Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Moonphase

When we talk about Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Moonphase watches and space it’s usually about watches in space, but there’s an obvious connection between horology and celestial bodies, and one way it’s been manifested is in the form of the moonphase complication. Ulysse Nardin has just released four new references in their Marine Torpilleur collection that put this complication on full display. Ulysse Nardin has historically focused on moonphase clocks and watches; the complication fits nicely into their elegant and polished design language, which seems largely unchanged from the brand’s inception in 1846. Ulysse Nardin forged a reputation for its prowess in manufacturing marine chronometers for naval use, and of course, sea tides are dependent on the moon. James Nardin, cousin of Ulysse Nardin, was creating pocket watches with moonphase complications as far back as the 1880s.
The new Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Moonphase comes in two variations: One with a white dial, and one with a blue dial. The dial color selection stems from the long history of Ulysse Nardin’s ties to horological traditions involving the moon and the sea. The blue dial is created with a sun-brushed PVD coating, and the white dial is varnished. The stainless steel case measures 42 millimeters, and inside is the manufacturer caliber UN-119, with a balance wheel in Silicium and escapement wheel in Diamonsil that contribute to a 60-hour power reserve. The whole package is water-resistant to 50 meters, enough to comfortably practice celestial navigation at sea using the watch and a sextant, like the Ulysse Nardin wearers of yore.
There are four total references, two with a blue dial, 1193-310LE-3A-175/1A(with a blue strap) and 1193-310LE-3A-175/1B(with a brown strap), and then two with a white dial, 1193-310LE-0A-175/1A (with a blue strap) and 1193-310LE-0A-175/1b (with a brown strap). There will be 150 examples of each made, and they’re priced at $9,900. The caliber UN-119 features the functions of hours, minutes, small seconds, and of course, moonphase. It beats at 28,800 vph, and it employs 45 jewels. The stainless steel case is 42mm, and features polished and satin finishes. The watches will be available at Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Moonphase authorized dealers.