Starting this upcoming Monday, January 16th, and running through Friday, January 20th, is the always anticipated, annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) watch exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland. The exhibition will feature displays from some of the largest watch brands as well as a stable of independent brands who are newly invited for 2017. This year also features a first for SIHH – a day open to the public on the final day, January 20th. The aBlogtoWatch team will be ready and present with the most comprehensive reporting of the event, and we will be bringing you our hands-on coverage of the latest novelties to debut at SIHH 2017. And if that didn’t already excite you, get ready to take an even closer behind the scenes look when we host our own aBlogtoWatch day on Thursday, January 19th at the show.
Seventeen exhibitors can be seen: A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Girard-Perregaux, Greubel Forsey, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Panerai, Parmigiani, Piaget, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Ulysse Nardin, Vacheron Constantin, and Van Cleef & Arpels. This year marks the second of the Carré des Horlogers, now grown to thirteen independent brands: Christophe Claret, Grönefeld, H. Moser & Cie., Hautlence, HYT, Laurent Ferrier, MB&F, Manufacture Contemporaine Du Temps, Ressence, Romain Jerome, Speake-Marin, Urwerk, and Voutilainen.
The dial is given in two variants, a blue and a white. The rose gold variant is only offered with a white dial, while the stainless steel is provided with both. The overall aesthetic of the dial is very similar to classic marine chronometers, together with Roman numerals painted very legibly and elegantly, a second sub-dial at 6 o’clock, and power reserve at 12 o’clock. The date window at 6 o’clock is a modern addition, naturally, but well incorporated into a fairly busy dial. The “1846” painted in red is a reference to this brand’s year of foundation and well aids visual balance on the dial. The spade-shaped hands are in keeping with the classic theme and are heat-blued for the white dial and polished for the blue.For that a vintage-inspired timepiece, the Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur is refined, well-designed, and yet, contemporary enough to make for a daily wear slice. The highlight of the watch, in my view, is the motion that offers quite a bit of value concerning horological pedigree. The Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur is available at boutiques and retailers for 6,900 CHF in steel using an alligator strap, 7,600 CHF in steel using the steel bracelet, and 17,900 CHF in 18k rose gold with the alligator strap, using exactly the same costs in euros.While perhaps historically famous for their marine chronometers, Ulysse Nardin is in modern times, an integrated manufacturer of complete watches and watches including some very high-end and complicated calibers. Having an in-house flying tourbillon movement, exceptionally minimalist skeletonization, and an ultra modern look, the Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon Blue signifies a side of Ulysse Nardin that perhaps deserves a second look.
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