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Collector's item

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 May, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 May, 2010, 12:00am

Ulysse Nardin pays tribute to the first flagship of the Imperial Russian Navy with The Frigate Shtandart watch. It is presented in the diamond-studded egg of the Tsars. Commissioned by Peter the Great, the Shtandart was first launched in August 1703. The Shtandart remained in the navy until 1727, at which time Catherine I, second wife of Peter the Great, ordered the frigate restored. The ship was damaged in the process and plans to build a replica were not completed until September 1999.

The Ulysse Nardin watch aims to capture the magnificence of the flagship with a finely worked enamel cloison dial. Each dial features the Shtandart in the middle. To finish each dial, the cloisons required more than 500mm of fine gold wire, more than 50 working hours and 26 baking processes. Cased in red gold and limited to 30 pieces, the timepiece comes in a multilayer white translucent egg of the Tsars. The egg is decorated with 4.25 carats of diamonds, depicting the Admiralty Spire, the Rostral Columns, the Arch of the General Staff Building and St Petersburg's drawbridges.

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