Ulysse Nardin honors Chinese maritime history and unveil the Classico Zheng He limited-edition enamel cloisonné watch. The Chinese Treasure Boat (or Bao-Chuan) was a type of large wooden ship in the fleet of Zheng He, who led seven voyages during the early 15th-century Ming Dynasty. The prominent admiral was renowned explorer and mariner.
Zheng He’s treasure Boat was 137m long and 55m wide, and features nine masts and four decks for up to 500 crew as well as cargo. While they were few in number, his voyages covered extensive territory, traveling through Southeast Asia to faraway Africa and Arabia. With a fleet numbering hundreds of ships, and crews of around 30,000 men, his was easily the biggest maritime expedition of that time. Between 1405 and 1433, Zheng made a total of seven voyages, visiting 37 countries, an incredible achievement.
Ulysse Nardin tapped enamel specialists Donzé Cadrans to portray the appearance of the Zheng He Treasure Boat. The craftsman used a complex enamel cloisonné technique, which dates back to the early 4th century. Fine gold wire is employed to create the compartments, within which the enamel is carefully deposited. Every cloisonné dial involves immense effort and patience, requiring 50 hours of artisanal expertise and 26 separate processes to bring a scene to vivid life.
Handcrafted from 18-karat rose gold and powered by the self-winding UN-815 COSC-certified movement, this Classic Collection timepiece boasts the characteristic accuracy of every Ulysse Nardin mechanical watch. It reveals reliability too, with a 42-hour power reserve and a 40mm dial that is water resistant to 50 meters.