In the spirit that unites Replica Ulysses Nardin with the explorers and fearless adventurers of the world, the Swiss manufacture located in Le Locle near Neuchatel, has partnered with the Vendée Globe to sponsor the world’s most challenging sailing race.
Competed without any support, stops or technical assistance of any kind, skippers face icy cold conditions, mountainous waves, leaden skies and howling gales as they traverse the Atlantic and Southern Oceans to sail solo around the planet’s roughest seas. Taking place once every four years, the course – often referred to as the “Everest of the Seas” – takes the monohull yachts from the French coast 40,075 kilometers on a north-south trajectory around the circumference of the Earth.
In honor of the skippers who choose to risk everything by embarking on this daunting, dangerous and daring adventure, Ulysse Nardin has created three new Ulysse Nardin Diver X watches that bring the X-factor to tackle world’s roughest seas.
On this watch, a matte white rubber bracelet recalls the clean and austere lines of the Earth’s Southernmost Continent with ice blue touches reflecting the icebergs floating in the sea. The crown, horns, case back, embedding the UN 118 movement, are all made from titanium. And on the back of the watch are stamped itinerary of the Vendée Globe and the coordinates of the Antarctic Continent: 90° longitude with no latitude necessary for a landmass located at the tip of the Earth.
With its rubber bracelet stitching and blue and red stitching is reminiscent of the leash on a surfboard and instantly recognizable “X” on the face, the Replica Ulysses Nardin Diver X / Nemo Point is one of the most elegant and robust timepieces ever made. The UN 118 movement comes along with a black “X”, boldly stamped in relief across the face and the route of the Vendée Globe, as well as the coordinates of Nemo Point, also stamped on the back.
With its saffron orange stitching on the band to recall the Spice Route, a Titanium black DLC case and the instantly recognizable “X” on the face, the Ulysse Nardin Diver X / Cape Horn will be issued in a limited edition of 300 pieces only. Its UN 118 movement guarantees accuracy in any hemisphere, at any time of the day or night, while the route of the Vendée Globe and the GPD Coordinates of Cape Horn are stamped on the back of the case.
Ulysse Nardin smartly steered away from the conventional dive-watch look with last year’s new Diver X. Created to mark the brand’s newly-forged partnership with Vendée Globe, a non-stop solo yacht race around the globe, the Diver X Cape Horn and Diver X Nemo Point are a contemporary take on the standard Diver Chronometer 44mm, dressed up in new materials and colours but retaining the same basic
The Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph Hammerhead Shark is yet another limited edition.This luxury chronograph features a Hammerhead shark motif on both its dial and bracelet elements. This agile animal gets its name from its head shape, which gives it panoramic vision and functions as a sensory organ that allows the shark to detect its prey.