An intimate event was held at Cap Estel during the Monaco Yacht Show to celebrate the launch of the new Diver collection.
Already a favourite 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.
The new Diver Chronometer features functional elegance and audacious design. A diving watch crafted to withstand up to three hundred metres 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 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 recognised 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.