Ulysse Nardin unveils two new Marine Torpilleur watches for 2018


Last year, Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Ulysse Nardin refreshed its emblematic Marine collection with a new flagship piece – the Marine Torpilleur. Elegant, stylish and well-priced, the watch proved to be a great success amongst collectors, quickly becoming the company’s best-selling timepiece. After the first two models with white or blue dials, and a more sporty Marine Torpilleur Military introduced at the SIHH 2018, Ulysse Nardin is now expanding the Marine series with two new Marine Torpilleur editions: one in stainless steel with gunmetal grey dial (ref. 1183-310/42-BQ) and the other in rose gold with black and gold dial (ref. 1182-310/42). The former is a boutique-only version while the latter will be available at all authorized retailers. These timepieces are priced at €6,900 and €17,900 respectively. The Le Locle watchmaker has announced that soon more Marine Torpilleur models will be released.

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The stainless steel model is only available at Ulysse Nardin’s boutiques

 

Inspired by Ulysse Nardin’s rich marine heritage, the Marine Torpilleur watches are fully modernized for daily urban wear. According to the brand’s CEO Patrick Pruniaux, they are aimed at a younger clientele and represent a less formal, more modern version of the iconic Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer. The Marine Torpilleur timepieces take their inspiration from two breakthrough innovations of the early nineteenth century. The first, of course, are Ulysse Nardin’s legendary marine chronometers. Reliable and precise, these exceptional deck chronometers were crucial elements of navigation which helped open the world’s seas to numerous merchants, explorers and adventurers. The second innovation was the invention of Torpedo boats (Torpilleurs in French). Small and fast, these vessels were created to counter large battleships and other slow and heavily armed ships by using speed, agility, and the power of their self-propelled torpedo weapons.

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Both models are aimed at a younger clientele

 

Now back to the latest Marine Torpilleur models. The two new stunning editions both feature 42mm cases that are water resistant to 50 meters. The crowns are screw down type and engraved with the Ulysse Nardin logo while the case backs are transparent. Compared to previous Marine Torpilleur editions, the new models feature slightly redesigned cases, with lighter, more elongated lugs, a thinner fluted fixed bezel, and a much thinner flange framing the dial. Both dial options have white elongated Roman numerals and rose gold pear-shaped hands. Rose gold is also used for the “Haut” (high) and “Bas” (low) indications of the power reserve, and the “1846” on the small seconds counter. The latter is, of course, a nod to the brand’s birth year.

Powering the new Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur watches is the in-house developed caliber UN-118. This COSC-certified self-winding chronometer features several modern technologies including inertial balance wheel with Silicium hairspring and proprietary Silicium anchor escapement. Visible through the sapphire case back, it is decorated with Geneva waves, blued screws, and engraved oscillating weight. The movement itself works at 4Hz and offers a power reserve of 60 hours. Completing the new Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur models is a stylish alligator leather strap: grey for the steel model and black for the rose gold version.

 

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