The ULYSSE NARDIN MARINE CHRONOGRAPH YEAR CALENDAR was unveiled in 2016. ANGUS DAVIES takes a closer look at this handsome timepiece with its blue dial and compares it to its non-chronograph cousin, the MARINE YEAR CALENDAR CHRONOMETER.
Ulysse Nardin Nautical Chronograph Annual Calendar
I'm always grateful when the waiter at the restaurant brought the pepper pot to my table and politely asked me if I wanted my meal. In the watch world, few watch companies offer two nearly identical watches, one with a chronograph and one without, and ask potential watch buyers, "Have it or not?". Now, although Ulysse Nardin offers this option.
Ulysse Nardin Nautical Annual Calendar Chronograph
In 2016, Ulysse Nardin introduced the Nautical Chronograph Annual Calendar with a striking blue dial option. Earlier this year, a similar model, the Nautical Almanac Chronograph without a chronograph, was introduced. The latter model has a gorgeous Grand Feu enamel dial, produced by the Ulysse Nardin company Donzé Cadrans, in a permanent blue that never fades.replica luxury watches
On the surface, the choice may be difficult for some watch buyers, but, as a chronograph obsessive, I have no doubts about a timepiece with a stopwatch function. I've always loved chronographs, interacting with the movement, busy pushing buttons. The chronograph satisfies many of my finger-pushing urges.
Both watches are equipped with the Annual Calendar complication, a mechanical programming system that adjusts the date display to intuitively understand whether the month contains 30 or 31 days. The only manual adjustment required is once a year in February. While this is simpler than a perpetual calendar, requiring no adjustments until 2100, annual calendars are generally cheaper.
Ulysse Nardin and his technical genius Ludwig Oechslin simplified the annual calendar, adding only seven components to the watch movement. Simple may mean less complicated, but in watchmaking it actually proved more challenging, requiring cuts to movement designs and reducing parts inventory to the point where it was absolutely necessary.
Without further ado, let's take a closer look at this stunning blue chronograph from Swiss watch brand Ulysse Nardin, which has been known for making nautical precision timepieces since 1846.
The hour and minute hands are an unusual derivative of the poire-style hands with a gorgeous look. Also, they express time very efficiently. The hours are indicated by large, slender Roman numerals, which are very legible.replica Hysek Watches
Ulysse Nardin Nautical Chronograph Annual Calendar
The watch features a triple dial layout. Adjacent to the crown is a 30-minute chronograph, and opposite is a small seconds display. At 6 o'clock is a 12-hour chronograph with date display. The subdial at 9 o’clock also includes the month display, with a red hand pointing to the current month.
Surrounding the inner flange of the dial is a chapter ring which, combined with the central chronograph seconds hand, makes it very simple to read the elapsed seconds.
The dial is beautiful, and I swear I will always love its fantastic blue hue, however, its brother, the Marine Almanac Chronograph, has a gorgeous Grand Feu enamel dial that is even more gorgeous.
The Marine Chronograph is perfectly scaled and has a diameter of 43mm, making it perfect for a wide range of wrist sizes. The stainless steel case is highly polished and features an attractive rolled bezel that will entice curious fingers to examine and caress.
The buttons are in an unobtrusive position, hugging the case tightly without protruding too much. In fact, from the front, the buttons are barely noticeable, giving a most endearing tidy, discreet character. Also, while the buttons are discreet, they operate with a silky action and delight hobbyists with their wonderful tactile quality.replica swiss watches
The Marine Chronograph features an exhibition caseback, allowing the wearer to view the UN-153 movement designed in-house.
The watch comes with a blue leather strap with a folding clasp.
Caliber UN-153, equipped with a silicon hairspring and escapement, is manufactured by Sigatec, a company co-owned by Ulysse Nardin. The balance wheel vibrates at 28,800 VpH (4Hz), the movement contains 53 jewels, and the power reserve is sufficient to provide approximately 52 hours of automatic running time.
This movement also allows the wearer to adjust the date by turning the crown back or forward without fear of damaging the mechanism. The movement is decorated with a large number of blued steel screws and has an attractive oscillating quality, and its unique design combines two anchor points, paying homage to the brand logo.
The dial of the Marine Chronograph is easy to read, and each indication has enough graduations to ensure easy comprehension. In addition, the dial and the case with the fluted bezel show a handsome look.
UN-153 has an almanac module with only seven parts. Its simplicity belies the challenges of implementing it. Additionally, the movement allows the wearer to adjust the date in either direction without fear of damage.
I love the Nautical Chronograph Annual Calendar. It has a range of attributes that make a strong case for an acquisition. However, I have a small group of people who are eager to see a nautical chronograph annual calendar with a big fire dial, the "with and with" option. I hope that one day such a pattern will be realized. Jacob & Co. Astronomia Sky
Model: Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronograph Year Calendar
Case: Stainless steel; diameter 43 mm; water-resistant to 10 bar (100 m); sapphire crystal and case-back.
Functions: hours; minutes; date; month; small seconds; chronograph; annual calendar.
Movement: Calibre UN-153, self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz); 53 jewels; power reserve approximately 52 hours.
Strap: Blue leather strap with folding clasp.