Ulysse Nardin the Luxury swiss watchmaker collaborated with renowned legendary erotic
comic book artist to create a series of ten erotic watches , each time piece tell a story of a mermaid and a woman who fall inlove with each other the sea.the time pices where first
shown at the 2019 SIHH watch show held in Switzeland.
‘Based on Manara’s illustrations of underwater encounters between a hauntingly beautiful
woman and a mythical mermaid, the watches are a palindrome, each one a unique, timeless
moment that exists independently from the other,’ says ulysse nardin.
The ten phantasmagorias convey a love story of a mermaid and a lady who meet, discover and
love each other in a timeless, sea dream under the attentive eye of an aloof shark. ‘the clock lends itself particularly precisely to this theme because in eroticism there is eternity,’ explains milo manara, an italian graphic illustrator who has been working for over 50 years. for this series of watches, manara chose a universal theme — erotic love — and created characters that exist in their own time frame ‘I had to think of a theme that brings all these ten images together and yet leaves each one its autonomy, so that it works on its own without the need for the others,’ adds manara. ‘this is not a linear story but there is a common thread based on two characters; one is a timeless girl and the other, a mermaid. it is clear that these women represent an ideal. if we look at greek classicism and the renaissance, one can see that the morphology of the physical model
has changed over the centuries. I see my work as a continuous on of the idealmodel.’
The ten pieces per sketch will be created in stainless steel and The other ten pieces in rose gold, making the series limited to a mere 200 pieces in total, with each piece being unique from the other . These Classico Manara in 40 mm will be set on dark blue alligator straps to align with the colour tone selected by Manara , each watch purchase will be complemented by an original numbered milo manara print, signed by the artist himself.
The Classico Manara collection will sell $26 900( R413 000) for stainless steel pieces and $34 400 (R 528 000) for rose gold.