Flash News: Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Boutique Edition

By Thierry Ané on October 30, 2014

The “Marine” collection is perhaps the most popular offer from Swiss high-end brand Ulysse Nardin and it is precisely this maritime-inspired line that the brand has chosen to unveil this month a 99-piece-only limited edition created exclusively for their mono-brand boutiques around the world. For this exclusive edition, the sometimes very colourful “Marine” watch has put on a trendy all-black face with just the right amount of discreet red touches to spice things up without compromising the stealthy look.

The 45 mm stainless steel case is covered with a “blacktop” coating, a high-tech layer of amorphous carbon that provides additional hardness for lasting durability and an excellent resistance to scratches in addition to the stylish gloomy colour. Even the fluted unidirectional bezel uses this protective surfacing. This beautiful case is then paired with a black rubber strap with “blacktop” coated titanium inserts engraved with “Limited Edition” on one side of the case and the brand’s name on the other side. The titanium folding buckle is also black, only a hint of red on the rubberized grooved crown upsets the monochromatic ensemble. It also brings an intriguing disequilibrium to the uniformity of the timepiece.

The design team was equally successful in presenting an unusual dial that sets this piece apart from the flood of unoriginal “all-black” watches available on the market today. First, the background is black of course, but unlike most “Marine” models devoid of motif. No waves or boats here, just an elegant satin-finished black surface. The semi-skeletonised hands are also black and their tips are filled with the same anthracite luminescent material that covers the applied Roman numerals, creating a perfect harmony while preserving an excellent legibility in the dark.

The railway-style minute track placed on the flange plays the black and white cards save for the red triangular markers used at the cardinal points. The same red colour has been used sparsely on the small seconds sub-dial placed at 6 o’clock to indicate the 20, 40, and 60 seconds marks. The date window and its magnifying glass at 6 o’clock impinge on the small seconds and “VI” numeral while the usual circular power reserve indicator of the “Marine” collection lies at noon. Here again, some hints of red have been placed on the tip of the black hand, as well as on the zone indicating that your watch has reached the end of its 60 hours of power reserve and needs rewinding.

Inside this dark beauty, the brand placed the self-winding UN-118 calibre entirely conceived and executed in-house. With its anchor escapement produced using DiamondSil, an alliance of diamond and carbon, its oscillator with patented inertial balance wheel and patented silicium hairspring, this upscale COSC-certified movement embodies all of the brand’s Fine Watchmaking expertise. The transparent case back of this model water resistant to a depth of 200 meters will allow you to admire this innovative technology.

All in all, the Marine Chronometer Boutique Edition is a perfect ambassador of the brand’s know-how both technically and aesthetically and therefore an ideal choice for a “boutique edition” model: an excellent incentive to visit the nearest Ulysse Nardin boutique…

For more information please visit the Ulysse Nardin web site.

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