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Pre-SIHH releases: Ulysse Nardin with three novelties

with class leading low prices for grand feu enamel dials.
by Peter Chong on November 15, 2017

Ulysse Nardin releases three new novelties ahead of the 2018 session of the SIHH. The novelties are the Marine Tourbillon Blue Grand Feu, the Marine Torpilleur Military with two dial options and the Classico Manufacture Grand Feu.

 

Ulysse Nardin Marine Tourbillon Blue Grand Feu

 

Ulysse Nardin Marine Tourbillon Blue Grand Feu

Ulysse Nardin Marine Tourbillon Blue Grand Feu

 

The Marine Tourbillon is the essential Ulysse Nardin. It unites the fundamentals to the core philosophy of the brand:  in-house production, technical avant-garde and rare artistry. First introduced in SIHH 2017 (full review on the link), the new version now carries a new blue, guilloched grand feu dial.

The self-winding UN-128 caliber is produced in-house in the workshops at Le Locle utilising silicium technology. The movement has a 60-hour power reserve and a magnificent flying tourbillon.

 

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Military

 

Marine Torpilleur Military

The UN Marine Torpilleur Military with a black dial. The C.W. on the dial stands for Chronometer Watch, an indication to the high level of chronometry achieved.

 

The success of the UN Marine Torpilleur has inspired the manufacture to release the Marine Torpilleur Military edition. A chronometer designed for the adventurer. The design is a direct descendant of the pocket chronometers prized by sea captains, and reimagined to create a modern air.

 

Marine Torpilleur Military

The caseback is stamped with a Torpilleur boat

 

 

Its two interpretations take inspiration from the eternal elegance of vintage military timepieces. One with an eggshell white dial, whose outlined Arabic numerals enable quick reading of the time, matched by an elegant tan leather strap. The other in chic black, with orange Arabic numerals and superluminova-coated hands. Both editions is equipped with an over-sized crown, and a formidable 44 mm case with a steel sand-blasted finish, water-resistant to 50 meters, and stamped on the back with the distinctive Torpilleur

 

The movement is the UN-118, and is one of UN’s celebrated Marine Chronometer movements.

 

Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture Grand Feu

 

 

Two versions of the Classico Manufacture Grand Feu are available. One in a pure white enamel dial, and another in an intense black. The art of making black enamel dials is more complex than white ones. The selection of the the enamel powder is crucial in determining the result: black can only be created by applying different and carefully chosen colored pigments to the substrate, giving the enamel opacity and depth.

It is very challenging to control the quality of an enamel dial, and each of the successive high-temperature firings poses a risk to the outcome. Black reveals the slightest imperfection, the craftsmen and women at Donzé Cadran take great pains to smooth the surface of the enamel in between each trip to the kiln, knowing that at any time, the slightest flaw could ruin all their efforts. After the enamel dial is polished to a high sheen, it is ready for the final operation: applying the Roman numerals in a contrasting color that reveals the full splendor of the Grand Feu enamel dial.

The watch is powered by the in-house UN-320 caliber movement.

 

 

 

Technical Data and Price

Ulysse Nardin Marine Tourbillon Blue Grand Feu

Reference 1283-181/E3

Movement caliber UN-128

In-house designed movement Silicium escapement and spring

Power-Reserve approximately 60 h

Winding self-winding

Functions Chronometer with power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock 60 seconds flying Tourbillon

Case stainless steel

Bezel fluted, stainless steel

Dial blue “Grand Feu” enamel with roman numerals

Crown screw down security crown, covered with rubber

Diameter 43 mm

Water-resistance 100 m Crystal anti-reflective sapphire crystal

Case-back open case-back with sapphire crystal

Strap leather strap with folding clasp

Price S$43,100-, €28‘000.-, CHF 28‘000.- Prices are subject to changes without prior notice

 

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Military

References 1183-320LE/60 1183-320LE/62

Limited Edition 300 pieces

Movement caliber UN-118, Ulysse Nardin certificate In-house designed movement. Escapement, patented DIAMonSIL

Oscillator: patented inertial balance wheel I 10 with silicium hairspring

Power-Reserve approximately 60 h

Winding self-winding

Functions chronometer COSC small direct seconds at 6 o’clock

Case stainless steel

Bezel fluted, stainless steel

Dial eggshell or black with Arabic numerals

Crown screw down security crown

Diameter 44 mm

Water-resistance 50 m

Crystal anti-reflective sapphire crystal

Case-back stamped with a Torpilleur boat

Strap leather strap with folding buckle

Price S$12,200-, € 7’900.-, CHF 7’900.- (1183-320LE/60) € 7’900.-, CHF 7’900.- (1183-320LE/62) Prices are subject to changes without prior notice

 

Classico Manufacture Grand Feu

 

Reference 3203-136-2/E2 3203-136-2/E0-42

Movement Caliber UN-320, In-house designed movement, with Ulysse Nardin certificate. Silicium hairspring and anchor escapement

Power-Reserve approximately 48 h

Winding self-winding

Functions H/M/s/D small seconds-hand counter at 6 o’clock Forward and backward date corrector

Case stainless steel

Dial white or black “Grand Feu” enamel with roman numerals

Diameter 40 mm

Water-resistance 30 m

Crystal anti-reflective sapphire crystal

Case-back screwed open case back with sapphire crystal

Strap leather strap with a tang buckle

Price S$12,300-, €8’800.-, CHF 8’800.- (ref 3203-136-2/E2) €8’800.-, CHF 8’800.- (ref 3203-136-2/E0-42) Prices are subject to changes without prior notice

 

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