To mark its new joint venture with the Vendée Globe, the so-called “Everest of the Seas” ocean race, for which Ulysse Nardin has become the official sponsor, Ulysse Nardin is launching two new limited edition dive watches based on its titanium Diver Chronometer 44mm. A third new diver, the Ulysse Nardin Diver X Antarctica, honors explorer Sebastian Copeland while a new limited edition 39mm Lady Diver celebrates world champion diver Alessia Zecchini.
The leap into the oceans is nothing new for this Swiss watchmaker, with its long history as a maker of marine chronometers. Last year, the brand launched new Diver Chronometer watch collections in a variety of sizes with titanium and steel cases.
Now attaching the Ulysse Nardin ‘X-factor” moniker to these special edition Diver Chronometers, the Le Locle-based watchmaker offers the Diver X Cape Horn, the Diver X Nemo Point and the aforementioned Diver X Antarctica, all 300-piece limited editions with collection-specific X dial, caseback and strap options.
For its Diver X Cape Horn, Ulysse Nardin stamps the geographical coordinates of Cape Horn as well as the route of the Vendée Globe race on the back of each watch. This watch features saffron burnt orange stitching on the strap to recall the Spice Route or the trip around Tierra del Fuego, a carbon bezel and an “X” on the dial.
On the case back of the Diver X Nemo Point (a South Pacific location named after Jules Verne’s seafaring captain) you’ll find an engraving of the geographical coordinates of Nemo Point and the route of the Vendée Globe race. This watch arrives with a blue rubber bezel, blue fabric strap with red lining designed to recall the leash on a surfboard.
To honor explorer Copeland, Ulysse Nardin also debuts Diver X Antarctica, an icier version of the same 44mm titanium dive chronometer with a matte white rubber strap and a sandblasted grey and white dial. The stamp on the back of the watch details not only the coordinates of the Antarctic continent, but also the route of the Vendée Globe sailing race. Inside all three of these watches Ulysse Nardin places its UN-118 movement with an escapement made with silicon and Ulysse Nardin’s own Diamonsil technology.
Echoing that icy color scheme is the 39mm Lady Diver, a three-hand watch made in four case and bezel options: steel (with unset bezel), steel (two versions with diamond bezel), black DLC and rose gold with diamond bezel. Inside Ulysse Nardin places its automatic UN 816 movement. The first model in steel with its light grey dial, the Lady Diver Great White, will be made in a limited edition of 300 pieces and features an image of a female diver on the case back.
All these new dive watches underscore Ulysse Nardin’s ongoing expansion of its full nautical collection. By also creating these specialized limited editions in alignment with its diver and explorer ambassadors, the watchmaker is reaching out to the large and active set of collectors who prefer to pair a genuine back-story with their 300-meter dive watches. Given the success of brands also active in this arena, including Tudor, Rolex and Panerai, this venture can only boost Ulysse Nardin’s profile among dive-watch enthusiasts.
Prices: $9,900 (Cape Horn) and $8,900 (Nemo Point, Antarctica). Prices for Lady Diver begin at $7,900 (Great White).