Monday, September 30, 2013

Marine Chronograph Manufacture

This just in from Ulysse Nardin -
Courtesy of Ulysse Nardin

In 2012, Ulysse Nardin had already presented its Marine Chronometer Manufacture equipped with the in-house movement UN-118. The new Marine Chronograph Manufacture has now been added to this collection, bearing all the hallmarks of marine instruments: a generously sized case with a 43 mm diameter for excellent readability, a fluted bezel, a screw-locked crown guaranteeing complete water resistance, and solid lugs to ensure excellent stability on the wrist.

However, it is the purity of the dial that instantly attracts the eye. Made by the DonzĂ© Cadrans workshops, acquired by the Ulysse Nardin company in 2011, it is a unique homage to the founder’s designs. In Grand Feu enamel, it demands skills and techniques that are rare today, and which very few Manufactures can still pride themselves in mastering. The craftsman applies the enamel in successive layers, between which the dial is fired at a temperature of almost 900°C. Gradually, from the pure white background emerges the intense black of the roman numeral hours, the railtrack minute circle and the various counters. The pride of Ulysse Nardin, this everlasting Grand Feu enamel dial features on the Marine Chronograph Manufacture in an 18 ct. pink gold limited edition of 150 pieces.

Another of Ulysse Nardin’s proud achievements is the automatic chronograph caliber UN-150. With a 48-hour power reserve, it displays the hours, minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock, a date aperture at 4.30 and a chronograph showing the seconds in the center, as well as a minute counter at 3 o’clock and an hour counter at 6 o’clock. Made up of 322 components, the watch required two years of adjustments and finishing after its rights were acquired from a leading Swiss brand. Today, it is made in-house by Ulysse Nardin, which has also endowed it with its silicon escapement that beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour, a mark of extreme precision.

At the same time as it pays tribute to the creative genius of the brand’s founder, the new Marine Chronograph Manufacture symbolizes Ulysse Nardin's quest for innovation and independence. This timepiece has the credentials to launch the family firm onto the greatest oceans of Fine Watchmaking. 

Technical Specifications 

Ref. 1506-150/LE
18 ct rose gold with Grand Feu enameled dial, Limited Edition to 150 pieces

Ref. 1506-150/61
18 ct rose gold
Ref. 1503-150/62
stainless steel

caliber UN-150
In-house designed movement 
Silicium escapement 28’800 v/h

approximately 48 h


chronograph with seconds hand in the centre 
Small seconds counter at 9 o’clock
30 minutes counter at 3 o’clock
12 hours counter at 6 o’clock

Date between 4 and 5 o’clock   

18 ct gold or stainless steel

screw down security crown

43 mm

open case back with sapphire crystal

leather strap or rubber strap with 18 ct rose gold or 
titanium elements and folding buckle, 18 ct rose gold bracelet   


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