Ulysse Nardin has created a US boutique exclusive, limited edition timepiece that celebrates the yachting and competitive sailing industry. The newcomer Schooner honors “America “, the schooner who won the first America’s Cup challenge in 1851. The Swiss manufacturer is known for its love of the marine theme and this novelty once again proves it.
The year 1851 was the year of the first international regatta in Cowes, which was timed with the World Industrial Exposition. For this exhibition, Americans built a new boat “America” which during the competition became the best vessel in England and came to the finish line 18 minutes before others. That year, the schooner “America” entered the world history.
In 2013, Ulysse Nardin launches an exceptional Schooner chronograph that embodies a great parallel to the unique design of the original schooner. The most important for the yachting watch is its water resistance. The new Ulysse Nardin Schooner is constructed to resist water pressure of up to 200 meters (approximately 660 feet). Its stainless steel case measures 45.8mm in diameter and it is coated with a navy blue rubber.
The case incorporates a guilloche sea waves bezel made of rubber. The case back of the watch is shielded with a sapphire crystal for improved durability. Through the case back, it is possible to observe the work of the manufacturing caliber.
The matte black dial comprises gold skeletonized hands, applied hour markers with blue and orange luminescent coating (the first three minute markers are colored in orange), chronograph sub-dials and a date aperture are situated between 5 and 6 o’clock positions. The watch is attached to a blue rubber strap, engraved with the image of the commemorative schooner “America”. The wristlet ends with a stainless steel clasp.
“There is a level of precision and detail that is unprecedented in watchmaking when it comes to the way Ulysse Nardin manufactures its timepieces. We strive for excellence in our invention and innovation, both of which the Schooner timepiece embodies. We are confident marine and timepiece aficionados will embrace the intricate details of the watch,” said Nelson Lucero, Ulysse Nardin vice president of sales and marketing.
The new watch is issued in a limited series of 50 pieces. It will be available at Ulysse Nardin boutiques in Florida at the Aventura Mall, Town Center at Boca Raton and in New York City boutique at 50 Central Park South. The retail price is $15,500.