Marine Torpilleur Blue EnamelReference# 1183-310LE-3AE-175
- Limited Edition: 175 pieces
- Case: Stainless steel polished & satin finish case / fluted bezel
- Size: 42mm
- Movement: automatic winding manufacture caliber UN-118, COSC-certified chronometer
- Function: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date. Anti-magnetic escapement. Power-reserve indicator.
- Power Reserve: approximately 60 hours
- Water Resistance: 50 m
- Dial: New blue Grand Feu e namel dial by Donzé Cadrans. Double counters with power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock and small seconds with date at 6 o’clock ,“Chronometry since 1846” signature on the small second counter, Rhodium finish hands
- Caseback: sapphire crystal
- Strap/Bracelet: Strap Variations: Brown leather - 1183-310LE-3AE-175/1A, Blue Leather 1183-310LE-3AE-175/1B; Stainless steel deployant buckle
- Factory Warranty: two years
Enameling is a delicate art, one that Ulysse Nardin continues to employ today. One of the new Marine Torpilleur has a magnificent Ulysse Nardin blue in house enameled dial (Grand Feu technique). Thanks to the company’s collaboration with Donzé Cadrans an independent enameling workshop based in Le Locle, Switzerland, acquired by the manufacture in 2011 Ulysse Nardin has been able to constantly innovate and improve on this artisanal technique, which requires that over 90 of the process to be done by hand. Ulysse Nardin masters this métier d’art like no other watchmaker anywhere, including the technique of Grand Feu enamel and cloisonné in which a design is created by filling in a wire outline with colored enamels.
They replicate all of the codes of a traditional Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer, when, in the early days, a marine chronometer cost the equivalent of one third of the price of the entire sea worthy vessel. Their cathedral hands, Roman numerals and indication of how much longer they will keep ticking before needing to be worn or wound, are all direct descendants of the first designs produced by Ulysse Nardin. With massive 60 hours power reserve, these novel models represent the successful technological advances made upon the original chronometers, which needed to be wound but were streamlined to keep working precisely in order to count the seconds that tick by day after day, during the voyage.
The Marine Torpilleur Blue Enamel crown is screw-down and engraved with the Ulysse Nardin logo. The small seconds counter at 6 o’clock encircles the date window and bears the insignia “Chronometry since 1846″ — a stylish nod to the year the house was founded. The luxury strap is in perfectly matched alligator. It uses Silicium and DIAMonSIL technology and runs thanks to the UN 118 movement.
Limited to 175 pieces only, the 42 mm diameter Marine Torpilleur Blue Enamel comes with a choice of either a brown or blue leather alligator strap, metal bracelet, a rubber strap or a R Strap.
Inspired by Ulysse Nardin’s marine heritage yet fully modernized for daily urban wear, the Marine Torpilleur is supremely comfortable on the wrist and a delight to the eye. A true Captain’s chronometer, COSC and Ulysse Nardin Certified, it represents contemporary watch design in its finest hour — the culmination of generations of craftsmanship and savoir-faire.
“A less formal, more contemporary version of the iconic Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer, the Marine Torpilleur is aimed at a younger clientele.” said Patrick Pruniaux, Chief Executive Officer of Ulysse Nardin. “Yet it traces its heritage back to two breakthrough innovations of the early 19th century. The first Ulysse Nardin aficionados know well — the house’s famous pocket chronometer. Its unprecedented reliability and precision helped open the world’s oceans to sea-going merchants, navigators and adventurers. The second innovation was the Torpilleur. Fast, agile and armed with a new weapon — the self-propelled torpedo — the Torpilleur easily outmaneuvered the slow-moving battleships that till then had ruled the wave.”
Powered by the Marine Chronometer’s self-winding in-house UN-118 movement with 60-hour power reserve (indicated on a counter at 12 o’clock) and proprietary silicium anchor escapement, the 42mm case is light, with elongated lugs, a thin fluted fixed bezel, and a thin flange framing the dial.