Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Manufacture

Ulysse Nardin marine Chronometer Manufacture frontMarine chronometers are part of Ulysse Nardin’s identity: the company was famous for them in the 19th century. It should come as no surprise, then, that the brand selected its Marine Chronometer wristwatch, which was named in honor of the company’s ships chronometers, to be among the first timepieces to receive the new caliber UN-118 manufacture movement.

The Marine Chronometer Manufacture has a 45-mm case (larger than the existing Marine Chronometer case) and a new crown designed for easy handling. The dial is handcrafted enamel, produced by Donzé Cadrans, the newest member of the Ulysse Nardin group of companies. (Click on photos for larger images.)

Ulysse Nardin marine Chronometer Manufacture side

Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Manufacture back

The escapement in Caliber UN- 118, the result of a collaboration between Ulysse Nardin and the Swiss firm Sigatec, is made of a material called Diamonsil, which consists of synthetic diamond grown on a silicon base. The movement also features the company’s own oscillator and its patented hairspring.

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Ulysse Nardin’s manufacture Caliber UN-118, dial side (above) and back (below)

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The Marine Chronometer Manufacture will be available in three versions: a limited edition of 350 pieces in rose gold priced at $38,600 on a strap; an unlimited two-tone edition with titanium case with gold bezel and gold crown priced at $17,800 on a strap; and a stainless-steel/titanium case priced at $10,400 on a strap. Matching bracelets are also available.

Technical characteristics:

Movement: Caliber UN-118, automatic, designed in-house; patented DiamonSil escapement; oscillator with patented intertial balance wheel and silicium hairspring; 50 jewels; approximately 60-hour power reserve; COSC-certified chronometer

Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, power reserve indication, date, forward and backward date corrector

Case and strap: 18k rose gold case, 45 mm diameter; nonreflective sapphire crystal; sapphire exhibition caseback; screw-down security crown; water-resistant to 200 meters; on leather strap with gold folding buckle

Dial and hands: Grand feu enameled dial with power-reserve indicator at 12 o’clock; small seconds subdial and round date window at 6 o’clock

Variations: Titanium case with gold bezel, titanium case with stainless steel bezel, rubber strap, bracelet in titanium/gold or titanium/stainless steel

Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Manufacture front

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My name is Mike Disher and I am WatchTime's technical editor. My interest in watches dates to 1972 and I caught the internet bug in 1997. In 1999 I combined these interests by joining TimeZone.com as its first full-time employee, and later that year I attended my first Basel Fair. I managed TZ from 2000-2007, and in 2008 I joined WatchTime.

Comments

  1. Max Huang says:

    Any comparative review or test/scoring report on this Ulysse Nardin\'s new Marine Chronometer Manufacture?

  2. MrTissot says:

    What a stunning timepiece! Surely this has got to hold value?

  3. Max Huang says:

    I love it too :)
    I purchased the 1183-122-42, the stainless steel version, with the leather strap. It is so beautiful :D The case, leather folder of the COSC and Ulysse Nardin\'s performance certificate, and passport size wallet are nice too. I am so happy to get this nice timepiece :D

  4. teboho says:

    i love this piece its something i will love too own one.

  5. MrTissot says:

    This is a truly stunning timepiece! I have a UN Maxi Marine Diver but this beauty has a more classic look to it. What a jaw-dropper!!
    Let\'s see:

    -Manufacture Movement (With Patented DiamonSil Escapement & Its Own Patented Hairspring
    -Very Classic Design
    -See Through Sapphire Crystal Caseback
    -Chronometer Certification
    -Power Reserve Indicator (Approx 60hrs)

    What more could I ask for??
    Love it!!

  6. Michael Deane says:

    Still too big a clockface...love Ulysses Nardin but these BIG watches don\'t make sense to me...I bought a Dubey & Shaldenbrand (sp?) w/a small face about 5 years ago (Carre Cambre)....love it..

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