Not a timepiece for the prudish, Ulysse Nardin’s Hourstriker Erotica Jarretière is a contemporary renaissance of the uninhibited horology that premiered in the 17th century. The black-onyx dial exposes a voyeuristic view of an interior balcony in Venice. Handcrafted Jaquemarts (animated figures) in 18-karat gold take the form of a couple reclined in carnal comfort upon a chaise, while a pair of high-heel shoes and a jarretière, or garter, lie seductively in the foreground. Behind them, the Rialto Bridge spans over the Grand Canal to complete the scene—a romantic reminder that the city is for lovers.
The self-winding watch features the manufacture’s Hourstriking mechanism with a 42-hour power reserve. Marking every half-hour and hour (or upon request when the pusher is pressed), the mechanism sets the Jaquemarts into amorous animation in time with the chime. An anti-reflective, sapphire-crystal case adds clarity to the coupling, while a crystal caseback reveals the movement’s inner beauty. And if the wearer needs to cool off, the watch is water-resistant to almost 100 feet. The Hourstriker Erotica Jarretière is available in either 18-karat rose gold or platinum (prices upon request). Only 28 of each example will be released. (ulysse-nardin.com)