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Forever In Full Bloom: Ulysse Nardin Classico Bunga Raya

Famous for embedding lifelike art onto the dials of timepieces, Ulysse Nardin honours Malaysia with the creation of its exquisite Classico Bunga Raya.


Ulysse Nardin pays tribute to the spirit of Malaysia with the Ulysse Nardin Classico Bunga Raya. The Bunga Raya is the national flower of Malaysia with its numerous varieties, cultivars and hybrids, with colours ranging from white to yellow and orange, to scarlet, and different shades of pink. It is as varied as the cultural pot of Malaysians living together in harmony.


For the Classico Bunga Raya, Ulysse Nardin employs the intricate art of miniature painting, where layers of paintings are drawn by hand and baked by master artisans from different organic and metallic paints, perfectly depicting the natural forms of both flora and fauna. The result is an exceptional creation produced by the hands of a master artisan.


The red of the petals symbolizes courage, life, and rapid growth of Malaysia, while the five petals represent the five Rukun Negara of Malaysia. The flower can be found imprinted on the notes and coins of the Malaysian Ringgit.


As with all Ulysse Nardin art pieces, the Classico Bunga Raya has an intriguing lifelike quality. For more than 25 years, Ulysse Nardin has been embedding realism to its dials through the rare art of miniature painting and enamelling. Having acquired long-time collaborator and famed dial enameller manufacturer, Donze Cadrans in 2011, Ulysse Nardin remains one of the only watchmakers devoted to this highly specialised, century-old craft.


The Classico Bunga Raya is indeed unique, and only one piece exists, encased in 18-ct rose gold with an elegant diamond bezel. This timepiece features the self-winding UN-815 movement, visible through its sapphire crystal exhibition window located on the case back, which has a power reserve of approximately 42 hours, and COSC certified chronometer.


This emotional piece is a symbol of Malaysia’s beauty, and will be exclusively unveiled at The Art of Time showcase, at Pavilion KL from 2nd October to 13th October 2014.


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