Geneva Watch Days 2021: Ulysse Nardin, championing chronometry since 1846, introduces a new squadron of seven new Marine Torpilleur models, showcasing the brand’s 175 years of haute horlogerie savoir-faire and techniques: silicium technology, tourbillon & astronomy legacy, chronograph, in-house enamelling and design.
Ulysse Nardin’s History of Chronometry
Chronometry, which requires the highest skill level of any timekeeping creations, has been the unique domain of Ulysse Nardin since 1846, following in the tradition of its expert watchmaking since the company’s founding. During the 18th century, marine chronometers – with sufficient precision that allowed for long-distance exploration – saw their first tests as navigational tools. At the time, they acted as a compliment to the required expertise in astral navigation and precise time-based calculations necessary to find longitude. At that time, a Deck Chromometer was as essential of a strategic tool as a GPS or a radar system for a battleship.
Fast forward to 2017, Ulysse Nardin introduced a chronometer for a new generation: the Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur. Named for the small, fast ships of that earlier time, whose agility ensured that they could easily outmanoeuvred bigger ships, this is a timepiece for contemporary explorers. A lighter, thinner version of the iconic Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer, the Marine Torpilleur is made for free-minded adventurers.
2021 Marine Torpilleur Collection
The new collection of Marine Torpilleur watches all bear the codes of historical Marine Chronometers, such as the fluted bezel, roman numerals and the double counter. Each model, equipped with a silicium escapement, has a distinctive look and its own design, bearing the legacy and codes of the brand’s history. Along with the Marine Torpilleur Blue Enamel – the icon of the collection – these include the Panda, the Moonphase white, the Moonphase blue, the Chronograph white, the Chronograph blue, and the Tourbillon Grand Feu Enamel (black) in rose gold. Set with an Alligator leather strap, they are all compatible with the R-strap, made from recycled fishing nets. Every watch is as distinctive as its wearer and ready to accompany each modern Ulysses on the high seas of their unique voyages through life’s adventures.
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To celebrate this momentous 175th anniversary, all novelties are produced in limited editions and bear the signature “Chronometry since 1846” at 6 o’clock on the small seconds counter and a lightened minutes circle compared to the core collection.
The new Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Collection will be exclusively available at The Hour Glass in Singapore and Malaysia. Should you wish to learn more, please feel free to drop us a message; one of our Ulysse Nardin Watch Specialists will attend to you shortly.