For those who enjoy speed on water the 35th America’s Cup is about to be underway and Ulysse Nardin is hoping to help sail the Artemis Racing team to victory, due to their ongoing partnership. To boost morale they have just release two limited edition versions of their “Marine Regatta” model.
There is always time to begin again and revisit what made us tick in the first place. Ulysse Nardin began its horology venture back in 1864 developing marine chronometers, which demanded an extreme accuracy. But, rather than just having the “looks” like many of their contemporary watches, this watch has been made to compete and equipped with a regatta timer.
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The 44mm case is made of stainless-steel with a transparent case back, which allows to view the inner workings of this new in-house movement. Its screw-down crown and pushers are also crafted out of steel and covered by blue rubber to provide a stronger grip for slippery conditions. Also made steeply curved lugs that protrude from the case and offer a comfortable fit to the wrist. Mounted on the case is a hefty fluted bezel that’s been adorned with cuts and bevels, filled with blue rubber inserts. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).
Time is either exhibited on a marine blue dial or on a silvery white dial; both of them with steel applied hour index markers and the Roman numerals: 3, 9 and 12. Towards the center of the dial is a “count down” ring with yellow Arabic numerals; the yellow seen here is also a shout-out to the Swedish origins of the Artemis Team. While at the rim of the dial near the bezel is a series of minute index numerals with an Arabic numeral for every five minute increment.
The ring at the center of the dial has an arrow hand pointing at the aforementioned yellow “count down” scale; its hand can be adjusted via the pusher located at the 10 o’clock position. There is a date aperture at the 6 o’clock position, inside another off-set dial which contains a sub-seconds that can double as a 12-hour counter.
Ulysse Nardin Marine Regatta
This “Ulysse Nardin Marine Regatta” (References below) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber UN-155 with 68 jewels, 650 components and 28,800 vph. What we have here is their new in-house caliber, which is run by a traditional column wheel that uses silicon in the escapement wheel. But, the true novelty is an inverter mechanism that allows the countdown/chronograph seconds hand to operate bi-directionally: tracking the countdown, followed by the race time, without any extra action from the user.
Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 72 hours (3 day), when fully wound. Currently mounted to the watch is either a blue or black rubber strap, both secured to the wrist by a titanium element and deployant clasp.
(Ref#: 1553-155-3/43) – Marine blue dial
(Ref#: 1553-155-3/40) – Silvery white dial
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