Ulysse Nardin launches a new watch inspired by mega yachts in Miami

Ulysse Nardin dropped anchor at the Miami Yacht Show and Watches & Wonders last weekend with a new patented power reserve system.

By Paige Reddinger 21/02/2019

Just ahead of its unveiling at the Miami Yacht Show and Watches & Wonders this weekend, we got wind that Ulysse Nardin is dropping anchor stateside with a new limited-edition, platinum tourbillon timepiece inspired by mega yachts. A follow-up to the Marine Grand Deck Tourbillon launched by Ulysse Nardin in 2016, the new Marine Mega Yacht has a creative new way of representing its various complications. A platinum ship’s bow at 12 o’clock ploughs through a 3D blue Grand Feu enamel dial as though it were sailing through the Ocean. A patented 80-hour power reserve is indicated by a moving anchor connected to a windlass linked to the winding mechanism, while the flying tourbillon moving at one rotation every 60 seconds is decorated like a ship’s propeller.

The watch also comes equipped with a moonphase with a 3D representation of the moon’s actual surface with one half of the sphere treated in blue PVD for the period of the new moon and the other rhodiumised to simulate the illuminating effect of the sun. To top it off, the watch has a tide indicator at an aperture at 8 o’clock, which displays the tides in real time according to a specific location.

To create this manually wound mechanical calibre with a slew of yacht-inspired complications, Ulysse Nardin employed its top watchmakers, as well as watchmakers from small independent watchmaker Christophe Claret—known for its creative complications. At the heart of the watch’s “engine” is a 37mm calibre with 504 components with an 80-hour power reserve beating at 21,600 vibrations per hour. Visible through the caseback, the new UN-631 calibre is modelled to look like the engines in a ship vessel.

To set all of its various functions, a window on the side of the case fashioned after a Chadburn Telegraph—a communications device used on a ship by the pilot to give engineers an indication for the optimal speed to power the vessel—indicates the position of the crown. The “S” position indicates the position for setting the hours and minutes, a “T/M” position indicates the setting of the tide and moonphase indicators, and a “W” for winding the watch.

There’s a lot to play with in the new 44mm, platinum Marine Mega Yacht (around $435,000), but only 30 people in the world will get to play captain to the timepiece.

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