Watch partnerships and collaborations can be hard to pull off. Some of them can be pretty divisive and questionable in the eyes of the average watch enthusiast, but others seem to make more sense. For the 2017 America’s Cup, luxury Swiss watch manufacturer Ulysse Nardin will be releasing the Diver Chronograph Artemis Racing watch in their continued partnership with professional Swedish sailing team Artemis Racing. It’s a logical partnership for a company with such a deep connection to maritime timekeeping, but the Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph Artemis Racing watch should also be able to stand on its own merits as a watch made to live on the high seas – or under them.
Ulysse Nardin has a rich history of developing marine chronometers and that DNA lives on in many of their designs today, showcased well in previous releases like the Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar and the jaw-dropping Ulysse Nardin Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon we featured hands-on here. In fact, it could be argued that no other brand pulls off the seafaring look the way that Ulysse Nardin does. This automatic chronograph takes a lot of the design cues the brand is known for while also paying tribute to the Artemis Racing team and its imagery.
The Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph Artemis Racing watch features a 45.8mm stainless steel case that’s coated with a matte-blue rubber. It’s not the first thing you’d expect from a luxury watch, but it’s definitely a material choice that’s meant to increase durability. The matte-blue look continues to the vulcanized rubber pushers and the screw-down crown, contributing to the 200m water-resistance.
The dial itself is relatively simple as far as layout goes, but it is here where Ulysse Nardin Watch 356-66 Replica honors the Swedish sailing team. Deep engravings of the Artemis Racing catamaran can be found spanning the deep blue dial and the 9 o’clock sub-dial encloses the team’s signature logo. There are yellow accents throughout that pair nicely with the blue and the bezel itself also has a deep “wave” pattern to top off the entire nautical look. Additional Artemis branding can even be found on one of the two titanium elements integrated into the blue rubber strap.
The dial is offered 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 general aesthetic of this dial is very much like classic marine chronometers, together with Roman numerals painted very legibly and elegantly, a second sub-dial at 6 o’clock, and electricity reserve at 12 o’clock. The date window at 6 o’clock is a contemporary addition, of course, but well incorporated into a fairly busy dial. The “1846” painted in red is a reference to this brand’s year of founding and nicely aids visual balance on the dial. The spade-shaped hands are in keeping with the classic theme and therefore are heat-blued for the white dial and polished for the blue.For a vintage-inspired timepiece, the Ulysse Nardin Watches Ebay Replica Marine Torpilleur is refined, well-designed, and yet, contemporary enough to create for a daily wear piece. The highlight of the watch, in my view, is the movement which offers quite a lot of value in terms of horological pedigree. The Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur is available at retailers and boutiques for 6,900 CHF in steel with an alligator strap, 7,600 CHF in steel using an steel bracelet, also 17,900 CHF in 18k rose gold using the alligator strap, using the same prices in euros.While possibly historically best known for their marine chronometers, Ulysse Nardin is in modern times, an integrated manufacturer of complete watches and watches including some quite high-end and complicated calibers. The Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon is Precisely the latter. Having an in-house flying tourbillon movement, extremely minimalist skeletonization, and an ultra modern look, the Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon Blue represents a side of Ulysse Nardin that perhaps deserves a second look.
The movement is Ulysse Nardin’s self-winding Caliber UN-35, which is also found in another watch featuring heavy vulcanized rubber elements; the Black Sea Chronograph. It’s a base Swiss ETA movement that offers everything you’d need out of a three-register chronograph and provides 42 hours of power reserve on a full wind. A subtle date window is tucked in at around 4:30 and rests unobtrusively among the rest of the dial thanks to the matching date wheel. Naturally, the case provides an adequate 200m of water resistance, and an anti-reflective sapphire crystal ensures maximum legibility while jumping the halyard with your crew mates.
While there isn’t an exhibition case-back, Ulysse Nardin opted for a stainless steel medallion with an engraving of an Artemis racing vessel in action. This combination of explicit design choices makes it a watch that will appeal to a very specific set of individuals as well. And while it isn’t usually the first kind of watch you’d choose for hardcore water sports, it’s a great tribute to a highly spirited and competitive team. The Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph Artemis Racing watch will be limited to 250 pieces and is priced at 10,800 CHF. ulysse-nardin.com