Long before revolutionizing watchmaking with silicium technology and introducing the Freak in 2001, Ulysse Nardin had earned acclaim for its precision marine chronometers. This expertise not only defined Ulysse Nardin’s legacy but also significantly influenced the design philosophy of the brand’s contemporary models. In 2017, Ulysse Nardin launched the Marine Torpilleur, a collection providing a more accessible alternative to its well-established Marine series. Fast forward to 2021, and the Marine Torpilleur series underwent a comprehensive revitalization, introducing new models, including an attractive moon phase watch. This is now further expanded with 300-piece limited edition featuring a midnight blue Aventurine dial. Next to that, the brand also adds a sparkling version of its Diver to the collection, this time permanently. Known as the Diver Starry Night, it follows suit to the Marine Torpilleur Moonphase Aventurine, with the addition of diamond hour indices.
Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Moonphase
Following its debut, the Marine Torpilleur Moonphase became a permanent fixture in the collection in 2022, featuring a 42mm rose gold case and a varnished white dial. This year, the brand unveils yet another iteration of the Marine Torpilleur Moonphase: a model distinguished by its aventurine dial, arguably the most romantic variation in the series.
The Marine Torpilleur Moonphase Aventurine comes in a stainless steel polished and satin-brushed case measuring 42mm in diameter. The fluted (coin-edged) bezel and a winding crown adorned with the UN logo add distinctive touches. A tiny plate fixed to the side of the case displays the watch’s sequential number in the limited issue series of 300. Secured with six screws, the sapphire display back contributes to the case’s overall water resistance of 50m. The dial design and choice of material draws from Ulysse Nardin’s rich history and connection to horological traditions related to the moon, the stars and the sea. The blue aventurine dial is meticulously crafted from fine plates cut from blocks of aventurine, ensuring uniformity, freedom from bubbles, and even sprinkling with copper glitter.
The dial layout remains easily readable and mirrors the design of earlier variants, featuring large Roman numerals, rhodium-plated classical spade and whip hands, and a moon phase indicator within the small seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock. The power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock indicates the remaining mainspring energy hours. The automatic UN-119 movement remains unchanged from earlier iterations – COSC-certified, featuring a silicon balance spring and escapement wheel, and an anchor in Diamonsil. With 222 components, including 45 jewels, it operates at 28,800vph and provides 60 hours of power reserve. The watch is adorned with a blue alligator strap secured with a folding clasp, and it comes with a price tag of EUR 13,800, available as a limited edition of 300.
Quick facts – 42mm x 11.13mm – stainless steel case, polished & satin-finished – fluted bezel – sapphire crystal front & back – 50m water-resistance – blue aventurine dial – white Roman numerals – spade & whip hands – power reserve indicator – small seconds sub-dial with integrated moonphase – UN-119, in-house automatic – COSC-certified – silicon hairspring – 28,800vph – 60h power reserve – hours, minutes, small seconds, power reserve, moonphase – blue alligator leather strap – Ref. 193-310LE-3A-AVE/1A – limited to 300 pieces – EUR 13,800
Ulysse Nardin Diver Starry Night
The Ulysse Nardin Diver Starry Night introduces a different aesthetic, housed in a 39mm stainless steel case and adorned with a bezel set with 40 diamonds. The dial is a captivating composition of two plates – a bottom layer of mother of pearl and a top layer of aventurine, resulting in an effect that evokes the ethereal beauty of the Milky Way. Serving as hour indices, 11 diamonds grace the dial, while the hands and a 12 o’clock-shaped index are coated with Super-LumiNova for enhanced visibility. A small round aperture at 6 o’clock discreetly displays the date against a white background.
Emphasizing its diving nature, the watch features 0 – 15 – 30 – 45 markings on the bezel, a solid caseback, and an impressive 300m water resistance. The UN-816 automatic movement that powers the Diver Starry Night, is equipped with a silicon escapement wheel and anchor and holds up to 42 hours of power reserve. To complement its versatility, Ulysse Nardin offers a choice of straps – either blue structured rubber or white alligator leather – secured with a stainless steel tang buckle. Priced at EUR 14,900, this timepiece enters the permanent collection.
Quick facts – 39mm diameter – stainless steel, polished & satin-finished – diamond-set bezel – sapphire crystal – sealed caseback – 300m water-resistance – aventurine dial with white mother-of-pearl bottom layer – diamond markers – index at 12’ and hands with Super-Luminova – date window – automatic UN-816 calibre (Sellita SW300 base) – 42h power reserve – 28,800vph – silicon components for the regulating organ – hours, minutes, seconds and date – ref. 8163-182B1-3A/3A (rubber strap); 8163-182B1-3A/1A (alligator strap) – EUR 14,900
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