The Marine Chronometer series by Ulysse Nardin comprises mostly men’s models, but the two new pieces for this year are limited editions for women. A comparison between the men’s piece closest to these two new watches shows that they are very similar (see photo below), with the same 43 mm diameter case, the same dial layout, with small seconds and date at 6 o’clock, power reserve at the top, and the Roman-style numerals. The feminine characteristics take the form of 120 small diamonds on the bezel, corresponding exactly to the fluting, a mother-of-pearl dial, the hour indications in blue or pink, and a leather strap with matching stitching.
The watch has the fine in-house UN-118 movement, COSC-certified, with the Ulysse Nardin patent DIAMonSIL escapement and silicium balance spring, self-winding with 60 hours power reserve. The date can be adjusted rapidly using the screw-down crown, which, like the men’s watches, has a rubber insert for easier use. The case is in stainless steel with a transparent caseback, and the water resistance is 100 metres. All considered, it’s a watch with lots of great watchmaking technology: women deserve equal attention in terms of a quality movement. In this case, the men’s watch has been dressed in feminine clothes, leaving everything else unchanged, including the diameter which is fairly large for women at 43 mm.
The Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Manufacture Ladies is made in two references, 1183-126B/430 (blue hour indices) and 1183-126B/470 (pink indices). Each is a limited edition of 150 pieces. Both cost €13,500, and they are available now (September 2015) from Ulysse Nardin retailers.