Ulysse Nardin’s Marine Tourbillon Grand Feu Features New Self-Winding UN-128 Caliber


Ulysse Nardin’s Marine Tourbillon Grand Feu is a stunning new timepiece in the manufacture’s iconic collection of marine watches. Produced in-house at Le Locle, Switzerland, the Marine Tourbillon Grand Feu’s self-winding UN-128 caliber is entirely new. Expressing the brand’s development and continued independence in the movements manufacture, it harnesses the properties of silicium technology, with a 60-hour power reserve and a magnificent flying tourbillon. From its position at 6 o’clock, the tourbillon is the central focus of this highly desirable timepiece.

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A flying tourbillon is one of the most impressively complex mechanisms in the world of Haute Horlogerie. Designed to counteract the negative effects of gravity on the accuracy of a movement, it is one of the finest achievements in mechanical watchmaking. And in this particular high-precision timepiece, the cage, wheels, screws and hairspring of the flying tourbillon are produced entirely in-house by Ulysse Nardin.

The power reserve has always been a historically important aspect of the Marine Collection, as it harks back to a time when sailors relied on the power of their precision navigational instruments to determine their position at sea. With its 60-hour power reserve, the Marine Tourbillon proves itself a reliable partner to all those who require reliable accuracy over time.

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At the heart of the watch is a Grand Feu white enamel dial, made in-house by Ulysse Nardin enamel specialists Donzé Cadrans. Its lovely pale milky colour is a direct result of the process of this challenging art. Dating back to the 17th century, the Grand Feu enamel gets its name from the incredible heat required to fuse the enamel powder in a kiln. The skill of the Donzé Cadrans craftsmen at creating these delicate dials is renowned, and their work highly sought after.

Complementing the classic elegance of the Grand Feu dial, are the elegant hands and roman numerals that instantly mark the timepiece as belonging to the Marine Collection. The indicator at 12 o’clock shows time remaining on the 60-hour power reserve. A 43 mm stainless steel case with bevelled edges combines sophisticated design and pure practicality. The crown, too, is designed for easy handling, complete with a rubber notch for comfortable winding, and water resistance to 100 m. An alligator strap completes Ulysse Nardin’s Marine Tourbillon Grand Feu.

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