New Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronometer

Oct 12, 2018,02:31 AM

Ulysse Nardin PR text:

Monaco, September 27th, 2018 - The tide has come rushing in at the Monaco Yacht Show, bringing with it four brash new models in Ulysse Nardin’s Diver Chronometer collection. Already a favorite among free spirits, the Diver has a new, contemporary and eye-catching appearance both outside and in. In addition to the deep blue and all-black versions, this fresh line includes the Diver Great White and a Monaco Limited Edition. These robust, elegant timepieces will be presented by our own armada of modern-day Ulysses at the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show, marking the beginning of the countdown to an exhilarating new adventure in diving watches.

A supernova among mere stars, the new Diver Chronometer redefines functional elegance with its audacious design. A diving watch crafted to withstand up to three hundred meters of potentially deadly water pressure, its inverted, concave bezel with domed sapphire glass is a breakthrough in exquisite watchmaking. The face heralds the mechanical marvel of the UN-118 movement with its silicium technology - a specialty of the Manufacture - within its 44 mm case, visible through the open back. Superluminova on the indexes and hands makes the hours and minutes visible not only in the dark of night but also at great depths. The face is adorned with a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock and a date and small seconds at 6 o’clock, all nestled within the unidirectional rotating bezel. 

    The numbers on the face have been redrawn to read 0-15-30-45. Even the rubber and titanium strap of the Diver has been cleverly reworked with the clasp replaced by a pin buckle and streamlined with just one easily identifiable Ulysse Nardin signature “element”.  Sturdy, blue rubber guards protect the crown. 

Free diver and Ulysse Nardin ambassador Fred Buyle explains why Ulysse Nardin is a key partner on his expeditions. “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.”

    Ulysse Nardin’s links to the sea run deep. A recognized pioneer of watchmaking innovation since 1846, the Manufacture’s early renown was built on the peerless precision and reliability of its marine chronometers – essential navigational instruments that helped seafarers determine longitude by means of celestial navigation. In continuing the development of its line of dive watches, Ulysse Nardin reaffirms its position of watchmaker of the oceans.

Diver Chronometer Great White Limited Edition
    The Diver Great White, with a great white shark stamped on the case back, is emblematic of the Ulysse Nardin philosophy. King of the oceans, the shark represents stealth, strength and strategy and the Diver Great White embodies these qualities in contemporary adventurers of the land and sea. The Diver Great is a limited edition of 300 pieces.

Diver Chronometer Monaco Limited Edition
    The instantly recognizable Monaco Limited Edition in this newly created design has an image of the Monegasque flag at 12 o’clock. The unique calendar disk has a specificity that corresponds directly to the Monaco Yacht Show; the numbers 26, 27, 28 and 29 in red mirror the dates of the 2018 event, held in the Principality’s Port Hercules on the French Riviera. The case back also discreetly bears the Monaco coat-of-arms. The Diver Monaco is a limited edition of 100 pieces.


References    Titanium, blue dial: 1183-170-3/93
Titanium, black dial: 1183-170-3/92
Great White Limited Edition: 1183-170LE-3/90-GW
Monaco Limited Edition: 1185-170LE-3/BLACK-MON
Movement            Manufacture Movement UN-118
Functions                  H/M/Small second, date, power reserve
Power reserve              60 h
Dial     Blue, black, grey
Case    Titanium
Bezel     Inverted concave unidirectional rotating bezel
Diameter        44 mm
Water resistance           300 m
Case back          Sapphire, except Great White
Strap          Rubber and pin buckle strap

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A nice evolutionary progression for UN's Diver line.

 By: M4 : October 12th, 2018-02:45
I'm neither blown away nor turned off. I think the new Divers will sell pretty well. M4

My opinion: I am not happy with some aspects

 By: Marcus Hanke : October 12th, 2018-02:48
To be honest: I am disappointed, because this watch appears to be a quickshot without investing too much energy into original solutions, which normally would mark a core competence of Ulysse Nardin. First of all, the designer(s) seem to have secretly rumm... 

I also think its rather uninspired release

 By: iadxb : October 12th, 2018-03:37
Here is the previous version, can't say that I like the new one more. ...  

I like them and I think they're in keeping with UN's avant garde designs

 By: vitalsigns : October 12th, 2018-10:05
My favorite UN diver is still the Gen 2 version Overall good effort by UN, although 42 mm diameter would be better, and I'm not sold on the line of text. Also, I'd prefer some precise marking on the bezel at zero for timing purposes (say a triangle or sma...