Connected to the sea since 1846, Ulysse Nardin made a name for itself in the 1800s with its marine chronometers that were essential equipment to navigators of the day. Today, the brand continues this passion for the world’s oceans with its Diver Chronometer Collection.
During this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, the brand took the opportunity to release four new models of which two are new limited-edition models — a Diver Great White, limited to 300 pieces, and a Monaco Limited Edition, limited to 100 pieces, featuring the Monegasque flat at 12 o’clock, the Monaco coat of arms on the caseback and red numbers for the 26, 27, 28 and 29, commemorating the date of the yacht show.
All of the pieces are professional divers’ watches with a water-resistance of 300 metres, unidirectional rotating bezel to keep track of time under water and Super-LumiNova details for heightened legibility at depth.
The Ulysse Nardin Dive Chronometers come in a 44-mm case and are equipped with the company’s in-house movement, the UN-118 with silicon technology. They feature a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock, an additional safety feature while diving, a date and small seconds so that divers can also instantly see if the watch is working.
The two new limited-edition models have a few new details too such as a new pin buckle, sturdy blue rubber guards to protect the crown and new numerals on the bezel.
Joining Ulysse Nardin in Monaco to present the watches was the brand’s ambassador, free diver Fred Buyle who shared his love for the Diver Chronometer Collection: “The main advantage of freediving is that we don’t have a lot of gear. I basically only travel with a wetsuit, dive watch, a pair of fins, a mask, and of course my photo equipment. A dive watch is the most crucial accessory for a free diver. When you’re freediving, you have a special relationship to time—sometimes it passes fast and other times it seems to slow down or even stop. Your watch almost becomes a friend, so I am always wearing my Ulysse Nardin Diver timepieces. I rely on my watch to monitor my perception of time. An automatic watch is key as it gives you the peace of mind that you won’t run out of battery in the middle of a remote expedition.”
Whether you are a keen diver or never go deeper than the bottom of the swimming pool, there is no denying that these new Ulysse Nardin Dive Chronometers are great looking timepieces for those who are looking for an elegant but robust timepiece that can take the rough and tumble of everyday life.