Ulysse Nardin Lady Diver
Last November, Ulysse Nardin unveiled a sexy, young and sportive series of diving watches exclusively for women, rejuvenating its Lady Diver collection twelve years after the launch of its first feminine diving watch. With more than a touch of elegance, this series is the new sensuous and bold feminine identity of Ulysse Nardin.
These refined diving watches, strong and tasteful, share many qualities with Alessia Zecchini, a 27-year old Italian-born free-diver and multiple champion record-holder.
Born in Rome in 1992, Alessia began free diving when she was just thirteen. At 16 she took her first formal course in apnea diving at the Apnea Blu Mare Society but had to wait until she was 18 before officially entering into competition.
She is the current world record holder in Constant Weight Apnea (CWA) an astonishing 113 meters (“the deepest woman in the world”) and Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques (CMAS) world record holder in Dynamic Apnea having reached 250 meters. She has won 16 Gold Medals in the World Championships and holds twenty-five world records in almost all the disciplines of freediving. A “talisman” Ulysse Nardin Lady Diver on her wrist, Alessia plunges to the depths beneath the waves, Xploring the wonders of the ocean like the modern-day Ulysses she is.
Alessia Zecchini © Ulysse Nardin
With a silhouette re-sculpted to 39mm, thinner and discreet, the new Lady Diver has been created in three iconic colors: deep blue, intense black and mother-of-pearl. A special model in light gray – the Lady Diver “Great White” - will be made in a limited edition of just 300 pieces. The first three will be stamped with a wind rose on the back while the Great White features a sensual drawing of a female apnea diver on the case back.
As with its masculine counterpart, the Lady Diver has a domed glass and a concave unidirectional bezel. The diamond hour markers bring a unique touch to the traditionally sportive look of a diving watch. For women who want a brighter shine, the new Lady Diver series comes with the option of a 40-diamond bezel, each one a generous 1,7 mm in diameter (0.92 Carats).
The UN-816 silicium technology movement is the beating heart of each one of these models, keeping expert track of the hours, minutes, seconds and date.
Lady Diver / Great White, Limited Edition, steel, 39mm
Lady Diver Great White © Ulysse Nardin
In a limited edition of just 300 pieces, the Lady Diver Great White is the female counterpart to the men’s Diver Great White. The watch features a case back bearing the stamp of a female apnea diver and a fully integrated rubber bracelet textured to represent ocean waves or mermaid’s scales. Its face is gray and sparkles with 11 diamonds hour-markers.
Price: CHF 7,900.
Lady Diver / Deep Blue, steel, 39mm
Lady Diver Bleu foncé © Ulysse Nardin
This steel version with its night blue face is intensified by the touches of rose gold on the second hand, the Ulysse Nardin anchor logo and the date. It can be worn with a blue sailcloth strap with a pin buckle, an alligator or a rubber band.
Price: CHF 10,800.
Lady Diver / Mother-of-Pearl, steel, 39mm
Lady Diver / Mother-of-Pearl, steel, 39 mm © Ulysse Nardin
What more appropriate than a mother-of-pearl face to evoke the depth and beauty of the ocean? The reflections shine on this singular seashell. The choice of white alligator band, its satin finish comes with four singular “point-de-bride” stitches in deep blue to give a shimmering, summery touch.
Price: CHF 10,800.
Lady Diver / Intense black matte steel & rose gold, 39mm
Lady Diver Steel and rose gold © Ulysse Nardin
The combination of 5N rose gold (on the bezel, crown and elements of the dial) and of DLC black matte steel (case and the horns) gives this model its sporty/chic appeal. Its black matte face is completed by a textured rubber band. The all-diamond bezel consists of 40 diamonds of 0.92 Carats.
Price: CHF 14,900.