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Ulysse Nardin Marine Mega Yacht

Ulysse Nardin presents a timepiece fit for owners of luxury mega yachts.

The new Ulysse Nardin Marine Mega Yacht, presented at the Miami Yacht Show today, follows on from the Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon from 2016 and continues a tradition for nautically-themed timepieces at Ulysse Nardin that dates back to the brand’s foundation in 1846. While the Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon used nano-technology against a traditional teak background to evoke the world of sailing yachts and luxury liners, the new Marine Mega Yacht clearly evokes the luxury vessels that can be seen moored in their hundreds at the Miami Yacht Show, with its dial dominated by a stylized prow (in brushed white gold) of just such a yacht, cutting through an ocean of blue grand feu enamel.

Marine Mega Yacht

Marine Mega Yacht © Ulysse Nardin

This design alone may be enough to set the hearts of luxury yacht owners apace. But Ulysse Nardin has also packed this 44mm watch in platinum with a number of features designed specifically with such yacht owners in mind. The realistic moon phase display at 9 o’clock, for example, is accompanied by a sectorial tide height indicator on the right-hand side and, underneath, a separate indicator for spring and neap tides, each of which occur twice a month. The tides can be set for a particular location using the crown at 3 o’clock. Turning the crown in its intermediate position adjusts the moon phase and tide volume display (one full rotation counter-clockwise corresponds to four days); turning it clockwise, on the other hand, sets the level of tide according to the location (one full rotation accounts for a quarter-turn of the disc, or 9.5 hours). The position of the crown, “S” for setting, “TM” for tide and moon setting and “W” for winding the (manual) movement, can be viewed through an aperture at 4 o’clock in the case middle on a scale that recalls the traditional Chadburn Telegraph that skippers used to communicate with the engine room on steamships. 

Marine Mega Yacht

Close-up on the position of the crown and on the windlass at 12 o’clock that raises the anchor of the power reserve © Ulysse Nardin

On the opposite side of the dial to the moon phase is a patented power reserve display that continues the nautical theme. As you wind the watch, you can see the windlass at 12 o’clock raise the three-dimensional anchor on the right-hand side of a scale, using exactly the same principle as that on any yacht. The anchor is in the modern style, attached to a chain, and a discreet arrow at the top of the anchor indicates the remaining power reserve on a vertical scale. Fully wound, the Ulysse Nardin Marine Mega Yacht offers a power reserve of 80 hours. 

Marine Mega Yacht

Close-up on the tourbillon carriage and power reserve indicator © Ulysse Nardin

The beating heart of the watch and the UN-631 calibre movement can be seen at 6 o’clock. The tourbillon carriage features the rounded aerodynamic blades of a modern propeller. But this is just one of no fewer than 504 components in this ultra-complicated movement. Since this is a limited edition of just 30 watches, only a few lucky mega yacht owners will have the opportunity to bag one of these pieces at the mega price of 310,000 US dollars. Those who do can personalise their watch by having the name of their yacht engraved on a plaque on the side of the watch. 

Marine Mega Yacht

Calibre UN-631 © Ulysse Nardin


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