The white dial is matte and grained, while the blue dial is metallic and radially brushed | Source: SJX Watches

175 years of Ulysse Nardin: The New Fleet of Five Marine Torpilleur Timepieces

Celebrating an illustrious 175-year history of crafting marine chronometers, 2021 marks the anniversary of luxury watchmaker Ulysse Nardin.

Supplying 10,000 chronometers to 50 navies in the 19th century, the specialty watches put the Swiss brand on the horological map. Paying homage to the brand’s heritage as a maker of marine chronometers, Ulysse Nardin has released a fleet of five new models in its Marine Torpilleur collection.

The limited-edition series of wristwatches include Blue Enamel, Panda, Moonphase, Annual Chronograph, and the Tourbillon Grand Feu Enamel. Here’s a look at the brand new Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur models.

Marine Torpilleur Blue Enamel

Leading the anniversary editions is the Marine Torpilleur Blue Enamel – the most similar in the overall design of the classic marine chronometers. The grand feu blue enamel dial is 90 per cent made by hand by an independent enamelling workshop based in Le Locle, Switzerland, Donzé Cadrans. Notable features include; a pair of cathedral hands, Roman numerals, and two subdials for the power reserve and running seconds. This timepiece is limited to 175 renditions costing approximately A$15,378.

Marine Torpilleur Panda

The Marine Torpilleur Panda follows the trend of bicolour contrast on watch dials. Ulysse Nardin puts the power reserve and the small seconds/date functions in dark blue subdials against a white background. It gives the watch a Panda’s face resemblance, hence the name, and apply a modern industry trend to a historical base design. Limited to 300 pieces, the Marine Torpilleur Panda is priced at approximately A$10,965.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Panda
Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Panda | Source: Monochrome Watches

Marine Torpilleur Annual Chronograph

The Annual Chronograph is arguably the cleanest design of the collection and likely the most functional. It combines an annual calendar and a chronograph for split seconds timing, inspired by the brand’s Torpilleur pocket watches. The originals, created from 1936 to 1980, measured time to 1/10th of a second. The modern interpretation is available in either matte-blue or varnished-white dial with both colour options limited to 300 pieces and priced at approximately A$16,180.

Marine Torpilleur Annual Chronograph white dial
Marine Torpilleur Annual Chronograph white dial
Marine Torpilleur Annual Chronograph blue dial
Marine Torpilleur Annual Chronograph blue dial

Marine Torpilleur Moonphase

As the name suggests, the Marine Torpilleur Moonphase pairs the annual calendar with a new moonphase feature. Inspired by early astronomers and the practice of astral navigation for ships, Ulysse Nardin has featured many watches with moonphases since the 19th century. The Marine Torpilleur Moonphase is available in either varnished white or sunray blue dials with adorning Roman numerals. As with its sister models, the Moonpahse is limited to 300 pieces of both colourways with a price tag of approximately A$13,238.

Marine Torpilleur Tourbillon Grand Feu Enamel

The crown jewel of the new Marine Torpilleur collection is undoubtedly the Tourbillon Grand Feu Enamel. The model represents the exquisite time-keeping precision of Ulysse Nardin’s first chronographs. It comes in a black grand feu enamel with rose gold hands and open, flying Tourbillon movement. The special edition timepiece includes the award-winning Ulysse Anchor Escapement. Limited to 175 pieces, the Marine Torpilleur Tourbillon Grand Feu Enamel costs approximately A$64,723.

Marine Torpilleur Tourbillon Grand Feu Enamel
Marine Torpilleur Tourbillon Grand Feu Enamel | Source: CEO Magazine

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