Ulysse Nardin’s Rs 6.85 lakh dive watch hits Indian shores
The first thing you’d have noticed when walking into the sprawling Ulysse Nardin pavilion at the world’s largest luxury watch fair, Baselworld, earlier this year, was a large replica model of the Artemis Racing team’s sailing yacht. Ulysse Nardin has partnered with the team that’s going to take a shot at the America’s Cup Trophy in 2017 – the world’s oldest international sporting trophy.
Come 2017, and you’re bound to see a bigger push by the Le Locle watchmaker to shore up its dive watch collection. Of course, the 170-year-old brand UN has carved a reputation for itself on the high seas – it was best know for manufacturing some of the most accurate and reliable marine chronometers without which navigation across continents would have been nearly impossible about a century-and-a-half ago.
While its present day collection includes the mechanically-genius Freak, erotic minute repeaters and charming music machines in a watch, Ulysse also has an incredibly strong marine collection.
The latest addition to that collection is the Indian Ocean timepiece that broke cover recently. The USP of it is its duality. While it checks all the boxes of being a robust dive watch – capable of deep diving to depths of 300m and featuring a uni-directional bezel and screwed-down case back – it’s also a perfect dress watch that you won’t have to switch up on your wrist in the time you go from wetsuit to tux.
The limited and numbered edition self-winding timepiece with a 42-hour power reserve, only 250 of which will be made, is now available at Rs 6.85 lakh a pop.