The principality of Monaco, nestled on the Mediterranean coast between France and Italy, has always been an attractive venue for the rich and famous. Whether it is the world-famous Casino, the longstanding Monaco Grand Prix, or the luxurious Monaco Yacht Show, it’s a playboy’s playground. And, of course, where maritime activities are concerned, marine chronometry is never far away. Ulysse Nardin, the official sponsor of the annual event for over a decade, presents the Ulysse Nardin Diver Monaco Yacht Show and Marine Mega Yacht on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the first Monaco Yacht Show.
What started as an event for yacht brokers – people who connect suppliers with customers – has turned into a leading, luxurious gathering of hand-selected yacht manufacturers and affiliated companies. In its 20 years of existence, the show has expanded into the luxury world beyond yachts, represented by luxury brands and high-end automobile manufacturers.
The location for the event is Monaco’s Port Hercules harbour, which we all know from events like the annual Monaco Grand Prix. Every year a selection of the finest yachts is invited to one of the spots available in the harbour. Other than that, about 600 exhibitors are participating, from brokers to suppliers and shipbuilders.
Of course, everything is catered to the life of the super-wealthy, those able to spend millions on an extravagant yacht. But the show is open to the public, so if you fancy checking out some of the stuff on display, you can attend. The 2021 edition of the Monaco Yacht Show runs from the 22 – 25 of September.
Given the brand’s rich history in the development of marine chronometry and precision navigational instruments, it’s no coincidence that Ulysse Nardin is a partner of the Monaco Yacht Show. Even today, through collections like the Marine, Marine Torpilleur, and Diver, the maritime connection is alive and kicking.
With its background and connection to the nautical show, it’s only natural to dress up the emblematic Diver and Marine collection for the occasion. A robust tool-like instrument and an Haute Horlogerie timepiece have been selected to represent the brand and the event.
Ulysse Nardin Marine Mega Yacht Monaco Yacht Show Limited Edition
Up first is a genuinely provocative piece, one that is bound to divide opinions: the Ulysse Nardin Marine Mega Yacht. First presented in platinum, this limited edition of 30 pieces now features a rose gold case. This Haute Horlogerie timepiece pays homage to the nautical credentials associated with Ulysse Nardin and, by default, with the Monaco Yacht Show.
The enamel dial is made in-house and adorned with the stylized bow of a ship. Other than that, there are numerous other references to yachting life. A chain-and-anchor power reserve indicator, for instance, is connected to the windlass you can see at twelve o’clock. This is similar to a ship’s winching system for the anchor. Furthermore, the outer cage of the flying tourbillon is shaped like a propellor.
But the watch is not all show and no go, as it has additional useful indications for marine life. There’s a large 3D moon phase and an indicator of tidal coefficients and volumes. The UN-631 calibre is developed in-house, and as said, regulated by a flying tourbillon. The power reserve is a healthy 80 hours. The Ulysse Nardin Marine Mega Yacht is limited to 30 pieces and has a price of CHF 266,800.
Quick facts – 44mm diameter – rose gold case, polished – sapphire crystal on both sides – Grand Feu enamel dial with ship’s bow – central hour and minute hands – UN6310 calibre, in-house – hand-wound – 504 components – 80-hour chain-and-anchor style power reserve indicator – windlass at 12 o’clock – 3D spherical moon phase – tidal coefficient and volume indicator – one-minute flying tourbillon – limited edition of 30 pieces – EUR 266,800
Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph Monaco Yacht Show Limited Edition
The second watch presented is much less complicated and, quite honestly, the more practical of the two for everyday use. The Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph Monaco Yacht Show Limited Edition incorporates red, white, and blue throughout the watch for a sporty, maritime look. The 44mm wide case is made of titanium, as is the bezel, screw-down crown and pushers. A sapphire crystal protects the dial and reveals the mechanics on the reverse side. Water-resistance is rated at 300 meters.
The rubber-clad bezel and rubber bracelet, with signature UN link, match the blue used on the chronograph counters. The dial is mainly white with red details to liven it up. Large hour markers and hands make it easy to tell the time at a glance. Underneath the sapphire crystal caseback, you can see the in-house UN-150 chronograph movement, equipped with a silicium escapement. For more details on this movement, and the Diver Chronograph collection, see here.
The Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph Monaco Yacht Show is limited to 100 pieces, with a retail price of EUR 11,300.
Quick facts – 44mm diameter – titanium case with screw-down crown and pushers – sapphire crystal on both sides – inverted concave rotating bezel – 300m water-resistance – white dial with blue chronograph counters and red details – UN-150 chronograph movement, in-house – silicium escapement – hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph indications, date – 48h power reserve – limited edition of 100 pieces – EUR 11,300