Watches: Ulysse Nardin Dual Time Manufacture Monaco Yacht Show 2015

By Thierry Ané on September 14, 2015

If you want to discover the newest luxury yachts in a wonderful setting, there are few places like the renowned Monaco Yacht Show. Indeed, Europe's biggest in-water display of super and mega yachts held in Port Hercules has become a reference and the 2014 event, the largest in its history, attracted some 33,000 visitors.

This year again, 121 superyachts and more than 500 exhibitors are expected for the 25th anniversary edition that will take place from September 23rd to 26th in the Principality of Monaco. Swiss luxury brand Ulysse Nardin, the long-lasting partner of the show, will once again be the Official Sponsor.

Over the years, this prestigious collaboration has proven extremely fruitful and provided excellent opportunities for the Manufacture to showcase its creativity through the unveiling of dedicated limited edition watches celebrating the maritime world in every shade of blue.

The newly unveiled Dual Time Manufacture Monaco Yacht Show 2015 will thus continue the tradition for the greatest pleasure of all the aficionados of the brand. It will even provide an unexpected but much welcome change relative to the previous years. Indeed, given the maritime nature of the event, the “Marine” collection seems the natural choice for the “Monaco Yacht Show” limited editions and Ulysse Nardin delivered quite a few renditions of the “Marine Diver” for the occasion, as for instance last year’s great-looking Marine Diver Monaco Yacht Show 2014.

For 2015, though, the Manufacture opted for the “Dual Time” line to pay tribute to the Monaco Yacht Show. In 2011, the watchmaker already presented a Dual Time Monaco Yacht Show model but, this year, the watch houses the UN-324 calibre entirely designed, developed and manufactured in the brand’s workshops.

Based upon the Dual Time Manufacture presented in 2014, this 42 mm watch is a more laid-back dual time model than the Executive Dual Time from which the 2011 model drew its inspiration and therefore a more suitable base for a sports and leisure-related timekeeper.

Crafted in stainless steel, this Dual Time Manufacture Monaco Yacht Show 2015 boasts a splendid ocean blue colour. First on the alligator strap that also presents some contrasting white stitches reminiscent of maritime ropes, but also on the stunning dial with sunray finish. There, hints of white and red give the watch its unique character.

All the functionalities one expects to find on a Ulysse Nardin “Dual Time” model are of course present: the small seconds at 6 o’clock, the large date in two circled windows located at 2 o’clock and the very useful second time zone in a window at 9 o’clock. Needless to say, the latter can be adjusted backward and forward just like the date: a much-appreciated characteristic of this brand’s dual time movement.

Compared to the non-limited Dual Time Manufacture version, this model dedicated to the Monaco Yacht Show 2015 offers a brand new display: following an arc of a circle between 3 and 4 o’clock, the watch offers a mode display. Activated by a pusher set over the crown, the owner can switch from “Time Setting” to “Neutral” or to “Winding”. A subtle but extremely stylised “Monaco yacht Show 2015” inscription decorates the outline of this function indicator too rarely found on modern timekeepers.

On the back of the case, a sapphire crystal provides an uncluttered view of the manufacture movement and its impeccable finish. There, a blue inscription on the oscillating weight reminds the owner that this model relies on the brand's patented inertial balance wheel with silicium hairspring. The rotor is also adorned with two beautiful medallions: one with Ulysse Nardin’s logo on a blue background and the other representing the Principality of Monaco’s coat of arms in white and red.

The Dual Time Manufacture Monaco Yacht Show 2015 is an all-purpose timepiece with extremely refined functions and equally sophisticated design details. It really makes me want to rush to the nearest Ulysse Nardin boutique and add the watch to my collection!

For more information please visit the Ulysse Nardin web site.

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