ulyssee elite living africaThe Classic Collection limited-edition enamel cloisonné timepiece. (Photo: Ulyssee Nardin)Ulysse Nardin has featured the Zheng He Treasure Boat in its latest creation, honouring the world of Chinese maritime history

The design of the Classic Collection limited-edition enamel cloisonné timepiece features the Chinese Treasure Boat (or Bao-Chuan) - a type of large wooden ship in the fleet of admiral Zheng He, a famous explorer and mariner, who led seven incredible voyages during the early 15th-century Ming Dynasty.

From Asia to faraway Africa and Arabia, hewas easily the biggest maritime expedition of that time. Between 1405 and 1433, Zheng made a total of seven voyages, visiting 37 countries.

Ulysse Nardin's enamel specialists, Donzé Cadrans, created the intricate enamel cloisonné technique admired by collectors. This very ancient art form, which dates back to the early 4th century, uses fine gold wire to create the compartments, within which the enamel is carefully deposited.

Decorated using 18-karat rose gold and powered by the self-winding UN-815 COSC-certified movement, this Classic Collection timepiece reveals the characteristic accuracy of every Ulysse Nardin mechanical watch. This offers reliability too, with a 42-hour power reserve and a 40mm dial that is water resistant to 50 metres.