Ulysse Nardin Dive Watches
What kind of dive watch would you expect from a brand like Swiss Ulysse Nardin but a lavish and luxurious one? While not abandoning the original idea of dive watches as tools intended to be worn and beat up, the Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronometer is an elegant and refined luxury diver that is probably most appropriate for people specifically into yachting – whether or not they are also into diving. There is certainly room for a unique option like this in the circa-$8k luxury dive watch segment, in my opinion.
At the heart of the refined architecture of the Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon Watch timepiece is the UN-171 manufacture movement, its complex mechanics stripped to a bare minimum. The essential beauty of the inner workings is fully revealed by its bold, aerial design. A design which takes the oversized Roman numerals, sword markers and raised rectangular bridge of the Executive collection.
A quintessential marine instrument – now made even more powerful by the UN-150 – the Diver Chronograph Hammerhead Shark is presented as a limited edition in both stainless steel and 18-karat rose gold 5N. Exceptionally nautical in style, both versions sport a deep blue dial with a signature hammerhead shark motif. Lifelike, the hammerheads appear to be waiting on their seamount before setting off to feed at night, only to return together to the same spot. They are the only sharks known to do this.
If you are as much into dive watches as we are at DiveIntoWatches.com, last week’s WatchTime New York event offered at least 30 additional very good reasons to visit the show at Gotham Hall. And just in case you missed it, here is a comprehensive overview of what the sponsoring brands had on display (from A to Z):
Ball Watch Co. showed most of its current collection; among the brand’s comprehensive range of dive watches was the recently relaunched Skindiver II
Maybe the first thing you’d have noticed while walking into the sprawling Ulysse Nardin pavilion at the world’s largest luxury watch fair, Baselworld, earlier this year, was a large replica model of the Artemis Racing team’s sailing yacht. So Ulysse Nardin has partnered with the team that’s going to take a shot at the America’s Cup Trophy in 2017 – the world’s oldest international sporting trophy.
The first thing you’d have noticed when walking into the sprawling Ulysse Nardin pavilion at the world’s largest luxury watch fair, Baselworld, earlier this year, was a large replica model of the Artemis Racing team’s sailing yacht. And Ulysse Nardin has partnered with the team that’s going to take a shot at the America’s Cup Trophy in 2017 – the world’s oldest international sporting trophy.
“The back of the watch is where the beauty lies,” said Ian Chang as he raised a GMT 6 watch by Kari Voutilainen that Mr. Chang had helped personalize, choosing its distinctive red hands. “The back is the first thing I look at. It’s a work of art.”Turning the watch over, he marveled at the balance springs and fingered the hand-polished edges.
This contemporary diver’s watch’s elegant case contains a fluted case band surrounding a dial characterized by greatly legible markers inlaid with luminous substance – as are the hands – for excellent legibility even under adverse lighting conditions: they glow in the dark after being loaded with natural or artificial light.
The dial is balanced out with the power reserve subdial on top, telling the wearer how much energy the automatic movement still has, while a subsidiary seconds dial frames the date window at 6 o’clock.
Currently – largely according to Ulysse Nardin – marine-styled timepieces are making a huge splash on the wrist. The brand has pioneered this style in the modern era, which has become a signature visual for the company.
Ulysse Nardin’s Marine line is an evergreen, making it very logical for the company to bring forth new coloring and styling for this rugged, all-weather timepiece year for year.