The Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar Collection by Ulysse Nardin is simply one of the finest timepieces in the world. The Marine Chronograph for short, has several variants to choose from with different materials for case, dials and straps. The stainless steel or Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar with leather strap costs €11,900 Euro including VAT. The sporty designs, classic feel and the durability are some of the hallmarks of the Ulysse Nardin brand.
The watch sports a stainless steel case, around 15.78mm in thickness and 43mm in diameter. There is a grooved bezel, chronograph pushers that are decked up with rubber inlay, a screw-down security crown which is also decked up with rubber, a flat sapphire crystal which is antireflective and the watch is water resistant for up to 100m. The dial features roman numerals for hours; there is a stopwatch with hours, minutes and seconds; and there are displays for date and month. The Marine Chronograph is powered by automatic winding Calibre UN-153 with power reserve of 52 hours. There are 53 jewels. The watch comes with the Ulysse Nardin Performance Certificate.
Ulysse Nardin founded the company in 1846 and has since been making some of the finest watches for marine environments. The brand has been a phenomenon for its marine deck chronometers. It was and still is one of the most trusted chronometers for its accuracy. Beyond accuracy and function, the Marine Chronograph excels with its sporty case and classic dial. The design is sturdy, the case is robust, the solid construction is pleasing and the simplicity of the entire watch despite its multi-utilitarian interface would impress many. The design is further decked up with the blackened hands that have a luminescent material for enhanced legibility at night.
The Calibre UN-153 movement from Ulysse Nardin was first launched in 2012, as the Calibre UN-118. Then came the UN-150 in the 2014 Marine Chronograph. The Calibre UN-153 carries on the legacy and builds on the existing technology. Not only does the movement meet the requisites of the Ulysse Nardin Certificate but it exceeds the requirements for the COSC tests. While the variable inertia balance wheel with the silicon hairspring does assure reliability, the power reserve of fifty two hours, the simplicity of the overall design, the neat interface and choice of alligator or rubber strap with double-folding clasp do make the watch sturdy and secured.
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