In the 19th century, Ulysse Nardin was the Swiss watchmaker of choice of daring sea captains and naval officers for whom their handsome pocket chronometers were a mark of rank both on shore and off. Now the legendary brand, founded in 1846, has come up with a modern version of the marine chronograph, the Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur.
Named for the small, fast torpedo-armed boats of an earlier era, which could easily outmaneuver bigger ships, this is a streamlined and dynamic timepiece for contemporary explorers. A lighter, thinner version of the iconic Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer, supported by generations of craftsmanship and performance, the Torpilleur is powered by the in-house UN-118 automatic movement, featuring a 60-hour power reserve and proprietary Silicium anchor escapement.
The Marine Torpilleur's dial is both a nod to the past and utterly contemporary, with Roman numeral indexes and the famed Ulysse Nardin logo with “1846” highlighted in a flash of red. The graceful hands call to mind a nautical timepiece, while modern enhancements include a small seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock encircling the date window, while the 60-hour power reserve indicator is at 12 o’clock.
The Marine Torpilleur will initially be offered in three different models, and two different dials, in stainless steel and 18 kt rose gold: the 42 mm 18 kt rose gold Marine Torpilleur with a white dial and leather strap; the 42 mm stainless-steel Marine Torpilleur with a white dial and leather strap; and the 42 mm stainless steel Marine Torpilleur with a blue dial and stainless steel bracelet. A screw-down security crown, sapphire crystal, display caseback, and water resistance to 50 meters is shared by all.
The Marine Torpilleur, joining the long line of illustrious Ulysse Nardin Marine Collection chronometers, may be designed for the city, but it comes from the same building in Le Locle, Switzerland where the brand got its start over 170 years ago – and its strongly beating heart belongs to the sea. Those longing for open water will find in it a faithful, stylish, and steadfast companion for adventures yet to come.