The Swiss Watchmaker Launches Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Military Edition Watch – A New Variation Of The Marine Torpilleur Collection That Bears Vintage Military Timepiece
During the 19the century, the pocket chronometer formed an important part of a sea captain’s accouterment given its technical achievement of determining accurate time for navigation at sea. And since its inception in the year 1846 Ulysse Nardin, the swiss watchmaker in the Le Locale district located in the Jura Mountains, Switzerland, has been generating navigational timepieces thus establishing standards for precision in both civil and military realms.
In its entire history of watchmaking, the Swiss watchmaker has served over 50 navies and international shipping companies with its marine chronometers to render accuracy and efficiency during sea navigation.
And thus to carry that baton forward, it was in June 2017 that Ulysse Nardin introduced a new generation chronometer timepiece christened as Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur that was way much thinner and lighter than the Swiss watchmakers iconic Marine Chronometer timepieces.
Powered by the self-winding in-house UN-118 movement featuring proprietary Silicium anchor escapement, the Marine Torpilleur displayed Roman Index Numerals, a seconds display with a date window at 6 o’clock and a 60-hour power reserve display that sat just below 12 o’clock. Named after a torpedo boat – small and fast warships that easily outmaneuvered bigger ships – this contemporary marine chronometer was crafted for the younger lot.
And now, just before the 2018 SIHH event, the Swiss watchmaker introduces the military edition of the Marine Torpilleur that features the same UN-118 movement but incorporates a much bolder design, given the vintage military semblance of the timepiece.
Entitled as the direct descendant of the pocket chronometers coveted by the sea captains of 19th or the beginning of the 20th century, the Marine Torpilleur Military edition is a modern era chronometer that stands for a timepiece regarding all aspects expected to be part of a special force watch.
The Marine Torpilleur Military edition is available in two forms. One comes with an eggshell white dial outlined by beige or cream Arabic numerals along with an elegant top stitched tan leather strap. The other composition is in chic black with orange Arabic numerals and a black strap with orange top stitching.
The military edition of the Marine Torpilleur replaces the Roman Numerals with Arabic digits thus lending greater legibility and enabling quick reading of the time – an important and a must have feature from the perspective of a military style watch. Both the compositions feature an oversized crown and an impressive 44mm case that comes with steel sand-blasted finish and is water resistant upto 50 metres.
Like the original Marine Torpilleur, the case of the Military edition displays a small seconds function at 6 o’clock although without a date display as in the original Marine Torpilleur. The seconds display in the Military edition also exhibits a serial number in red referring to the timepiece that is one out of the 300 Limited Edition timepieces released, thus replacing the year ‘1846’ inscribed in red in the original Marine Torpilleur.
The military edition also displays the initials ‘C.W.’ in the seconds window that stand for a Chronometer Watch instead of denoting Chronometer as in the original Marine Torpilleur. Thus, other whole, the Marine Torpilleur Military edition is much simple in design and refers to the military models of the past whose design followed the strict codes of the armed forces.
Although, the new military edition of the Marine Torpilleur features a simple yet a bold design, the timepiece is powered by the Swiss watchmaker’s proprietary Caliber 118 produced in collaboration between Ulysse Nardin and Sigatec in Sion, Switzerland. The caliber incorporating Silicium plus diamond (DIAMonSIL) escapement together with the in-house-produced oscillator adjustable with four screws is a giant step towards innovation as the extremely hard but lightweight material eliminates friction and removes the need for lubrication of the escapement.
Besides, this contemporary chronometer boasts both COSC certification and the Ulysse Nardin certificate thus ensuring that the highest standards of accuracy and precision have been met in making these chronometer timepieces.
The self-winding caliber in the Marine Torpilleur Military renders a power reserve of approximately 60 hours and is confined within a stainless steel case covered by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The fluted bezel in stainless steel and the embossed torpedo boat at the case back referring to the very essence of the marine timepiece are the other features that define the aesthetics of the Marine Torpilleur Military timepiece.
Thus, backed by Ulysse Nardin’s 170 years of timekeeping excellence, the generations of precision and performance, there is no doubt that the Swiss watchmaker’s chronometers have been treasured by naval captains and explorers over the years. And Marine Torpilleur Military edition timepiece is another composition set out on the journey to outmaneuver its rivals at every turn.
The Ulysse Nardin Marine Topilleur Military Edition watch is priced at CHF 7’900. For more details, refer ulysse-nardin.com.