devising innovative tactics to use to his advantage. In his quest to take Rome during the Second Punic War, Hannibal achieved a remarkable feat: He crossed the Pyrenees and Alps with an army of soldiers and his secret weapon – elephants, taking triumphant victory in Italy.

The Hannibal Minute Repeater is presented worldwide as a limited edition of 30 pieces. The timepiece is crafted from platinum.  The dial features Hannibal, straddling his horse, with one of his loyal elephants and regiment of warriors by his side. These main figures called Jaquemarts, as well as the mountainous backdrop and surrounding terrain, are all hand-carved from 18 carat white gold and are mounted on granite sourced from the very mountain chain Hannibal and his brigade crossed in the third century B.C.

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The detailed dial of the Ulysse Nardin Hannibal Minute Repeater Westminster Carillon Tourbillon Jaquemarts

Water-resistant to 30 meters, its movement is a caliber UN-78 one-minute tourbillon, integrated and visible on the dial. Its bridge is created in the same shape as those used on the tourbillons James Pellaton produced for Ulysse Nardin at the beginning of the 20th century. Each part of the movement is decorated, angled and hand-finished.

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The handed finished UN-78 Movement

With its specialized movement comes very special sound. A connoisseur’s treasure, minute repeaters perfectly pair a watch’s ability to have time not only seen, but also heard.

The Hannibal Minute Repeater has four gongs, each with a different tone (Mi-Do-Re-Sol), sounding off on the hour when the repeater is activated. The hour sound is Sol and the minute sound is Mi.

All four gongs sound in three different sequences for the quarters:

  • 1st quarter: Mi-Do-Re-Sol
  • 2nd quarter: Mi-Do-Re-Sol/Sol-Re-Mi-Do
  • 3rd quarter: Mi-Do-Re-Sol/Sol-Re-Mi-Do/Mi-Do-Re-Sol

Further complementing the beautiful sound are the Jaquemarts on the dial. Uniquely, they are synchronized with the sound of the gongs and move to the minutes, quarters and hours, or to a combination of these units of time. In life-like form, the four Jaquemarts – Hannibal on his horse, scenes of Hannibal in fighting stance, and Hannibal’s elephant and army – tell the narrative of Hannibal and his eminent achievement.

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The Ulysse Nardin Hannibal

Specifications from Press Release

Reference 789-00

Limited Edition to 30 pieces
Movement Caliber UN-78
36 jewels
Power-Reserve: Approx. 70 hours
Manual winding
Functions: Westminster Carillon Tourbillon Jaquemarts Minute Repeater Striking of hours, quarters and minutes Four different chimes (Mi-Do-Re-Sol)
Case: platinum
Diameter 44 mm
Water-resistance 30 m
Dial: Genuine granite dial
Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Case-back: Sapphire crystal fixed with screws
Crown Water-resistant
Leather strap, with folding buckle

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