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ULYSSE NARDIN UNVEILS A NEW LIMITED EDITION MARINE TORPILLEUR MILITARY
DEDICATED TO THE US NAVY
September 20th: Ulysse Nardin brought the Marine Torpilleur Military US NAVY timepiece to Annapolis, an ideal venue for the American launch, celebrating the ties between the brand and the United Stated Naval Academy since 1905.
A STORY OF TIME
The pioneering partnership between Ulysse Nardin the United States Navy began in 1905, when the Washing-ton Naval Observatory organised a competition for ‘Precision Torpedo Boat Timepieces’. The goal of the competition was to supply the US Navy with the best available on-board chronometers. These precision timepieces, given to superior naval officers, were meant to provide the torpedo boats with an hour of refer-ence as accurate and reliable as those on the largest naval vessels. Ulysse Nardin won the competition sev-eral years in a row and became the official supplier of the American Navy.
“Semper fortis”, “always strong” – the US Navy motto, equally describes the philosophy of Ulysse Nardin and its engineering team, which carries within its proud traditions a stalwart drive for reliability and an unwavering determination to master the measure of time.
The Ulysse Nardin team called upon the totality of its horological experience to create the first on-board chronometers, which quickly gained a peerless reputation among navies around the world.
Using that same savoir-faire today, Ulysse Nardin has perfected the Marine Torpilleur Military US Navy, the new US Navy Torpedo Boat watch. A limited edition of 173 pieces – for the 173 years since Ulysse Nardin founded the company – it pays tribute to the brand’s unmatched marine heritage. The 44 mm wrist chronome-ter carries the DNA of its ancestors, the historic US Navy timepieces of the past. Guaranteed water-resistant to 50 meters, its sapphire-protected dial is faithfully based on the first on-board timepieces to equip navy vessels. The blue hands, too, are identical to those on the earliest pieces. Precision is guaranteed by the certified UN-118 automatic-winding movement, which uses Ulysse Nardin’s cutting-edge silicon technology and has a 60-hour power reserve. One of the more striking elements of the design is the number “24” written in red on the power reserve indicator, a direct reference to the warning system on the original marine chro-nometers, which let sailors know that only 24 hours of power reserve remained and that the watch needed to be rewound immediately. The open case back is laser engraved with “US Limited Edition” and the “Semper Fortis” motto. Four oversized stitches adorn the blue sailcloth strap, another reminder of its storied past.
The Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Military US Navy is a magnificent representative of the brand’s origins and continued prowess – a guardian of marine history and a modern archetype turned decisively towards the future.
Movement Caliber UN-118
In-house designed movement
Silicium technology, COSC
Power-Reserve Approximately 60 h
Functions Chronometer COSC with power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock, 24 in red
Small direct seconds at 6 o’clock
Forward and backward date corrector
Case Stainless steel polished & satin-finish case
Bezel Fluted, stainless steel
Dial White dial, blue hands
Crown Screw down security crown
Diameter 44 mm
Water-resistance 50 m
Crystal Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Case-back Open case-back with sapphire crystal
Strap Sailcloth blue strap with four oversized white stitches
About Ulysse Nardin – Manufacture of Freedom
Ulysse Nardin is the Pioneering Manufacture inspired by the sea and delivering innovative timepieces to free spirits.
Founded by Mr. Ulysse Nardin in 1846 and a proud member of the global luxury group Kering since November 2014, Ulysse Nar-din has written some of the finest chapters in the history of Haute Horlogerie. The company’s earliest renown came from its links to the nautical world: its marine chronometers are among the most reliable ever made, still sought by collectors around the world. A pioneer of cutting-edge technologies and the innovative use of materials like silicon, the brand is one of the few with the in-house expertise to produce its own high-precision components and movements. This exceptional level of watchmaking excellence has earned Ulysse Nardin membership in the most exclusive circle of Swiss watchmaking, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie. Today, from its sites in Le Locle and La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland, the brand’s continuing quest for horological perfection centers around five collec-tions: The Marine, the Diver, the Classic, the Executive and the Freak. www.ulysse-nardin.com. Exclusive retailer for Long Island New York. Visit Maddaloni Jewelers for long island watches.
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