Born from the world’s most pioneering expeditions at sea, the Ulysse Nardin legacy started with the precision pocket chronometer, a resilient piece of engineering which was widely regarded as the captain’s watch and represented rank both on and off shore.
This coveted status would eventually lead the Swiss watchmaker to conceive their iconic Marine Chronometer, the ultimate expression of technical performance and striking design which would be inherited by over fifty of the world’s navies during the 1800s.
Today that illustrious legacy has culminated in a new generation of chronometer crafted for the modern era – the Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur.
42mm stainless steel / gold
Self-winding Ulysse Nardin UN-118 movement
60-hour power reserve
50-metre water resistance
Leather, Stainless Steel
AUD $9,995 (Steel)
AUD $25,995 (Gold)
An Icon Of Nautical Design
In its newest form the Marine Torpilleur features classically appointed design elements that look towards the future.
This comes as a lighter and thinner version of the iconic Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer whilst ensuring that the watch appeals to younger wearers in a less formal society.
Design-wise the timepiece retains parts of its DNA with large Roman numeral indexes encompassing a bold logo offset by a red ‘1846’ timestamp – the very year that the watchmaker was founded.
A 42mm case and knurled bezel paired with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal case-back polishes off the piece’s main design elements nicely.
Movement & Mechanics
Whilst marine chronometers might not be as prolific as they once were, the DNA of the original mechanism continues to live on in the latest Marine Torpilleur’s movement.
The watch is powered by the self-winding in-house UN-118 movement which drives the hours and minute hands alongside a power reserve counter at 12 o’clock and a chrono counter at 6 o’clock. The latter of also encompasses a small circular date window.
Ulysse Nardin is one of the last few watchmakers in the world to produce their hairspring and escapement – the heart of the timepiece – entirely in house. Whilst this rich tradition continues to stand, the advancement of modern technology is also embraced with the use of silicium for these critical components. This allows the mechanism to operate without the need for lubrication whilst remaining anti-magnetic – a property which protects your watch’s timing integrity from everyday interference from your smartphone, computers and electronic devices. The result is a timepiece which performs with precision and accuracy.
To ensure precision and accuracy the watch comes with C.O.S.C-certification alongside the company’s own stringent Ulysse Nardin Performance Certificate.
An impressive 60-hour power reserve along with a 50-metre water resistance rating makes the Marine Torpilleur a rather functional and attractive companion.
Variations Of The Marine Torpilleur
Those with a specific taste in horology will welcome the three distinct variations and two dials the Marine Torpilleur comes in.
Wearers can choose from the 42mm 18k rose gold case paired with a white dial and leather strap, a 42mm stainless-steel case paired with a white dial and leather strap or a 42mm stainless steel case with a striking blue dial that is paired with a stainless steel bracelet.
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Who’s Wearing The Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur
A watch manufacturer with deep roots in sea navigation, constant innovation and pursuit of perfection needs a name that reflects that very same spirit of passion, precision and performance.
Australia’s Nathan Outteridge is this persona as the current skipper of Artemis Racing alongside Iain Percy, a world-class sailing team which has contested 64 America’s Cup campaigns to date.
Outteridge himself began his love affair with sailing at the age of just five in the early 90s. By 2008 the young sailor had won his first World Championship title, a feat he would again achieve in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
Besides his slew of silverware across different sailing codes, it was his gold medal score at the London Olympics that would cement him as one of the best competitive sailors in the world.
Not long after the 27-year-old had piqued the interest of Artemis Racing and the rest they would say, is history.
Final Thoughts On The Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur
It may be designed to conquer the demands of a modern world but at its heart, like that of every true adventurer, the Marine Torpilleur belongs to the sea.
This is the pioneering spirit that helped establish Ulysse Nardin’s Marine Chronometer as an important piece of timing history and exploration.
To have that privilege to carry on the spirit of adventure into the future in a functional, attractive and wearable timepiece is an easy decision.
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