Last year we saw the release of the magnificent Ulysse Nardin Marine Grand Deck Tourbillon. Created as a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Marine collection, the brand’s 2016 flagship quickly caught the attention of the watch world and became one of the most talked about models of the year. Equipped with a highly ingenious time display that resembles the boom of a ship, the Ulysse Nardin Marine Grand Deck Tourbillon features the innovative mechanisms, cutting-edge technology and exceptional craftsmanship that have propelled the Swiss watchmaker to its success.
Now for 2017, the renowned Le Locle manufacturer has decided to offer its flagship in a more a warm tone. After coming in 18k white gold, the Ulysse Nardin Marine Grand Deck Tourbillon is now available in 5N rose gold. Just like the original version, the new timepiece is also made as a limited collection of only 18 pieces. Ulysse Nardin has not yet revealed the price of its latest watch. However, judging by the price of the last year’s model ($280,000), it certainly won’t be very affordable .
So what is new with the new Ulysse Nardin Marine Grand Deck Tourbillon? Well, besides the new case material, not really much. The watch is placed inside a large 44mm case. Water resistant to 100 meters, the case features a fluted bezel, screw-down security crown covered with black rubber and a transparent sapphire back.
And now onto the watch’s most interesting feature – the dial of course . The Ulysse Nardin Marine Grand Deck Tourbillon now comes with a slightly darker wooden dial. Finely hand-crafted in pin oak, the dial has been made in the color of chocolate, creating a beautiful contrast with the rose gold of the case and lugs. Positioned just under the maritime symbols at 12 o’clock is a double aperture displaying the jumping hours. Featuring a white background for increased legibility, the hour indicator is driven by two large concentric disks. Shaped like a boom (a pole used to angle the head sail), the minutes hand is attached at 12 o’clock. The hand is driven using super-strong yet ultra-fine nanowires as well 2 pulleys and 2 winches in gold. The minutes are shown in gold on a spinel arc across the center of the dial, with the golden boom drawn across to show exact time. Completing the dial is the magnificent flying tourbillon, nested in a gold ring at 6 o’clock.
The new 2017 Ulysse Nardin Marine Grand Deck Tourbillon is powered by the manual wind Calibre UN-630. Visible through the transparent sapphire caseback, this exclusive movement is regulated by a 60-second flying tourbillon that works at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and enables a power reserve of approximately 48 hours. The time can be adjusted using the 2 o’clock pusher. And finally, completing the new Ulysse Nardin Marine Grand Deck Tourbillon we have a stylish black alligator leather strap secured with a 18k red gold folding buckle.