A Piece For Eternity: Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar

There are pieces that have been for eternity, usually even for several generations. In addition to a nice filler and a high quality leather jacket qualifies for me also a wrist watch as such a piece for eternity.

With the Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar by Ulysse Nardin, I have recently stumbled across a time knife, which rightly claim to claim this place. Because with this, not only their design, but also the inner values. There are two reasons for the fact that we look at the Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar a little closer.

A Watch Whose Origin Is Based On The Story Of Ulysse Nardin

Before I take a short look at the history of the Ulysse Nardin watchmaker, I would like to classify the Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar a little. This is an expansion of the marine collection and follows the models of Marine Chronometer Manufacture (2012) and Marine Chronograph Manufacture (2013) according to THEELITESWATCHES. As the model description already suggests, it takes up the most classical elements of the naval instruments.

These include: a corrugated bezel, a screw-down crown for perfect watertightness, a solid band neck for remarkable wrist stability, and a generous case with a diameter of 43 mm that makes reading a child’s play. Looking at the history of Ulysse Nardin, it is clear that this chronograph would not fit any other watch label.

The company was founded by his name, Ulysse Nardin, at the age of 23 years. The founder of the Swiss watchmaker from Le Locle in the canton of Neuchâtel died relatively early at the age of 53, when the company passed to his son Paul-David. Just two years after taking over the father’s company, he won a gold medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition for his pocket and navy watches.

Confirmed by this award it was foreseeable that pocket and navy watches established themselves for a longer time as the stand of Ulysse Nardin. In the headquarters, pocket watches with complications such as calendar, moon phase, perpetual calendar, alarm clock and percussion were built-300 employees were active there in 1990.

Just before the insolvency in the years 1982 and 1983, the Swiss Rolf W. Schnyder took over the company. Within a short time, he again helped the brand “Ulysse Nardin” and established it in the top field of Swiss watchmakers. The watch builder Ludwig Oechslin, was responsible for this success in addition to Schnyder.

In April 2011, Schnyder died unexpectedly, Ulysse Nardin was able to continue without interruption and in the sense of Rolf W. Schnyder thanks to already existing succession regulations. New models such as the Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar regularly see the light of the world. It is precisely this chronograph that we now want to look at in detail.

Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar In Detail

“Simplicity is anything but easy to achieve. It sets the limits of experience and is the genius’s last effort. “

This was also the case when Ulysse Nardin had to deal with the implementation of the Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar. So the company wanted to accommodate not only a year’s calendar in its own chronograph, but to implement this as simple, simple but pure as possible. The result is a timepiece that is characterized by innovation, reliability and highest precision.

In order to achieve this, the company has completely manufactured the built-in caliber UN-153. This also applies to the silicon coil spring. The chronograph’s calendar is half-way between an eternal calendar, which can not be corrected before 2100, and a simple calendar which requires 5 manual adjustments per year. Its mechanical programming covers a year, recognizing months with 30 and 31 days, only the month of February is not recognized.Therefore it has to be corrected only once a year.

Looking at previous conventional mechanisms, it is striking that these consist of up to 30 components. This was not desirable for the watchmaker of Ulysse Nardin. Thus, the manufactory has developed a system consisting of just a dozen elements. The calendar is a further development of the simple calendar designed for the UN-118 caliber. Seven additional rotating parts were necessary for this development.

The extreme precision of the timepiece is ensured by the new caliber UN-153, which strikes at a frequency of 28,800 half-oscillations per hour. Furthermore, Sigatec’s spiral spring and escapement were manufactured by Ulysse Nardin, co-owner. Again, the company directly affect the quality.

The specially designed clockwork makes it possible to set the time and date display in both directions. The chronograph also has a chronograph function.

In addition to hours, minutes and seconds, a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, as well as the hour counter at 6 o’clock and not least the small second at 9 o’clock. The latter also accommodates the monthly display. The date appears in the window at 6 o’clock.

Specifications: Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar

The technical details of the Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar by Ulysse Nardin have been summarized in a table below. So that you can see the relevant information at a glance.

Ulysse Nardin CEO Considers The Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar

The CEO of Ulysse Nardin has a little talk with the Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar and his thoughts as well as impressions in a short video, which I have subsequently included for you. Quasi, a behind-the-scene look from the very first hand.