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Live from SIHH: Ulysses Nardin’s Milo Manara Erotic Cartoon Watches Are for Carnal Minds

Geneva, Jan. 22, 2019. The Manara My Love collection of erotic watches isn’t the first time Swiss luxury watchmaker Ulysses Nardin, a firm forever inspired by the sea (and sex, apparently), has dabbled in X-rated numbers, nor will it likely be the last. For this naughty foray, the brand unveiled a collaboration with Italian comic book artist Milo Manara, a kindred soul in his love of the sea and desire.

Erotic watch from the Manara My Love collection
Erotic watch from the Manara My Love collection
The making of an erotic watch from the Manara My Love collection
The making of an erotic watch from the Manara My Love collection

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Manara painted 10 scenes featuring the mermaid Ulyssa and the human Nadia, who meet and fall in lust or a “timeless, nautical reverie” as the brand describes it, all while a seemingly pervy shark looks on from the distance. After Manara painted each scene, the Nardin team went to work recreating them in micro paintings, an endeavor that took 50 hours to do per dial, whose surfaces are about 10 times smaller than the original watercolors. The details are mind boggling—from explosions of waves to jewels on the mermaid, all painted with a brush the width of a single eyelash. Upon completion, a lacquer topcoat seals these acrylic stories into their exhibits to best reflect light.

Image from the Manara My Love watch collection from Ulysse Nardin
Image from the Manara My Love watch collection from Ulysse Nardin
Erotic image on one of the Manara My Love watches from Ulysee Nardin
Erotic image on one of the Manara My Love watches from Ulysee Nardin

To advertise, contact Nicole@thejewelrybook.com.

Erotic image from the Manara My Love collection from Ulysse Nardin
Erotic image from the Manara My Love collection from Ulysse Nardin

The watches themselves are available in 10 pieces per drawing in stainless steel and 5N rose gold (a specific mix of gold, silver, and copper that offers a more reddish hue), limiting the series to just 200 pieces total. A UN-320 self-winding movement powers them, and just the hours and minutes are displayed, leaving more room for the libidinous though masterful drawings. Faces are 40 mm in size, and the models are set on dark blue alligator straps. Each purchase comes with an original numbered and signed print from Milo Manara himself. 

Erotic image from the Manara My Love collection from Ulysse Nardin
Erotic image from the Manara My Love collection from Ulysse Nardin
Erotic image from the Manara My Love collection from Ulysse Nardin

The price for these kinky styles? They range from €26,900 to €29,600.


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