Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Military Watch Hands-On

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Military Watch Hands-On

If the new for 2018 (and generally $100,000) Ulysse Nardin Freak Vision is out of your value range, the other new  Ulysse Nardin watch is the Marine Torpilleur Military restricted version (at first appeared on aBlogtoWatch here) . This straightforward, yet fulfilling French maritime themed deck-style watch is wonderful, flaunts an extraordinary development, and blends neatness and style in a way that I feel a great deal of gatherers ought to appreciate nowadays. Let’s investigate this team of 300 piece (each) restricted version watches, which appeared at SIHH 2018. The references are 1183-320LE/62 (dark) and 1183-320LE/60 (eggshell).

At near $8,000 USD, the Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Military isn’t a spending vintage military-themed watch using any and all means, and yet it isn’t attempting to straightforwardly emulate “bare bones” essential ness that a ton of military-style watches are going for. The story here is a touch more complicated at the end of the day fulfilling in the event that you can see how a plan like this comes together. It starts with the way that Ulysse Nardin has a real history delivering marine chronometers – profoundly precise clocks utilized on board dispatches as true watches and for navigational use preceding present day mechanical developments, for example, GPS. The contemporary Ulysse Nardin Marine watch assortment has dials which depend on the look and feel of a considerable lot of these antique marine chronometer clocks.


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Not all marine chronometers were for military utilize however some were. Enlivened by genuine tickers and watches utilized on board military art in the ahead of schedule to mid-twentieth century, the Marine Torpilleur Military considers itself to be a fitting wristwatch companion for somebody on board a French torpedo boat (otherwise known as “torpilleur”) around World War II. The high-contrast readable dial, sandblast-completed steel case, and bigger size all address this subject. The back of the Marine Torpilleur Military watch shuns the regular sapphire gem window caseback for an engraved scene that incorporates some torpilleur ships. I’ve incorporated a few pictures of genuine French torpilleur destroyers to feature how the watch coordinates the visual subject of the ships.

The purpose of these restricted version watches isn’t just to make a watch that fits a visual subject, yet to likewise accentuate the way that genuine marine chronometers should have been exceptionally exact. The “C.W.” initials on the dial of the watches represent “Chronometer Watch,” and inside the case is an in-house made and well-performing Ulysse Nardin type UN-118. Flaunting a Diamonsil escapement (jewel covered silicon which adds sturdiness to the silicon) and a standing for phenomenal execution, this 4Hz programmed development is really stripped down a cycle for use in the Marine Torpilleur Military, with just the time including an auxiliary seconds dial. What I mean by that is the development additionally offers a force hold pointer and date complication which have been avoided with regards to the dial as a tasteful exercise. The developments are all things considered still COSC Chronometer ensured and absolutely help complete the subject of having a marine-style chronometer on your wrist – presently with even more a “military” point to it.

What makes the assortment somewhat confounding is that the Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur isn’t equivalent to the Marine Torpilleur Military restricted release. The previous is a marginally updated and re-marked form of the current Marine assortment which Ulysse Nardin chose to affix the “torpilleur” name to. The last is really the more qualified model with regards to really associating with the torpilleur transport subject. Marine Torpilleur watches (not the Military variants) are strongly more dressy.


Ulysse Nardin’s item group worked really hard when ensuring that the dials outwardly pop and offer great neatness. The stunt obviously was to ensure they utilized totally non-intelligent surfaces, great differentiation, a perfect plan, and an adequately adequate degree of AR-covering on the level sapphire precious stone. My eyes are in every case promptly attracted to the most neat watch dials and when I was given these watches by Ulysse Nardin I was pretty much sure they had a hit. In spite of the fact that it may require a couple of years before enough individuals handle these watches and perceive how flawless they are in a generally non-pompous way (given that the cost is still profoundly in extravagance territory).

The deck-clock style plan of the dial’s hands and hour markers are again champs here. On the eggshell adaptation of the Marine Torpilleur Military you can perceive how the Arabic numbers are given visual profundity by utilizing dark in a way to recommend a drop shadow. The dark hands work carefully against the grayish velvety dial. On the dark dialed model we have fresh white-painted hands which offer an extraordinary degree of perceivability against the matte face. Note that Ulysse Nardin realizes not to utilize unadulterated dark or white tones, yet rather shades of dull grays, tans, creams, and so on that look more common and natural. Unadulterated dark or white on watch dials essentially isn’t stylishly satisfying constantly, so utilizing more natural shadings, for example, these will in general assistance make the generally instrumental dials more satisfying to the eyes.

The steel case is 44mm wide yet simply water-impervious to 50m. I would favor 100m for any watch that is sea or marine themed – not to mention military themed. It’s not about reasonableness yet rather about the thing you are paying for in a dream wristwatch toy that is genuinely intended to fit the topic. I figure Ulysse Nardin made a pleasant showing with the sandblasted case completing, despite the fact that it glances more matte in Ulysse Nardin’s advertising pictures than it does face to face. 44mm wide is the biggest size I accept that the Marine Torpilleur watches come, with a considerable lot of the others coming in marginally more modest sizes, for example, 42mm wide.

Ulysse Nardin places the restricted version number of every one of the watches directly on the dial in red – which again summons the feeling of chronic quantities of military-gave hardware. It is kind of pleasant that each person’s adaptation of the watch will look hardly changed given that the number on the dial is novel. Joined to the cases are dark or earthy colored calfskin lashes that abundantly complete the subject. As I would like to think, neither the reference 1183-320LE/62 (dark) or 1183-320LE/60 (eggshell) are the more pleasant model, as the two of them have configuration merit just as their own remarkable character. I kind of consider one the daytime model and one as the evening time model. Cost for every one of the restricted version of 300 pieces (per dial tone) Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Military watches is $7,900 USD. ulysse-nardin.com