Ulysse Nardin presented several new novelties this year at Baselworld 2016. Not only were there new watches, but a new marketing strategy has also been implemented. The theme “Movement of the Sea” is imposed to their new brand image, focusing on their roots in marine horology. The new line up is quite impressive, in a wide variety of price ranges including the new Ulysse Nardin Classico with in-house manufacturer movement, the UN 320 (pictured above). The movement is not only manufactured in-house, but also uses silicium for the hairspring and escapement. One of the most impressive attributes, is that these models, of which there are several variations, will come in at an entry level price of $7,000-$8,000 USD in steel.
The another model introduced at Baselworld 2016 is the Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar. While a complicated timepiece, the Marine Chronograph annual calendar is aimed at being easy to use. The movement, UN-153, is also manufactured in-house, even down to its silicium hairspring and escapement, provided by the company Sigatec who is co-owned by Ulysse Nardin.
The UN-153 displays hours, minutes and chronograph seconds centrally, a 30 minute counter at the 3:00 sub dial, 12 hour counter at 6:00 along with big date, and months with continuous seconds at the 9:00 sub dial. Because it is an annual calendar, its date only needs to be corrected once a year in February. The case comes in either steel or rose gold with 43mm cases and screw down crowns for 100m water resistance.
The hammer head shark navigates the sea with utmost precision, hence the name of this new UN model, the Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph Hammerhead Shark. These new chronographs will feature yet another in-house manufacture caliber with silicium escapement and hairspring. The steel model pictured above will be a limited edition to only 300 pieces globally.
Also available in rose gold as a limited edition of 99, the Hammer Head Shark’s cases are 44mm wide. The motif of the hammer head shark can be found on the dial, metal insert on the strap, as well as on the rotor of the sapphire crystal case back. The piece has a 48-hour power reserve, screw-locked crown, pushers, solid lugs, and unidirectional turning bezel which make it an essential watch for ocean travel and excursions.
The Freak is one of Ulysse Nardin’s most famous and adored pieces of haute horology. The unique display of time with tourbillon carousel acting as its minutes indicator takes the Freak to a level all its own. Today, with a dual escapement in silicium, 8 day power reserve, silicium hairspring and UlyChoc safety shock absorber system, the UN-210 caliber is much to be proud of. The 45mm case is composed of black DLC treated titanium and carbon fiber. Partnered with the Artemis Racing team in the America’s cup, the new Freakwing is sure to impress each of the 35 owners to potentially take home this timepiece.
The star of Baselworld 2016 for Ulysse Nardin certainly had to be the new Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon! Truly an impressive timepiece, the Grand Deck utilizes a 6:00 centralized 60 second flying tourbillon, a dual pane digital (the mechanical kind) hour display, a very unique boon fashioned retrograde minutes hand with pulley mechanism to pull the hand back, dual barrels (one to power the watch and one for the display) and a hand-crafted wood inlay that mimics a ship’s deck. The boom is pulled by super strong nano-wires, acting as halyard cord that is used to hoist the sails of a ship. The nano-wire is only 0.0357 in diameter and is capable of withstanding 1.41 kg of traction without stretching. The caliber UN-630 utilizes 469 components and oscillates at 3hz (21,600bph). The case is 44mm white gold and still maintains a water resistance of 100m. A truly incredible piece and one of the most unique viewed at all of Baselworld, only 18 pieces are to be made of maritime masterpiece.