Like a wave perpetually seeking the shore, Ulysse Nardin continually seeks innovation: creating, developing and manufacturing astonishing timepieces that reinvent the notion of the mechanical watch. And confirm Ulysse Nardin as a bold adventurer in the world of haute horlogerie.
With a great number of registered patents for mechanical innovations, and 4,300 awards to its illustrious name, the Swiss watchmaker has thoroughly established its technical savoir faire. Every day, Ulysse Nardin continues to develop this expertise with the introduction of avant-garde materials like silicium or Diamonsil that improve the precision of each component. And yet, what is technical innovation without imagination? For watches to really take flight, and to qualify as the very finest haute horlogerie, technical mastery must be united with exquisite artistry. Each Ulysse Nardin timepiece is a precious work of art, an extraordinary ode to beauty, expertly brought to life by the most skilled craftspeople in the world.
More than an inspiration for the magnificent timepieces of Ulysse Nardin, the perpetual movement of the sea also drives the new Ulysse Nardin campaign, propelling the brand’s image into a new era. Featuring a pared-down design that underscores the watchmaker’s seafaring heritage, and highlights the beauty of the timepieces themselves, the campaign is a bold expression of Ulysse Nardin’s aim to navigate new waters in Swiss haute horlogerie.
Marine Tourbillon Grand Deck cutting-edge technology and innovative mechanisms are all aboard this high-precision craft decked out in a nautical-inspired design. On the dial, handcrafted wood marquetry evokes a ship’s deck, while the time display is original and creative: a boom pulled by super-strong nanowires indicates the minutes, while the hours are displayed on two concentric disks. The patented device, which is regulated by a second barrel, also incorporates a majestic tourbillon.
In the innovative Marine Tourbillon Grand Deck model, the retrograde minutes display takes the form of a boom. The technology is visually fascinating, and as complex as it is accomplished. Linked to a 60-second flying tourbillon, this patented system is drawn by a super-strong high-tech fibre that is thinner than a human hair. Impressive all-round, the timepiece showcases breakthrough technology in the unmistakable nautical-themed design of the Marine Chronometer family, of which it displays the legendary traits.
The Manufacture, as a pioneer in marine chronometers, has a long and distinguished history of producing high-precision seafaring instruments that have helped conquer the oceans since the 19th century. In a proud nod to its maritime roots, the Marine Tourbillon Grand Deck model incorporates the elements of a ship’s deck to display the time in a creative and original manner. The minutes hand is replaced by a boom – the horizontal spar used to angle the head sail. Working like the halyard cord that is used to hoist the sails of a ship, a wire pulls the boom across a graduated arc. The boom jumps back once an hour, its speed regulated by a purpose-designed retrograde mechanism. The mesmerising leap takes three to four seconds and can be viewed through the case back. The boom is pulled by a nanowire that measures a mere 0.0357mm in diameter and is capable of withstanding traction of 1.41kg without stretching. The nanowire is made of polyethylene Dyneema fibre, a material that is used in a ship’s rigging and is many times stronger than steel.
In a first for watchmaking, the transmission system loops the wires through a rigging screw: two strands are visible, and a third strand fastens the turn-buckle. The patented system, which is visible on the dial, is exclusive to Ulysse Nardin. Working like the winches that hoist the sails on deck, four “pulleys” use a drive gear, a spiral tensioning spring and two lock pins. The jumping hour is driven by two large concentric disks that turn in real time, and is displayed through a double aperture. A corrector positioned at two o’clock can be used to set the time quickly.
The Manufacture’s Caliber UN-630, a 60-second flying tourbillon with manual-winding movement, contains 469 components and oscillates at a frequency of 3Hz. Despite the considerable power requirements of the boom display, the movement offers optimal precision and a generous power reserve of over 48 hours. This compact example of mechanical ingenuity is housed in a white-gold case measuring 44mm in diameter and water-resistant to 100m. The dial of the Marine Tourbillon Grand Deck conjures a ship’s aesthetic and technical finesse. The fluted bezel is complemented by a screw-down crown with blue rubber molding. Handcrafted marquetry evokes the sun-soaked teak of a ship’s bridge. In the signature of the Marine Chronometer collection, the Ulysse Nardin logo, placed between two floating maritime symbols that correspond to the letters U and N, echoes the design of the ship’s chronometers that were historically produced by the Manufacture. This timepiece is exclusive by nature, available in a limited edition of 18 pieces.