Reshaped and resized, the Skeleton X line is smaller in size but bigger in identity compared to its predecessor.

The letter X is one of the most versatile symbols in modern day. It marks the spot; it is the variable to be found; it is the stand-in for a myriad of undiscovered and unknown, mystifying and empowering in its own way.

Ulysse Nardin is taking the mysteries of the X and dissecting it down to the skeleton with its new Skeleton X collection, which leaves nothing to the imagination but the beauty of the three-dimensional heart beating inside its powerful movement.

Reshaped and resized, the Skeleton X line is smaller in size but bigger in identity compared to its predecessor. Here’s a closer look:

Design defines function

The case itself is a sight to behold. At 42mm, it features an intriguing shape within shape within shape layout, where an X is formed by four of the indexes, framed within a rectangle, housed inside a circle. It is angular, masculine and perfectly on-trend with an extraordinary symmetry in geometry outside of the clever play of three shapes.

X-Ray of a skeleton

Completely see-through, we’re given a crystal clear look into the insides of the watch where a new manufacture movement, the UN-371 calibre, beats. It is based on its antecedent UN-171 movement, starring a super-light balance wheel in silicium, extra wide in shape and comes with nickel flyweights and stabilising microblades. Yet, it is completely redesigned. Stark changes include a 96-hour power reserve that can be read through the back by means of windows, just like those in the barrel.

New materials

Select models come in an exclusive Carbonium material, which ripples like ink. The marble-like colours are unpredictable even in the making stage, resulting in patterns that are never identical, merely mesmerising in the way they glint when they catch light. Other materials in varying models include rose and yellow gold as well as a blue titanium for strength that matches light-weightness.

Learn more about the new Skeleton X at the official website here.

(Photos: Ulysse Nardin)

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