We welcome the Classic Zheng He, an extraordinary enamel timepiece from the Collection Ulysse Nardin Classic that pays homage to the glorious past of the Chinese Treasure Boat.

In homage to the fascinating world of Chinese maritime history, Ulysse Nardin honors the Zheng He Treasure Boat with a new limited edition with a cloisonné enamel dial from the Classic collection Chinese Treasure Boat (or Bao-Chuan) was a great one boat of the fleet of the admiral ZhengHe, the famous explorer and sailor, who conducted seven incredible voyages during the Ming Dynasty period in the early 15th century.

These massive ships they were 137m long and 55m wide, with nine masts and four decks that could accommodate, in addition to the cargo, a crew of 500 Guests.

Despite being few in number, Zheng He's travels covered a vast territory, across all of Southeast Asia to distant Africa and Arabia. With a fleet consisting of hundreds of ships and crews of about 30.000 men, his was the largest shipping of those times. Between 1405 and 1433, Zheng made a total of seven trips, visiting 37 countries, a company incredible.

To accurately reproduce the Zheng He Treasure Boat, Ulysse Nardin turned to the enamel specialists of Donzé Cadrans, who perfectly mastered the complicated cloisonné enamelling technique, so appreciated by collectors. In this ancient art, which dates back to the 4th century, the craftsmen use thin gold threads to create partitions, inside which the enamel is carefully placed. Each cloisonné dial involves immense effort and great patience, requiring 50 hours of craftsmanship and 26 different operations to create an image.

Handcrafted in 18K rose gold and powered by the automatic caliber UN-815 COSC certified, this timepiece from the Collection Classic boasts the precision characteristic of every Ulysse Nardin mechanical watch. In addition, it is extremely reliable thanks to the power reserve of 42 hours, has a case with a diameter of 40 mm and is water resistant to 50 meters.

A further demonstration that preserving the seeds while forging the future this is the path taken by Ulysse Nardin.

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