The late 19th and early 20th century saw a huge dependence on pocket chronometers, objects which enabled precise celestial navigation and even colonialism. While the latter is now being waged in a different theatre, chronometers are still recognised as a gold standard for watchmakers aspiring to impose their mastery over precision timekeeping.
Ulysse Nardin’s longstanding history in the field of marine and pocket chronometers since 1846 has enabled it to have a fine headstart in the scene. By the 1870s, over 50 navies and international shipping companies were equipped with the Ulysse Nardin marine deck chronometers.
In Ulysse Nardin’s amuse bouche to this month’s curtain raising Salon Internationale de la Haute Horlogerie, the same UN-118 in-house movement found in their prized marine chronometers becomes the keystone in this exercise. This movement is now featured in the 44m Marine Torpilleur Military edition (CHF7,900/RM32,700). Refinements to the movement – from days of long ago – include the patented DIAMonSIL escapement and silicium hairspring, conferring a higher resistance to gravity and magnetism.
A double guarantee of COSC certification and the Ulysse Nardin certificate reflects on its standout performance, while the initials CW (for Chronometer Watch) are emblazoned on the dial. Two variations of this timepiece with different dial animations, with a choice of eggshell white or black with Arabic numerals. Its steel case features a sandblasted finish, with a limited edition run of only 300 pieces worldwide.