Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Manufacture

Ulysse Nardin has released several new Marine Chronometer models for 2012. The particular model you see here is a limited edition piece with a rose gold case and enamel dial.  I have included a lot of photos depicting the making of the enamel dials, as well as a closer look at some of Ulysse Nardin’s patened silicon component technology.  The watch is powered by Ulysse Nardin’s UN-118 caliber, first introduced in 2011 and featuring several of UN’s silicon based innovations such as the DiamonSil (silicon treated with a thin layer of diamond coating that not only eliminates the need for lubrication, but also significantly increases the part’s durability) and silicon hairspring — see Video below.   As well, the Marine Chronmeter case is slightly expanded to 45mm and has a new rubber-covered crown design.  The enamel dial is beautifully handcrafted by Donzé Cadrans, a world-recognized enamel-dial specialist that is owned by Ulysse Nardin.  As I say this is the limited edition piece, but I have included photos of the other models below as well.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Manufacture

Ref. 1186-122 , Limited Edition to 350 pieces

45mm rose gold case with enamel dialh, automatic mechanical UN manufacture caliber 118 (DIAMonSIL escapement, silicum hairspring, COSC), date window, small seconds and power reserve subdials

a closeup of the finished Grand Feu enamel dial:

enamel dials ready to be fired…


fired and ready for imprint…


Rubberized Crown:

 Ulysse Nardin Caliber UN-118

DIAMonSIL Escapement Parts (Pallet and Wheel)

Rendered image of an escapement, silicon hairspring

Ulysse Nardin DIAMonSIL video:

Other options:

Ref. 1185-122 titanium with gold bezel

Ref. 1183-122 titanium, stainless steel