For the first time ever, Ulysse Nardin participated in the SIHH and the brand was off to a good start! Several of the novelties it presented at the Salon were, evidently, marine themed. The Marine Chronometer Annual Calendar caught our attention though. The latest incarnation of the manufacturer’s unique history, the watch is equipped with the most recent advances in precision mechanical timekeeping while keeping a simple design resembling the purity of the sea. Inspired by the historic marine chronometers upon which the brand’s reputation was founded, the Marine Annual Calendar Chronometer emerges with its Grand Feu enamel dial in an eye-catching blue.
The enameled dial sees gentle ripple waves form the centerpiece for the power-reserve indicator at 12 o’clock, the annual calendar and date displays at 6 o’clock. The distinctive hands and roman numerals of the Marine Collection indicate minutes and hours. Unlike typical annual calendars that require up to 30 components to be mechanically programmed for a year, the system on this timepiece has been streamlined to only 7 elements, and requires a date adjustment only once every February. At the heat of the watch beats the UN-113 caliber, a Ulysse Nardin movement made entirely in-house, and that enables the calendar date-setting both forwards and backwards. A fluted bezel and a screw-down crown guaranteeing excellent water-resistance to 100m complete the 43mm stainless steel case.
Ulysse Nardin has been sailing the seas in pursuit of technical avant-garde excellence, and the Marine Chronometer Annual Calendar is yet another example of the successful strategy the brand has been pursuing.