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Ulysse Nardin Hour Striker Phantom Devialet Limited Edition. First official pictures.

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Here is the new Ulysse Nardin Hour Striker " Phantom " Devialet Limited Edition. 

Devialet is a french company which makes loudspeakers. You will understand the link between such a company and the Hour Striker quite easily. 

The main problem of a striking watch is to offer a sufficient level of sound of  good quality ( pitch / richness ).

Some Manufactures found an original solution for that, such as Jaeger Lecoultre and the gongs welded in the sapphire glass. 

Here, Ulysse Nardin opted for another technical solution: 

The air generated by the timbre vibrations find its way outside the watch through a thin membrane whose diameter is large, located in the case back, offering, consequently, a large surface of air... Which explains the unusual level of sound: 85 Db. 

Here is the case back showing the membrane through the 8 holes.

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On the recto, you have an original dial. The small dot at 3 o' clock is the on / of indicator of the " sonnerie à la demande ". Indeed, the Hour Striker is a watch which chimes the hour and half hour. It is not a minute repeater, but it has the quality of the sound of a minute repeater. 

The novelty with this version is that the Hour Striker was, till then, also an automaton watch... And here, the automaton disappeared, which is something I personally regret, a lot, as the automaton was an important part of this watch DNA. 

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You will also notice the design of the hour markers, a bit disorientating... But isn't that a trademark from this brand? 

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The case is in polished titanium, 43 mm big. The use of polished titanium is interesting, too. It is water resistant to 30 meters.

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The movement is in house, automatic, Cal UN 610, offering a power reserve of 42 hours. I would have liked to see some pictures of it, too. 

A last word on the number of watches made in this limited edition: 85. 

I am very curious to see this Hour Striker in the metal, and, most of all, to hear it! 

Best,

Nicolas

Comments:
M4 October 15th, 2019-05:22
I'm smitten by this unusual watch. I really dig the open-worked dial which, I've read, is the shape of a sound wave. I didn't know sound waves have a shape. Even the odd numeral layout doesn't turn me off. Unfortunately, it's price is an obstacle, though by comparison to chiming watches fr... 
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amanico October 15th, 2019-08:19
There are some things I really like, here, but the absence of automaton bugs me a bit... Still, to be seen in the metal, and most of all, to be heard!  
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Ronald Held October 15th, 2019-12:54
Fix the numbers, and I will think about lot of shakes of the money tree. (nt) NT
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amanico October 15th, 2019-12:57
Funnily said. ;)  
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Ronald Held October 16th, 2019-12:31
Could have said I needed a few bricks of gold pressed latinum. (nt) NT B
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amanico October 16th, 2019-12:37
;)  
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Ronald Held October 17th, 2019-11:15
+1! (NT) NT
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Dave G October 25th, 2019-22:56
I own an hourstriker... and one of the charms is the automaton. It would have been good to see this continued. I do like the improvements stated that drive a louder chiming. It is rather faint on the older pieces. Dave
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amanico November 10th, 2019-23:43
In total agreement, on the louder chiming and the lack of automatons, this last point being a pity.  
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Mostel November 10th, 2019-17:03
First impression It looks Asian... ?
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