There are plenty of watchmakers that like to jump on the marine bandwagon and claim relevance to the sport we enjoy – but of all the brands in the world, few enjoy a more profound maritime heritage or a more pertinent modern product line than six-times sponsor of the Monaco Yacht Show, Ulysse Nardin.
Founded in 1846, not only did it go on to supply marine chronometers to 50 of the world’s navies but it also won an unprecedented number of awards for the accuracy of its marine timepieces along the way. As CEO, Patrik Hoffmann, points out: “Ulysse Nardin’s DNA is closely linked to seafaring history. GPS and modern technology have long replaced the traditional chronometer but our original chronometer still inspires our current Marine Collection - which uses a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock and an oversized second hand just like its historical predecessor.”
Well with more than 200 models in its marine line-up, you might argue there was no great need for another one but as the Monaco Yacht Show approaches (26-29 September 2014), they have released it anyway in the form of the Marine Diver Monaco Limited Edition.
Everything about this latest timepiece screams salty sea dog – from Nardin’s anchor emblem at 2 o’clock, to the sailboat motif on the dial, the wave pattern on the bezel and the case itself, which is built for the extreme conditions encountered at sea. It uses a screw-locked crown and case-back for water-resistance to 300 metres, plus a unidirectional rotating bezel to help prevent accidental adjustment of dive time. It has also been optimised for easier sub-surface visibility with a 44mm face and large hour-markers and hands, plus a luminescent white coating with red stripe detail.
Now I don’t know the price of the new watch – but given that the standard range runs from around £6,000 to £30,000 (and that you can easily spend in excess of £100,000 for a ‘complication’ timepiece from Ulysse Nardin), the Monaco Limited Edition might well cost the whole of the budget you were setting aside for that boat upgrade.
Even so, if your wallet is deep and your standards are high, you’ll struggle to find a watch with more authentic maritime credibility than this.
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