Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Monaco Yacht Show

Ulysse Nardin reveals another variant of its Marine Torpilleur to concur with the yearly Monaco Yacht Show (MYS). Famous as the most renowned superyacht show (to give you a thought of the sort of group it draws in the MYS offers a helicopter transport administration), Ulysse Nardin will cruise into Port Hercules for the occasion with a restricted release Marine Torpilleur model. Profiting by this prominent occasion and the extravagance cherishing swarm it pulls in, Ulysse Nardin showcases its most recent Marine Torpilleur Monaco Yacht Show Limited Edition. Basically a similar case and chronometer-guaranteed development as the Torpilleur models presented in 2017 , the curiosity here is the Grand Feu finish dial and engravings identifying with the MYS.

Marine Torpilleur

A torpilleur or torpedo boat was a little, quick boat presented in the late 19th-century used to ship and send torpedoes against war vessels. Furnished with the most recent innovation of the day, the speed and mobility of the torpilleurs represented a genuine danger to bigger, vigorously equipped and awkward war vessels – what in the present setting would be known as a quick assault create (FAC). At the point when Ulysse Nardin returned to its Marine Torpilleur in 2017 the thought was to create a slimmer and lighter adaptation of its famous Marine watches with a lighter cost to pull in another age of watch buyers.

Given UN’s solid connections to the ocean (by the 1870s UN gave in excess of 50 naval forces and worldwide transportation companies with exactness marine deck chronometers), the brand’s standing for cutting edge innovation (forerunner of silicium escapements) and its slimmer, less massive profile, you can see how the Marine Torpilleur got its name.

In-house Grand Feu Dial

The recognizing highlight of this specific Torpilleur is the polish dial with engravings identifying with the MYS. Ulysse Nardin is one of only a handful few makes to make its own dials. Resolved to get as a significant part of the watchmaking interaction done in-house, Ulysse Nardin purchased Donzé Cadrans in 2011, a family-run company gaining practical experience in polish dials.  Donzé Cadrans is one of only a handful few excess veneer dial subject matter experts and no measure of contemporary innovation can supplant the ability of its craftsmans who are completely prepared in the workshop.

The magnificence of a polish dial is its profundity of shading combined with its versatility to the assaults of time. It’s difficult to depict in words, however on the off chance that you have at any point visited a watchmaking historical center and seen a dial covered up 200 years prior in finish, you will concur that the tones hold their power as though they had been painted yesterday. Fabulous Feu veneer is quite possibly the most troublesome plating procedures to dominate yet offers the most elevated solidness guaranteeing that the tones will not blur after some time. What’s more, the high content of minerals in the material additionally makes the dial impenetrable to UV rays.

Enamelling is a flighty craftsmanship and during the terminating interaction a great deal of things can turn out badly. The Grand Feu strategy is executed totally by hand, beginning to end. A copper base is cleaned with lacquer – white and dim for the Marine Torpilleur Monaco – and terminated at a temperature of around 800° C. During the terminating cycle, the lacquer condenses and bonds to the metal surface. In any case, the metal can twist, the surface can break and air or gas air pockets can arise and rankle the surface. Not even the most capable enameller can foresee the ultimate result and dismissal rates are high. Having gotten a perfect dial, the records and engravings are put on the dial utilizing colors composed of polish powder and flew in the oven for another round of terminating. To guarantee the new layer of lacquer wires to a similar level as the outside of the dial, it is smoothed down and straightened by a piece of carbon.

Taking a piece of dark carbon to a newly prepared white dial requires remarkable expertise to ensure the carbon doesn’t depart blemishes on the lacquer. Given the natural idea of the whole cycle, the dial’s measurement must be acclimated to fit the case. The two sub-dials likewise must be removed from the clear polish circle and afterward chamfered by hand before the dim shaded veneer power hold and little seconds plates with red and blue engravings can be tin-fastened to the white dial.

Classic marine chronometer layout

The tempered steel case, which profits by the 2017 facelift, has a 42mm width and a fixed, slender fluted bezel and a flimsy rib outlining the dial. Compared to past models, the profile of the watch is more slender and the carries are lighter and more limited to assist the watch with sitting the wrist.  The steel case highlights differentiating cleaned and brushed surfaces, the crown is in a bad way down and the case is water-impervious to 50m.

The format of the components on the dial beholds back to the design of conventional marine chronometers, like the ones made by Ulysse Nardin’s in the 19th century. Like the navigational watches of days gone by, the exemplary dial highlights strong, stretched Roman numerals (blue) with a railroad section ring for the minutes. The sub-dial underneath the 12 o’clock numeral shows the force save pointer and is offset vertically with a bigger little seconds dial at six o’clock with an extra gap for the date. Both lacquer sub-dials are light dark and highlight red markings for the Bas/Haut sign on the force save and the numbers 09.19 and engraving Monaco Yacht Show to pay tribute to the date of the 2019 MYS. Going above and beyond, the numbers 25, 26, 27 and 28 showing up in the date window are red and commemorate the dates of the 2019 MYS.

The refined pear-molded hands are silver in shading to coordinate the case and despite their exemplary sans lume presence, can be selected very well against the white finish foundation. I love the manner in which the minutes hand stretches out that full distance to the markings on the railroad section ring. The little seconds hand is blued-steel.

Calibre UN-118

Turning the watch over uncovers the in-house type UN-118, a programmed development with COSC-chronometer accreditation and a force hold of 60 hours.  The rotor, which is, as you may have speculated, molded like an anchor (really, on the off chance that you look carefully you will tally 4 anchors) and has an inquisitive yet charming completion like someone had scratched it by hand with a sharp-finished instrument. The extensions are improved with round Geneva stripes and you may recognize the little blue etching that peruses Ulysse Nardin Certified. This alludes to the extra chronometry test concocted by Ulysse Nardin which the watch has gone through. The chronometric standards are more tough than COSC (- 2 to +6 seconds every day for UN versus – 4 to +6 seconds per day for COSC).

The programmed UN-118 is completely planned and produced in-house and coordinates the most recent innovation created by the brand. Its anchor escapement is fabricated with Sigatec (a Ulysse Nardin joint endeavor with Mimotec) with DIAMonSIL high-accuracy components (get away from haggle). DIAMonSIL is silicon covered with engineered jewel, an innovation that permits components to be formed explicitly for cutting edge ideas. Among different points of interest, it is without oil and expands solidness fundamentally. The oscillator is held under a full equilibrium extension and it includes a variable idleness offset wheel customizable with 4 screws and a silicon hairspring.


The Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Monaco Yacht Show (ref. 1183-310LE/E0-MON) is a restricted version of 100 watches and will retail for EUR 9,500. More data at ulysse-nardin.com .