Ebel’s chronograph movement is not the only acquisition that Ulysse Nardin has made in its quest for increased vertical integration. In 2011, the company also purchased Donze Cadrans, a dial-making firm that specializes in luxurious enamel dials. That expertise is on display in the most exclusive version of the Marine Chronograph Manufacture, which has a grand feu enamel dial with Roman numerals and a railroad-style minute track and is limited to 150 pieces in rose gold. The grand feu enamel technique is increasingly rare and requires very specific skills: Donze Cadrans’ craftsmen apply the enamel in successive layers, between which the dial is fired at a temperature of almost 900°C. The process allows for the intense black of the Roman numerals, minute track, and subdials to emerge from the pure white background. Since it produces the movement and dial entirely within the company, UN describes the Marine Chronograph as “another step toward the Ulysse Nardin company’s end goal: independence.”
These watches are really good. i have the one with black strap and its really an outstanding chronograph watch.
Ulysse Nardin’s effort must be lauded and hope more watch companies follow their example.