When it comes to the alarm function of the watch, people most often think of the Memovox series of Jaeger-LeCoultre, which is a well-known design that has penetrated into everyone’s subconscious. However, this is not to say that other brands cannot produce watches with alarm functions, Ulysse Nardin fake is a typical example. But the watch that Garbo Luxury wants to introduce to you today is not only an alarm function, but also has many interesting functions.
The Ulysse Nardin Sonata Cathedral watch features a unique 24-hour alarm, a large date calendar and a second time zone display.
All these complications are housed in a case with a diameter of 42mm and a thickness of 13mm. While not too big on paper, the watch looks quite bulky thanks to the many details (including up to 2 crowns and 2 buttons). Ulysse Nardin has always been known for its slim and elegant designs, and of course this watch is no different.
True to the brand’s anchor logo, the watch design is also very solid and sturdy. The link is also designed to be round, slightly curved according to the shape of the wrist. With the alarm function, it is understandable that the watch has at most two time dials. However, the functions of these two crowns are slightly different from ordinary alarm clocks (more on this later). Ulysse Nardin Sonata Cathedral watch
Attached to the watch is a black alligator leather strap and butterfly clasp, also of course in solid 18k rose gold from the same material as the case. Oddly enough, the logo and brand name initials are engraved on the left side of the buckle. This detail can be used as a way for the Ulysse Nardin brand to create a highlight, but I’m a symmetry person so I don’t like the difference in tones.
Many appreciate the rare rose gold material of the case, and despite the meticulous processing, what makes this watch so appealing is the dial and the complications displayed inside. We have up to 3 sub-dials, one (more precisely two) date windows placed on a double-layered dial.
Through such a two-layer design, the dial displayed has more depth. The upper has a grained finish, a Sonata inscription in the shape of a Sol key, the Ulysse Nardin brand name with a gold anchor, and a second hour-marker dial with circular veining in bronze. The lower level is decorated with the Côtes de Genève typical of watch movements, and the two dials are used for the alarm function.
Since the dial is quite complicated and there are many indicators, the hour and minute hands are designed to be hollowed out to facilitate users to observe the details inside. All hands, screws and bridges on the dial are blue-burned, giving it a striking dark blue. Only the small hand at 9 o’clock is covered with red lacquer to indicate the status of the alarm function.
We’ve talked a lot about the watch’s alarm function, and now it’s time for me to test this cool feature with you. However, let me start by saying that this watch perfect uses a gong mechanism to strike the chimes rather than striking the case directly. Therefore, the chime will be quite pleasant and soothing to the ears, not as harsh as an alarm clock needs to be (I don’t know if this is an advantage or a disadvantage).
All mechanisms for setting the time, setting the alarm time, winding the watch and winding the alarm are located on the right crown. This is an automatic watch, but you can still manually wind it by turning the crown clockwise. If you turn it counterclockwise, you are winding.
The time can be adjusted normally by pulling out the right crown for the first time. Withdraw one more time, you are setting an alarm time. The alarm time is displayed on the subdial at 1 o’clock and is counted at 24 o’clock instead of 12 o’clock, which is a rather special point. To see the time between now and when your watch rings, you can look at the subdial at 11 o’clock.
The crown on the left is used to adjust the date in both positive and negative directions, which is very convenient (if the date is beating, if the date is not adjusted, I may not need to repeat it). There is a button on the crown for turning the alarm function on or off, indicated by the hands at 9 o’clock as described above. Review cheap watch
We also have two more buttons “+” and “-” on the sides of the casing to adjust the time difference between Vietnam’s time zone and a country’s time zone. It’s really complicated, isn’t it? Perhaps the best way for you to learn about this watch is to contact Gerber Luxury directly and we will guide you in the most dedicated way possible.
Driving all the aforementioned complications is Ulysse Nardin’s UN-67 movement. Through the bottom of the watch we can see part of the movement, but not much because the rotor is already half covered. The bridges are designed to be large to increase movement stability at the expense of aesthetics.
Fortunately, the exposed details are the most valuable details of the movement. We can see that the balance wheel has a patented design with a silicon hairspring. Another detail is the gong mechanism commonly found in minute repeaters, and when the alarm goes off, we can clearly see the hammer hitting the gong system, making a soothing sound (that’s it). good or bad is up to you).
Like the rest of the Ulysse Nardin brand, the Sonata Cathedral watch doesn’t look slender on the wrist. Even at an average size of 42mm, this watch still looks quite majestic, extending to the sides thanks to its two crowns and sturdy lugs.