Ulysse Nardin to sail into the new season with a timepiece for those who captain their own destiny.
In the 19th century, when explorers roamed the oceans, the pocket chronometer was the captain’s watch, a mark of his rank both on shore and off. Ulysse Nardin’s pocket chronometers were among the most coveted – prized by naval officers and merchant captains the world over. That vibrant marine history led to the creation of the iconic Marine Chronometer, the ultimate expression of technical performance and beautiful design.
Now comes a new generation chronometer, made for the modern era: the Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur. Named for the small, fast ships of that earlier era, whose agility ensured they easily outmaneuvered bigger ships, this is a timepiece for contemporary explorers. A lighter, thinner version of the iconic Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer, the Marine Torpilleur is made for a young, less formal age.
It has dynamic appeal, certainly, yet is supported by generations of craftsmanship and performance that loyal customers know they can expect from the Swiss watchmaker.
Like its inspiration, the Marine Chronometer, the Torpilleur is powered by the self-winding in-house UN-118 movement, and features the same 60-hour power reserve and proprietary Silicium anchor escapement. The Marine Torpilleur also comes C.O.S.C-certified, and meets the equally stringent standards that allow it to proudly bear the Ulysse Nardin Performance Certificate.
“Priced at $6,900, this attractive and easy-to-wear 42 mm stainless steel watch represents the new entry level at Ulysse Nardin. Powered by the brand’s automatic officially chronometer-certified Caliber UN-118 with its cutting-edge silicon hairspring and escapement, the case and dial design remain strongly reminiscent of the brand’s bestselling Marine line, whose looks play on Ulysse Nardin’s long history in marine chronometers,” says Forbes.
“This launch came hot on the heels of the Marine Tourbillon, which caused a collective horological gasp back in January 2017 when it was introduced during the brand’s first SIHH showing in Geneva,” added Forbes.
Outstanding design is visible on the dial too, where the iconic features of the Marine collection are in evidence: the Roman numeral indexes, and the emblematic logo with its flash of red in “1846”. While the graceful hands possess the instantly recognizable shape of a Marine timepiece, they too are redesigned for the Marine Torpilleur.
Ulysse Nardin also unveils the Executive Moonstruck Worldtimer. This new model remains the only watch to depict the movements of the moon and sun in relation to the Earth, as well as a map of the tides.
Saluting the fascinating world of Chinese maritime history, Ulysse Nardin honored the Zheng He Treasure Boat in its new Classic Collection limited-edition enamel cloisonné timepiece. The Chinese Treasure Boat (or Bao-Chuan) was a type of large wooden ship in the fleet of admiral Zheng He, the renowned explorer and mariner, who led seven incredible voyages during the early 15th-century Ming Dynasty.
Ulysse Nardin supports 2017 Only Watch Charity Auction by presenting an exclusive Marine Tourbillon Only Watch timepiece designed especially for this year’s event. The 7th edition of this biennial charity auction of unique timepieces will take place on Saturday 11 November 2017 in Geneva. This prestigious event, under the patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, sees watchmaking groups and independent brands create exceptional timepieces to raise funds for research on neuromuscular diseases, specifically Duchenne muscular dystrophy.