Hands-on With Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture 40mm Mens Replica

It might surprise you to learn that the Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture Replica will be the first replica watch in the brand's Classico range to feature its own in-house movement. The Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture is a simply styled replica watch, with a pleasingly restrained dial that features central hour and minute hands, a going seconds sub-dial at 6 o'clock, and a small, round date window within the seconds sub-dial. Let's take a quick closer look at this new release.

As expected on a restrained "Classico" swiss replica watch, the hours are marked by applied thin gold lines, while 12, 3, and 9 o'clock are indicated by slender Roman numerals. All of the markers are applied, in contrast to the sub-dial surround, which is sunk into the dial. This multi-levelled approach creates a bit more interest in a dial that could otherwise appear plain. In addition to the gold markers, the dial of the Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture is marked with small luminous dots. On the cream dial, these white dots are almost invisible in daylight, but come alive after dark, making this piece usable no matter the time.

There's a fine line between plainness and successfully executed classicism, and I think the Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture strikes a good balance. The dial is finished in a slightly iridescent frosting, which is continued by the edge of the sub-dial, before giving way to a concentric circular ridge pattern. There may not be much going on, but the subtle shifts in patterning or depth give just enough visual engagement to make this replica watch face desirable. Getting this right, or even bothering to use the different patterns in a creative but tasteful way is essential to any good design.

 

The established Ulysse Nardin anchor logo is also applied in the same material and fashion as the hour markers, creating a satisfying link between all the necessary dial elements. The gold hands themselves are of a simple, traditional shape with bold luminous inserts. They are excellently weighted and look very elegant against the reserved backdrop and within the slick case that is designed to catch eyes, not cuffs.

The 40mm case is made of 18ct rose gold and stands just 9.6mm from the wrist. The classically styled housing is polished with no sharp edges – perfect for being worn under a shirt cuff. The front and back crystals are both sapphire, with the dial-side crystal treated with an anti-reflective coating for enhanced clarity. The replica watch is held on your wrist by a leather strap, brown for the cream dial variant, and colour-coded blue for the blue dial model. The strap is fastened by a tang buckle, which I think is a good choice for a replica watch this classical in style.

So when you turn the replica watch over in your hands, what do you see? Through the sapphire case back, the new in-house UN-320 movement is visible. The rotor weight dominates the aperture and is rendered from matching rose gold and sports a black Ulysse Nardin logo against a nicely patterned background. The UN-320 features a silicium hairspring and an anchor escapement. It has automatic winding and has a power reserve of 48 hours. The case is water resistant to 30 meters, but it's not a replica watch that is designed for active wear.

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