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Ulysse Nardin Marine Annual Calendar Chronograph Luxury Watch Review

http://www.thewatchbox.com/watches/ulysse-nardin The rarely-seen Ulysse Nardin Marine Annual Calendar Chronograph is a true prize for discerning collectors of the brand. In this 40mm stainless steel case, Ulysse Nardin combines all of the elements that have made it a paragon of technical innovation, original design, and value in the modern era. Ulysse Nardin was founded in 1846, and its built its name on the precision and durability of its marine chronometer navigation clocks. These instruments guided innumerable mariners to far-flung destinations over the course of more than a century, but by 1983, the Le Locle watchmaker was in financial dire straights. Investor Rolf Schnyder resurrected the brand on the back of technical innovations and design that celebrated the firm's nautical heritage. Both of these elements combine in the Marine Annual Calendar Chronograph. Its dial takes design cues from the proportions and layout of classic Ulysse Nardin deck clocks, and the steeply sloped chapter ring simulates the deep recess of the vintage marine chronometer rehaut tracks. The watch's case sports a barrel-like form that echoes the utilitarian lines of the navigation clocks, and a coined bezel pays further homage to the design cues of UN's past. However, where mechanical content is concerned, the Ulysse Nardin Marine Annual Calendar Chronograph makes a clean break with precedent. A dual-aperture annual calendar features a double-digit "grand date" at twelve 'clock; its companion, the month window, rests at 4:30 on the hour track. Unlike a simple calendar, this system only requires a reset once per year: the transition from February to March. A chronograph function is integrated via twin sub registers and a prominent center seconds hand. All calibrations and marks are printed darkly and clearly for maximum contrast. The feel and function of the chronograph actuators is exemplary, and the sensation of the mechanism will satisfy even the most discerning collectors of chronograph calibers. Within the case, Ulysse Nardin equips this latter-day Marine with an automatic caliber UN-51 movement. The ETA 2892-A2 forms the rugged base, and UN's own complication module provides the secondary functions. As with the Trilogy of Time grand complication series and the "Perpetual Ludwig" series, Ulysse Nardin has taken a basic ETA caliber and elaborated it beyond the imagination of the original engineers. Ulysse Nardin completes this compelling package with a compound strap and clasp befitting the upscale content and finish of the Marine Annual Calendar Chronograph. Each example features a hybrid strap that joins the case via a seamless (contoured) end piece, but flexibility and small-wrist fit is assured via a unique articulated metal double-joint between the upper and lower portions of the rubber strap. Thus equipped, this Ulysse Nardin Marine can be worn with comfort by owners with wrists as small as 5.5 inches in circumference. A beautifully-built double deployant titanium clasp completes this impressive accessory. See this Ulysse Nardin Marine Annual Calendar Chronograph in high-resolution images on www.thewatchbox.com. Video and content by Tim Mosso