When it was launched in 2016, the Marine Grand Deck Tourbillon – a 18-piece limited edition in white gold – received the rapt attention of the entire Haute Horlogerie industry. With its highly original time display that evokes the boom of a ship, it incorporates the cutting-edge technology, innovative mechanisms and fine craftsmanship that have made the Ulysse Nardin name.
For 2017, the Marine Grand Deck Tourbillon emerges from Le Locle, Switzerland in a warm color scheme: a limited edition of 18 pieces crafted in 5N rose gold.
The dial of the iwc ingenieur automatic Marine Chronometer Annual Calendar Monaco is understandably a busy person, but for the primary purpose of telling what hour and moment it is, it does a great job thanks to a white lacquered dial and big Roman markers painted a deep, rich blue. All the hands except the month indicator are blued and there’s even some Super-LumiNova on the hour and minute hands to improve legibility in non invasive. At the top of the dial is the power reserve indicator and while it’s well implemented, I think it could have been left out given how complicated this dial was not able to get. The date is shown with the support of a date window and a wheel underneath. The circular window fits in much better than a classic rectangular one. In some of these close-up images, you’ll observe that the date and the month of September are in blue while the rest weeks are in black to signify the dates of this 2017 Monaco Yacht Show, that can be September 27–30. So those four dates are also blue, while all the rest are in black.
Ulysse Nardin’s craftsmanship is clearly displayed by the detail on the dial: finely crafted in pin oak, its unique marquetry is a lifelike depiction of a ship’s deck. The slightly darker wood of this edition is the color of chocolate, enhancing the rose gold of the case and lugs.
The technical avant-garde so acclaimed by the international press and watchmaking professionals is evidenced by the patented time mechanism, a revolutionary new take inspired by a yacht’s boom, ropes and winches working together to hoist the sails. The jumping hour is visible in a double aperture under the maritime symbols at 12 o’clock, in white for excellent visibility. Quick time correction is enabled with the pusher at 2 o’clock.
The minutes are displayed in gold on a spinel arc across the center of the dial, with the golden boom drawn across to show exact time.
Employing the UN-630, a 60-second flying tourbillon with manual winding movement, the Marine Grand Deck Tourbillon has a 48-hour power reserve and is water resistant to 100 m.