Ulysse Nardin Executive Moonstruck Worldtimer

1062-113_01_Worldtimer_The new Executive Moonstruck Worldtimer is able to show the movements of the Moon and Sun in relation to the Earth, as well as the tide map. Our Solar System consists of one star (the Sun), eight planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, after Plato was 'declassified' as a dwarf planet), 175 satellites and billions of interplanetary dust particles. Yet, human beings spend their entire lives close to only two celestial bodies: the Sun and the Moon. Since the beginning of time, they have been represented in all faiths, embodied in every symbol, and have fascinated every civilisation. Their familiar path across the sky and their power over the tides are the basis of the new Moonstruck Worldtimer. Leonardo da Vinci once said that simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication: Ulysse Nardin has made this assumption the cornerstone of its philosophy. In its purest definition, the Moonstruck Worldtimer recreates the orbit of the Moon and the apparent movement of the Sun around the globe. Its 'celestial ballet', as seen from Earth, is unlike any other display offered by an astronomical clock. This intuitive display conceals a sophisticated mechanism that provides an extremely accurate indication of the Moon's phases. In the centre of the dial, the northern hemisphere is represented as seen from the North Pole. Six o'clock in London represents the Greenwich meridian, which of course marks Greenwich Mean Time. Three concentric discs revolve around this fixed world map. The outer circle reproduces a symbol representing the Sun. This solar disc, which completes an entire revolution in 24 hours, passes over an indication of 24 time zones and is equipped with a day/night indicator. These markers control the World Time function, allowing the wearer of the watch to simultaneously read the time of 24 different cities written on the inner flange. As for the Moon, it appears on a lower orbit. Two discs work together: at the top, the first functions as a circular window showing the position of the Earth's satellite; below, the second gold disc shows the changes in the Moon's phases. By separating this unique display into two rotating parts, Ulysse Nardin has achieved such a level of precision that the time delay for each lunar month is only 5.67 seconds per day, or one day every 40 years. Eight years after the presentation of the first Moonstruck, the Worldtimer version remains the only astronomical wristwatch with the illuminated side of the Moon always facing the Sun, just as it does in reality. The dial also shows a particularly easy-to-read tide map, which is the result of the gravitational forces of these two celestial bodies, as well as the centrifugal force exerted by the Earth's rotation. This sometimes exaggerates or cancels out the influence of the oceans. Equipped with silicon technology, and entirely designed and manufactured in-house, the automatic UN-106 calibre housed in the Moonstruck Worldtimer also offers a date function, on a track surrounding the world map. Pushpieces at 8 and 10 o'clock allow the wearer to quickly adjust the time forward or backward by one hour - a very practical function when travelling or when switching to standard time. Demonstrating its ever-independent spirit, Ulysse Nardin is one of the few Swiss manufacturers to master both watchmaking innovation and tradition. Owner of several patents, always at the cutting edge of technology, it also focuses on ancient knowledge that it expresses through its works of art. The Moonstruck Worldtimer will be produced in a limited series of only 100 pieces.