Showcasing its expertise, Ulysse Nardin adorns its new timepiece with a Grand Feu enamel dial. The watchmaker enjoys the mastery of this craft within its own corporate structure thanks to Donzé Cadrans which produces enamel dials in keeping with the purest traditions.
UN-118 Manufacture, Silicon and DIAMonSIL technology, 60 hours power reserve
COSC, Power reserve, small seconds, date
Blue alligator skin, white ‘point-de-bride’ stitches
The Grand Feu enamel technique is a delicate, ancestral practice. The term “Grand Feu Enamel” refers to the vitrification of mineral materials. A copper base is dusted with enamel—white and gray enamel for the Marine Torpilleur Monaco—then fired at a temperature of approximately 800°C.
The second step consists in affixing the indexes and inscriptions on the dial using dyes composed of enamel powder. The dial is then fired once again, in order to fuse this new layer of enamel and to level the surface of the dial, which means that it is flattened by a piece of carbon. This operation requires a very high level of skill and accounts for a large portion of waste as the carbon may leave marks on the enamel.
The Marine Torpilleur timepieces take their name from torpedo ships, small and very agile old vessels used in the 19th century. Perfectly suited to modern city life, the Marine Torpilleur is at once extremely comfortable on the wrist and pleasing to the eye. A true captain’s chronometer certified by the COSC and Ulysse Nardin, it embodies the best of contemporary watchmaking design and the peak of craftsmanship and expertise going back several generations.