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Ulysse Nardin’s 2017 Novelties

The Swiss manufacture dazzles with its latest collections of nautical- and classic-themed men’s watches.

At a recent Hong Kong luncheon and workshop, attended by a master craftsman from the brand’s headquarters in Le Locle, Switzerland, watch manufacture Ulysse Nardin presented its latest novelties, which had been unveiled earlier in the year at SIHH and Baselworld shows.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Regatta

Prominent among the brand’s new timepieces is the Marine Regatta Chronograph with central seconds, 12-hour- and 60-minute, as well as yacht-racing functions. In a 44mm stainless-steel case, the watch is powered by a self-winding UN-155 calibre with three-day power reserve. Also on display during the event were the 43mm Marine Tourbillon and Marine Annual Calendar Chronometer in steel, both powered by self-winding movements and each featuring a grand feu-enamel dial (the former in white, the latter in blue) with Roman numerals.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Tourbillon

What especially caught our eye, however, were the 41mm Marine Chronometer 1846, an elegant COSC-certified piece powered by the UN-118 self-winding calibre, and the Classico Manufacture Grand Feu, with blue-enamel dial and Roman numerals, which combines a refined simplicity with tradition and modernity, and whose 40mm-diameter case size is to sure delight watch aficionados who appreciate classic men’s style.

Oddly enough, when trying on the last-named model, we encountered great difficultly taking it off. Funny, that …