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Ulysse Nardin Macho Palladium 950 Automatic Watch Review
Macho Palladium 950
Ulysse Nardin Macho Palladium 950 watches emit seemingly unbounded amounts of energy. Although the title implies that its sources have something to do with the male libido, there's a broader way to look at this unusual watch: the oval shape – which in fact constitutes a flattened circle – alludes to our planet and hence refer to all things cosmic and pulsating. Indeed, the insistence on employing such a rare and precious metal as Palladium refers to the metallic richness of Earth's depths.
Though unorthodox, the Macho Palladium 950 incorporates familiar brand qualities. The large Arabic quarter hours markers and the thick, massive bezel are there, as are the sword hands and the straight lugs. The seconds subdial (oversized seconds hand) and the small date aperture at six o'clock essentially repeat some Michelangelo dial configurations.
Macho Palladium watches incorporate an officially certified chronometer movement – Ulysse Nardin prove that they are serious even when experimenting with designs – and display a power reserve indicator slightly below twelve o'clock. A security crown, water resistance to 50 meters, and a bracelet or a strap complete the set of features: not many, but all important.
Gray, blue, and black are the dominant colors, producing a muscular color scheme that accords well with the overall powerful appearance. The oversized inlayed Arabic numerals and the indices appear to protrude from surface of the dial, creating a futuristic fluid effect (not unlike in the second Terminator movie) that projects force, and even intimidation.
Palladium is known to be among the rarest of precious metals, only recently introduced into watchmaking by this collection, as well as by Vacheron Constantin Quai de l'ille. It's slightly harder than platinum, and develops a patina with time.
Obviously, Ulysse Nardin take pride in this latest addition, which, according to company officials, “created quite a stir” in the watch industry.