Devialet, the French company that revolutionized ultra-high definition audio with its luxurious oval-shaped speakers, and the famous Maison Ulysse Nardin are collaborating to create a limited edition of 85 watches with a ring tone - an audio experience worn on the wrist.
From the beginning, both companies were also inspired by the desire to make their creations known to the world. For one it is a successful timepiece, for the other revolutionary audio systems, created thanks to their patented technological systems. By joining the forces of their Research and Development departments, the two companies have come together to recreate a "sound experience"That takes shape with an exceptional watch: Hourstriker Phantom. The acoustic performance and the quality of the sound make it an unmatched striking watch in the watch industry.
"Our aim was to create a striking clock with very high performance standards" explains Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Ulysse Nardin. “Furthermore, it was destiny: Emmanuel Nardin, one of the founders of Devialet and who co-developed the Hourstriker Phantom is a descendant of the Ulysse Nardin family. And this is incredible. "
Devialet offers some of the most advanced audio systems "Made in France”To the world for music lovers: in search of the perfect listening experience that becomes possible thanks to over 160 patented technologies. Their iconic product, Phantom, which is part of a new generation of ultra-high definition connected speakers, is capable of creating sound up to 108 dB SPL (The Gold Phantom model is the most powerful in the collection). Thanks to the size equal to a motorcycle helmet, a sound of unsurpassed quality is generated for an intense and revolutionary emotional experience. Phantom is now the name of the new mechanism Ulysse Nardin.
If the Devialet loudspeakers have conquered music connoisseurs, theHourstriker Phantom will fascinate fans of alarm clocks. This watch rings every hour or half hour on command and not only allows you to know the time but above all to hear it.
Before electricity, alarm clocks were designed to strike the hours in the dark and are the embodiment of a true dream. Since 1980, under the leadership of Rolf Schnyder, Ulysse Nardin was the first watch company to bring these timepieces back to life.
The engineers of Devialet, experts in weathering phenomena, have collaborated side by side with the watchmakers of Ulysse Nardin specialized in sound to redefine every step in the audio system signal sent by Ulysse Nardin's strike mechanism to achieve the best performance ever recorded in a watch with a strike mechanism, from 85 dB up to 100 mm.
With a classic chime system, a hammer strikes a timbre generating sound frequencies, which when emitted, beat time on command. In the' Hourstriker Phantom, the hammer of the stamp is fixed by a system of torsion arms that change the direction of the forces of action induced by the vibration of the stamp. In a classical system, the forces produced are mainly in the movement of the watch which generates a small amount of air which is then dispersed by the various components of the watch.
In ' Hourstriker Phantom, the forces of action created by the stamp find the way and the way to escape from the watch itself. These forces are forcefully transmitted using a transmission arm to a fine diaphragm, which is located at the bottom of the watch. Since the membrane has an extended surface, a high amount of air is released, resulting in a high level sound. It can be compared to a megaphone with its cone and membrane.
The bottom of the watch is perforated by eight openings under its membrane allowing the sound to travel and which contains the in-house automatic movement. A-610. The result is extraordinary and all the acoustic potential of this timepiece seems to be released, amplified, and raised. The fully polished 43 mm titanium case amplifies the sound and extends its resonance to 85 decibels, a sound level unmatched in the world of watchmaking.
“This new Hourstriker Phantom is the very essence of Devialet's expertise expressed through a timepiece: a sophisticated object with a compactness of performance optimized by rational yet unbridled energy. If Devialet's products try to convey to the listener the impression that the artist is right in front of him, then this new striking clock from Ulysse Nardin gives the feeling of a real musical instrument. ", concludes Patrick Pruniaux.
The dial is adorned with satin anthracite inspired by the figures of Cold, formed by the materialization of vibratory waves, a reference to the protective net of Phantom Devialet positioned above the speaker. Hidden beneath this lace-like mesh, tinted glass obscures the movement of the watch for an ultra-contemporary look. A small but original detail are the “rose gold” colored hands that indicate the indexes with Arabic numerals, tilted outwards, in a clockwise direction, just like a navy compass. At 3 o'clock, a small slot in rose gold disappears and reappears depending on whether you want to activate or deactivate the chime mechanism (with the ON / OFF button).
At an announced price of CHF 72,500, the Hourstriker Phantom has become the most affordable alarm clock on the market. The model stands out thanks to a black alligator strap and will be sold in a limited edition of 85 pieces, evoking the 85 decibels it majestically reaches.