Lot 21
  • 21

Ulysse Nardin

50,000 - 70,000 USD
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  • Ulysse Nardin
  • yellow gold, alligator
  • diameter 39 mm
• manual winding movement, 32 jewels, two hammers repeating on two gongs • polychrome and layered cloisonné enamel dial depicting a tiger, toucan and rhino in a jungle setting, the lion and toucan automaton jacquemarts simultaneously moving when the repeater is activated • 18k yellow gold case, minute repeating slide to the band, snap on sapphire crystal display back • case and movement signed • with an 18k yellow gold Ulysse Nardin buckle


CASE Case in overall good condition with some wear and surface scuffs throughout from use. Scuffing to the bezel at 12. Light nicks to side of the bottom right lug. Case band overall with some light scratches. DIAL Dial in excellent condition. MOVEMENT The movement is running at time of cataloging, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Chiming in phase. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement. ***Please be advised that the bands on this watch are made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) and thus not sold with the watch, they are for display purposes only. We will remove these bands prior to international shipping.*** Please note that the presentation box has heavy interior wear to the leather material.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."

Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a Ulysse Nardin Certificate of Limited Edition confirming the present lot as number two in a limited series of 18 pieces, dated April 12, 1998. Together with a second Certificate of Limited Edition signed by Rolf W. Schnyer, President, Ulysse Nardin SA. Also with an additional 18k pink gold Ulysse Nardin folding buckle, one instructional booklet, and a presentation box. Ulysse Nardin has a rich legacy of producing complicated watches with repeaters and automatons.  The attention to detail the firm places on each of their pieces is extremely evident here with this limited edition Jungle Repeater.  

The dial comprises of two separate cloisonné dials, giving it a three dimensional appearance.  This technique adds depth to the scene, down to the smallest detail of a fish leaping from the water behind a rock in the foreground towards the left side of the dial. 

Craftsmen used the cloisonné enameling technique to delicately render each creature, tree, and flower that feature in this jungle scene.  The smaller the motif, the more difficult it is for the artisan to place each cloison.  The cloisonné work is exceptional given the time consuming and precise artistry needed to render each detail. 

When the wearer activates the minute-repeating slide, the jungle scene truly comes alive.  The tiger waves its paw, and the toucan rocks back and forth with each chime.

The Jungle Repeater was produced as an extremely limited edition, with only 18 pieces each made in yellow gold, pink gold, and platinum.