Swiss luxury watch maker Ulysse Nardin supports this year’s Only Watch charity auction by unveiling the Marine Chronometer Manufacture Only Watch. The traditional Swiss watch manufacture, which is highly specialised in high precision marine chronometers since the beginning of 19th century, is donating this one of a kind creation to Monaco based Charity function.
The UN-118 caliber is powering the artfully designed Marine Chronometer Manufacture Only Watch. Gracing the 43 mm diameter case is its beautifully handcrafted enamel dial produced by Donzé Cadrans, the world-recognized enamel-dial specialist and a 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 Manufacture Only Watch 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. 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 Only Watch is offered in 18-karat rose gold with a black leather strap.
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
Oversized small seconds and round date window at 6 o’clock
Forward and backward date corrector
Case, dial & strap
Case: 18 ct gold unique piece “1/1” engraved on the side of the case
Dial: Grand Feu enamelled hour markers with Roman numerals “Only Watch “ mention in red at 6 o’clock Crown screw down security crown
Diameter: 43 mm
Water-resistance: 100 m
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Case-back: open case back with sapphire crystal
Bracelet: black leather strap and folding buckle in18 ct gold