Le-Locle-based Ulysee Nardin has introduced the Marine Torpilleur - a lighter, thinner version of its emblematic Marine Chronometer. This is a clearly a watch for a younger, less formal age and suited to everyday wear.
Navigators and explorers relied on the pocket chronometers to help them keep their bearings on the high seas. An invaluable navigation tool, marine chronometers had to be extremely precise and reliable instruments. Ulysee Nardin has long had a history of producing great marine chronometers and this new watch hopes to continue that legacy
Named for the small, fast ships of that earlier era, whose agility ensured they easily outmaneuvered bigger ships, the Marine Torpilleur is available with a white or blue dial in stainless steel or a white dial version in 18k rose gold.
The models use a modern 42 mm case with the characteristic fluted bezel seen in the Marine Chronometer. Despite its association with the sea, the watch has a water resistance of only 50 meters. You have to remember that marine chronometers seldom left the decks, it was intended to be worn by the captain of the ship. The case has short, slim lugs and is fitted with a sapphire crystal on the dial side and on the exhibition caseback.
The characteristic design codes of the Marine collection are seen on the dial, which takes inspiration from the brand’s historic pocket chronometers. The Torpilleur doesn’t have the prominent tracks for the minutes seen on the Marine Chronometer models, but instead more a subtle minute ring on the circumference of the dial.
It has the typical Roman numeral indexes and logo with its flash of red in ‘1846’ seen in the Marine chronometer family. The slender blue hands have been redesigned completely and add to the whole vintage aesthetic of the watch. The small seconds at 6 o’clock encircles the date window, while the 60-hour power reserve indicator is at 12 o’clock.
Like its inspiration, the Marine Chronometer, the Torpilleur is powered by the self-winding in-house UN-118 movement, and features the same 60-hour power reserve and proprietary Silicium anchor escapement. The Marine Torpilleur also comes C.O.S.C-certified, and meets the equally stringent standards that allow it to bear the Ulysse Nardin Performance Certificate.
The watch is paired with a leather strap with folding buckle or stainless steel bracelet. Prices start at $7,882 (AED28,968) for the steel version and $20,450 (AED75,150) for the rose gold version.