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Ahoi! Ulysse Nardin Has The Wind In Its Sails With The New Marine Torpilleur

Ulysse Nardin continues its rejuvenation and refocuses on its marine heritage with the launch of a new iteration of its Marine Torpilleur watch. This new edition shows the whole extent of the savoir-faire of the Le Locle Maison. All Aboard!

By Benjamin Teisseire

Classic and contemporary

This new version of the ever-popular Marine Torpilleur collection offers classicism with elegant modernity. As evidenced by its well-rounded rose gold case and its plunging lungs. But, if we take a closer look, we see that the case is slightly curved towards the bottom which gives it a discreet lightness. The thin and fixed bezel makes the watch look wider than it actually is and its 42mm size fits comfortably even on thin wrists.

The delicate groove of the case gives it a real touch of contemporary elegance to which the notched crown echoes. The juxtaposition of brushed and polished surfaces, as on the lungs, upholds this impression. A small nod to the past is found on the plate screwed on the side with its number which refers to the marine chronometers which contributed to Ulysse Nardin’s fame. A nice vintage touch on a timepiece that is not lost on this author.

Elegance and Readability

We immediately noticed the beauty of the black dial which stands out very elegantly against the golden pear-shaped hands and elongated and refined roman numeral indexes. Primarily encased in steel, the piece also turns out to be quite a versatile with a pink gold case. The balance of the dial is enhanced by the two sub-counters. At 12 o’clock, the 60-hour power reserve is visible between the indications ‘Haut’ (high) and ‘Bas’ (Low) in the same pink gold tone. At 6 o’clock, a small hand, always in the same tone, with a counter-weight in a pear shape, gently displays the seconds.

The year of creation of Ulysse Nardin – 1846 - counter-balanced by the mention Chronometer, comes to give the final touch to the harmony that emerges from the timepiece. A successful design is in all these little details. The new Ulysse Nardin from Patrick Pruniaux has apparently well understood that it works perfectly. Sobriety, elegance and perfect readability are unmissable.

Manufacture Movement

The UN118 Caliber that gives new life to this model via an automatic movement entirely produced internally. A true COSC-certified chronometer reminds us that the precision of Ulysse Nardin is what made the brand famous at a time when marine chronometers made it possible to sail the seas with exactitude. The movement is clearly visible by the sapphire crystal back and its wide opening. We can then admire its entire beauty through the cleverly open worked 22k gold Anchor shape oscillating weight with a Golden Ulysse Nardin logo set against a navy blue background.

The Marine reference is clear and the watchmaking precision guaranteed by the stamp 'Ulysse Nardin certified' which comes to crown the goodness and the beauty of the caliber. The movement decoration are in the tradition of Swiss high Watchmaking which characterizes Ulysse Nardin. And for the price, collectors, young and old, will be undoubtfully delighted.

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