For years, Ulysse Nardin has been something of an insider’s brand with a solid heritage and catalogue boasting some legitimately impressive horology (we’re looking at you, Freak). Their strongest line has, in my opinion, always been the historically inspired Marine collection, based on the brand’s historic marine chronometers which date back to the middle of the 19th century. These days the Marine watches are less about navigation and more about a mix of everyday classicism with a sporty edge. Dressy Roman numerals paired with integrated lugs and rubber straps. The recently released Marine Torpilleur evolves this concept further and is a watch designed to appeal to a broader audience. Like the torpedo boats it was named after, the Torpilleur packs a hefty punch in a slim, deceptively simple package. The case is significantly simplified, paired with a very handsome dial and powered by the brand’s own silicone-packed calibre. All this offered at quite a competitive price point. It’s a watch intended to get UN’s name out there, and, combined with headline grabbers like the Marine Regatta and the InnoVision 2, the Torpilleur is well placed to play a key role in the rise of Ulysse Nardin.
Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Torpilleur Australian pricing
Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Torpilleur, $9995