Reinforcing the precision theme of the Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Military, this opinion has attained both a Chronometer Certificate from Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC), in Addition to the brand’s own Ulysse Nardin Certificate. First introduced 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 Stress tests.Accuracy test in 6 places and 3 temperatures, during which it must achieve a deviation of no longer than -2/+6 seconds per day.The Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Military additionally distinguishes itself in the previous non-limited edition with a stamped caseback, featuring a Torpilleur boat, that is the French expression for a destroyer. These were agile, fast warships used in both World Wars, although the link between a tiny long tail warship and a 44mm watch with 50m water-resistance is ambiguous at best. The previous version could at least claim to be somewhat smaller than most of Ulysse Nardin’s other marine chronometers at 42mm. An oversize screwed-down crown with the Ulysse Nardin logo should make for easy operation, and the fluted bezel provides a point of attention on the differently no-nonsense case.
With John having just left us for Iceland, David and Ariel discuss being in Las Vegas for the 2014 Couture Watch and Jewelry Show and JCK, as well as the other brands we saw in town. There was a lot to laugh about, including humorous haute horology defects and marketing debacles.
In the HourTime Show Watch Podcast Episode 159, we discuss brands we visited and watches we saw at the shows, including a lot of TAG Heuer, specifically the Carrera CH 80 (hands-on here), Ulysse Nardin and their Stranger Music Box Watch, among others, and Bulova pieces, including their Accutron II watch (hands-on)…
Las Vegas has apparently had the effect of making both David and Ariel want to bling themselves out with diamond-covered watches. From there, conversation turns to reviewing watch prototypes and a malfunctioning hour striker watch we dubbed the “perpetual striker,” with Ariel helping us through David’s lapses into technical geekisms.
Listen to the HourTime Show watch podcast episode 159 here.
The direct MP3 download and link is here.