Swiss luxury watch brand Ulysse Nardin unites Art and Precision with Enamel and UN-118 Caliber and introduces the Marine Chronometer Manufacture.
An expanded 45 mm diameter case and a new crown design for easy handling, complete with a rubber notch for comfortable winding, are not the only progressions made to the coveted Marine Chronometer. Gracing the collection’s latest addition is its beautifully handcrafted enamel dial produced by Donzé Cadrans, the world-recognized enamel-dial specialist and the latest member of the Ulysse Nardin group of companies.
A refined and complex decorative technique, the mastery of enamelling depends upon both the personal sensitivity and daily practice of the artist. It is a centuries-old craft that continues to make its stunning mark on Ulysse Nardin timepieces. For the Marine Chronometer dial, the aesthetic is a bright, snow white offset by black Roman numerals and bold accents of cherry red, presenting a style that is simultaneously straight-forward and interesting. Its 18-karat rose-gold bevelled case enhances the timepiece’s sophistication.
Further illustrating Ulysse Nardin’s imagination in watch making is the UN-118 caliber, the manufacture’s self-winding base caliber conceived and executed entirely in-house, and now offered in the Marine Chronometer Manufacture. This caliber continues the advancement of Ulysse Nardin’s use of new materials and techniques.
The anchor escapement in Caliber UN-118 is produced using DiamonSil, Ulysse Nardin’s revolutionary alliance of diamond and silicon, and a furthering of its pioneering collaboration with Sigatec. Caliber UN-118 demonstrates the synergies between technologies of the engraving of silicon and Diamond Coated Silicon (DCS) and is the first member of a new family of movements that will house this anchor escapement in DiamonSil, with Ulysse Nardin’s own oscillator and its patented hairspring.
The movement features a stellar 60-hour power reserve indicator, oversized small seconds register and a date display at 6 o’clock. It boasts Ulysse Nardin’s “quick setting” allowing forward and backward date adjustments.
The Marine Chronometer Manufacture will be available in a limited edition of 350 pieces in 18-karat rose gold, and an unlimited edition of two-tone titanium case with gold bezel and gold crown, as well as an all stainless-steel/titanium case.
Model: Marine Chronometer Manufacture
Ref. 1186-122: 18 ct rose gold with Grand Feu enamelled dial, Limited Edition to 350 pieces
Ref. 1185-122 titanium with gold bezel
Ref. 1183-122 titanium, stainless steel
Caliber UN-118, 11 ½’’ In-house designed movement Escapement, patented DIAMonSIL Oscillator : patented inertial balance wheel I 10 with silicium hairspring 50 jewels
Power-Reserve: approximately 60 h
Chronometer C.O.S.C with power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock
Small direct seconds and round date window at 6 o’clock
Forward and backward date corrector
18 ct gold or titanium with gold bezel or titanium-stainless steel
Crown: screw down security crown
Diameter: 45 mm
Water-resistance: 200 m
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Case-back: open case back with sapphire crystal
Leather strap or rubber strap with 18 ct gold or titanium elements and folding buckle, 18 ct. gold or titanium-gold or titanium-stainless steel bracelet