Through time, Ulysse Nardin has, with the support of Ludwig Oechslin, developed a reputation for creating movements that offer rare or intricate complications but with surprisingly few additional elements. While Ludwig Oechslin takes this idea of minimalism and simplification to an extreme with his very own brand Ochs Und Junior, his fingerprints are all over the mechanics of this watch as well.The caliber UN-113 automatic movement has just 7 additional parts over its time and date just motion cousin. An average annual calendar movement usually requires an extra 30+ components. This can be quite a mechanical accomplishment when you think about those numbers. The primary motivation behind making movements and complications easier would be to make them more accessible to more collectors (fewer parts equals lower prices and lower costs) and to ensure longevity and reliability as the fewer parts existing, the less something might go wrong.The caliber UN-113 provides 60 hours of power reserve whilst beating at 28,800bph. Each movement is COSC-certified and contains a silicon escapement for enhanced timekeeping. The movement is, of course, visible via a screen back. Another useful feature of the motion is that the date could be adjusted both forwards and backwards. Annual calendars and endless calendars that can’t adjust the date backward using the crown alone can be quite annoying in usage if you tend to fly (or sail) around the world a whole lot.
Reinforcing the accuracy theme of the Ulysse Nardin Watches Collection Replica Marine Torpilleur Military, this watch has achieved both a Chronometer Certificate from Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC), in Addition to the brand’s own Ulysse Nardin Certificate. First released in 2012, the Ulysse Nardin Certificate is a seven-day process and assesses the watch based on these criteria:Aesthetic Inspection.Water Resistance, Vacuum, and Pressure tests.Accuracy test in 6 positions and 3 temperatures, during which it must attain a deviation of no more than -2/+6 minutes per day.The Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Military also differentiates itself from the previous non-limited edition using a stamped caseback, featuring a Torpilleur boat, that is the French term for a destroyer. These were agile, rapid warships used in both World Wars, although the connection between a small long tail warship and a 44mm watch with 50m water-resistance is ambiguous at best. The previous version could at least claim to be a little smaller than many of Ulysse Nardin’s other marine chronometers in 42mm. An oversized screwed-down crown together with the Ulysse Nardin emblem should make for easy operation, and the fluted bezel provides a point of interest on the differently no-nonsense case.
Through time, Ulysse Nardin Watches – Gmt Dual Time 42mm Replica has, with the help of Ludwig Oechslin, developed a reputation for making movements that offer rare or complex complications but with surprisingly few additional elements. While Ludwig Oechslin takes this concept of minimalism and simplification to an extreme with his very own brand Ochs Und Junior, his fingerprints are all over the mechanisms of this watch as well.The grade UN-113 automatic movement has just 7 extra parts over its date and time just movement cousin. An ordinary annual calendar movement usually requires an extra 30+ components. This can be quite a mechanical achievement when you consider those numbers. The primary motivation behind making movements and complications easier would be to make them more accessible to more collectors (fewer parts equals lower prices and lower costs) and to ensure longevity and reliability because the fewer parts present, the less something might go wrong.The grade UN-113 provides 60 hours of power reserve while beating at 28,800bph. Each movement is COSC-certified and contains a silicon escapement for enhanced timekeeping. The movement is, of course, visible via a display back. Another helpful feature of the movement is that the date can be adjusted both forwards and backwards. Annual calendars and perpetual calendars that can’t correct the date backward using the crown alone can be quite annoying in use if you typically fly (or sail) around the world a lot.
Powering the Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle is your in-house caliber UN-320. It’s where the watch gets most of its modern upgrades and the motion is fitted with both a silicone hairspring and escapement. Power book is 48 hours and Ulysse Nardin asserts that each movement undergoes a strict certification process upon completion. But, it’s a difficult sell and I think that the majority of people that will be drawn to it could be some pretty hardcore Ulysse Nardin fans to start with or fans searching for something totally different altogether. Currently, if the in-house movement paired with silicone technology in a vintage-inspired diver would be worth the purchase price tag is completely up to the buyer but this watch will get some fairly stiff competition.
Since its establishment in 1846, and especially since its 1983 relaunch, Ulysse Nardin Watches First Copy Replica has taken its fair share of designing and manufacturing some of the most complicated chiming watches of modern horology. Their latest exercise in this extremely demanding field of high-end watchmaking is called the Imperial Blue, and it is yet another tangible and hugely impressive proof of that experience. Comprising a flying, or rather a seemingly levitating tourbillon, a sonnerie Westminster carillon and minute repeater, as well as a date indication, when I first saw this piece the immediate question on my mind was where Ulysse Nardin put all these complications in a movement half of which is completely transparent and contains nothing but the tourbillon, spinning in sapphire-surrounded loneliness?
The reason why such liberality in using movement space shocked me is that the sonnerie complication of the Imperial Blue represents the pinnacle of all chiming watches, meaning even greater complexity from the already mind-boggling minute repeaters. What the Sonnerie Westminster Carillon (or Westminster Chimes) does is that it rings out on four notes (Mi-Do-Re-Sol) for every passing hour, plus also sounds the hours, quarters and minutes on the wearer’s demand, upon sliding the actuator at the 9 o’clock position of the case. To see (and hear) this amazing function in operation check out Ariel’s hands-on video of this piece just below.
With all these brands tapping in their archives for vintage reissues these days, the expression heritage gets tossed around a long time. Unlike most, Ulysse Nardin Watch Freak Replica isn’t bluffing. Founded in 1846, their marine chronometers have seen considerable use in the hands of several world navies, also in 2001, they introduced the first watch to utilize a silicon escapement. Inspired by a 1964 model, Ulysse Nardin created the Diver Le Locle watch to pay tribute to that maritime heritage whilst incorporating the latest technology.At 42mm wide, the Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle is moderately sized, which fits nicely with its vintage aesthetic. Even though it’s hard to tell from media images alone, the lugs, although notable, seem to be in proportion with the rest of the layout as well. They’re beveled and exhibit a lot of polishing which continues throughout the remaining 100m-water-resistant case. In fact, the entire situation is polished – an interesting selection for a tool diver but people will find it attractive nevertheless.The dialup, with the exclusion of the moments sub-dial, feels like a blast from the past. It seems to have a deep, matte texture to it that contrasts greatly with the big Super-LumiNova indicators. Like a lot of these throwback divers, they have a faux patina appearance to them that really seems to rub people the wrong way more frequently than not – so have at it in the comments. Other touches include a very simple date readout in 3 o’clock, circular cyclops, sapphire crystal with AR coating, and a cool handset with a coordinated pattern for those minutes hand. My favourite element of this mix is how it all matches the glossy aluminum bezel and its thick coin-edge pattern.
There are numerous problems, or rather challenges, that are linked to the making of a sonnerie. First of all, there is the pressing issue of providing ample power reserve, as on pieces with a shared barrel that supplies both the timekeeping and the chiming functions simultaneously the power reserve drops to a mere 24 hours, given that the sonnerie is turned on and is chiming as an hour passes. The Imperial Blue solves this with a double barrel system, whereas the barrel to the left (around the 10 o’clock position) caters to the sonnerie and minute repeater, while the one to the right, at the 2 o’clock position is dedicated to the flying tourbillon.
With so many brands tapping in their archives for vintage reissues nowadays, the expression heritage gets tossed around quite a bit. Unlike many, Ulysse Nardin Watches Ebay Replica is not bluffing. Founded in 1846, their marine chronometers have seen considerable use in the hands of several world navies, also in 2001, they introduced the first watch to utilize a silicon escapement. Inspired by a 1964 model, Ulysse Nardin created the Diver Le Locle watch to pay tribute to that maritime tradition while incorporating the latest technology.At 42mm wide, the Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle is reasonably sized, which matches nicely with its classic aesthetic. Even though it’s tough to tell from press images independently, the lugs, while notable, appear to be in proportion with the rest of the layout as well. They’re beveled and display a great deal of polishing which continues throughout the rest of the 100m-water-resistant case. In fact, the entire case is shiny – an interesting choice for a tool diver but people will find it appealing nevertheless.The dialup, with the exception of the moments sub-dial, feels like a blast from the past. It appears to have a deep, matte feel to it that contrasts heavily with the big Super-LumiNova indicators. Like a lot of those throwback divers, they’ve a faux patina appearance to those who really seems to rub people the wrong way more frequently than not – so have at it in the comments. Other touches include a very simple date readout in 3 o’clock, circular cyclops, sapphire crystal with AR coating, and also a trendy handset with a coordinated pattern for those minutes hand. My favourite element of this combination is how it all complements the glossy aluminum bezel and its thick coin-edge pattern.
Contrary to the previous two models, this watch does not feature a Grand Feu enamel dial. What distinguishes the Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Military from the compatriots is that this could be regarded as a “true” marine chronometer, in the sense that high accuracy, strong legibility, and an over-engineered movement take precedence over all other concerns for this timepiece.The Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Military is very much like a previous Torpilleur model we covered recently, sharing the identical movement and even the same name, with the addition of “Army” being the crucial distinction. This Army version is 2mm larger than the previous model, opts for Arabic rather than Roman numerals, and lacks both the date and power reserve complications. Just under the serial number are the initials C.W. that stands for “Chronometer Watch. “The Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Military is powered with the UN-118 in-house movement, which features an escapement in DIAMonSIL, a blend of silicon with man-made diamond. This extremely hard but light material is the result of a cooperation between Ulysse Nardin and Sigatec in Sion, Switzerland, who specialize in the production of both micro-mechanical silicon parts. This DIAMonSIL escapement operates with basically no friction, requires no lubrication, and should provide lengthy service periods and greater accuracy over time. Even the silicium oscillator of this UN-118 motion can also be produced in house by Ulysse Nardin and features a patented inertial balance wheel with screw adjustment.
And while the way a sonnerie and/or minute repeater movement is constructed is of such incredible complexity that it will have to have an article dedicated all to itself, we do have a great opportunity to better understand how it operates thanks to the video above. As you can see in the footage, as Ariel slides the slider upon starting the minute repeater the barrel on the left rotates a couple of times. This is done to put just enough power into the barrel to sound the minute repeater and its four gongs. While the repeater operates you can see the barrel turning continuously, giving away its power to the repeater and stopping completely as the chiming function terminates.
So how do you “energize” the barrel to power the sonnerie, if the repeater eats up all the power reserve that was generated upon its initialization? Since the Imperial Blue contains a hand-wound movement the answer is that by rotating the crown counterclockwise the secondary barrel of the sonnerie can be wound; while by rotating the crown clockwise the movement’s barrel can be restored to its full 50 hours of power reserve. It is a clever system and again, something that is not generally seen with sonnerie watches.