Le-Locle-based Ulysse Nardin has introduced two new models in the Marine Torpilleur range. The two new watches feature black or grey dials and sit alongside the blue and white dial models that were first launched in July 2017.
The Torpilleur is a lighter, thinner version of its emblematic Marine Chronometer and is a watch for a younger, less formal age and suited to everyday wear. Named for the small, fast ships (Torpilleur is French for Torpedo boats) of the late 19th century, whose agility ensured they easily outmaneuvered bigger ships, the Marine Torpilleur was first launched a white or blue dial in stainless steel or a white dial version in 18k rose gold.
Back to the latest releases, the rose gold version is paired with black dial while the boutique-only version in stainless steel is paired with a gunmetal sunburst grey dial. 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.
Both watches feature elegant Roman numerals to mark the hours. On the black dial, poire-style hands are in rose gold color, as are the ‘Haut’ (high) and ‘Bas’ (low) indications of the power reserve. The small seconds counter at 6 o’clock encircles the date window and the “1846” logo—a nod to the year the brand was founded.
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 and the screw-down crown has the Ulysse Nardin logo. Both watches are paired with alligator leather straps.
These watches are 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.
While the grey dial version (Ref. 1183-310/42-BQ) is priced at $6,900 (AED 24,340), the black dial version in the rose gold case (Ref. 1182-310/42) is priced at $17,900 (AED65,735).