The Manual Wind: Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Chronometer Blacktop
In fashion there have been many instances where trend turns to staple. The watch world is no exception. One prime example of a genre of watches turning from gimmick to necessity is the all black watch. Watches are technology driven. In the case of the all black watch, popularity and new technology ran parallel to turn the all black trend into a collection necessity.
There are many different processes used to create an all black watch. Mostly with material coatings such as DLC (diamond like coating), PVD (physical vapor disposition) and Forged Carbon , the challenge was clearly to make the blackest and most durable coating available. One brand that is known for its cutting edge technology and unique in-house designed complications is Ulysse Nardin. It is no surprise they have released a new coating that boasts all the desired qualities necessary for a premier all black watch. With the release of its latest limited edition, the Blacktop Maxi Marine Chronometer, Ulysse Nardin debuts their new process as well as delivers an ascetically pleasing black option.
The canvas for this piece is their traditional 45mm Maxi Marine Chronometer Manufacture. This piece houses their in-house caliber 118 which incorporates a power reserve indicator and their patented DiamonSil escapement with silicium hairspring. The dial has been blacked out aside from a few accents and and the roman numerals are done in SuperLuminova so the watch is still readable at night. The case is where the “new” comes in. This Blacktop coating, which is anti-allergenic and scratch resistant, is a layer on the steel case that is made of amorphous carbon. Scratch resistant is the key here as a lot of the previously mentioned coatings can scratch off the case for not only a costly repair but a very bad look. Paired with a black rubber strap with Blacktop coated titanium elements, this piece still holds to the classic Ulysse Nardin appearance.
Here is an example of in-house technologies coming together, both movement and material, to bring the consumer a high quality all black offering. Unfortunately you will have to head down to their New York City boutique in the Ritz Carlton to attain one of the only 99 pieces they will produce exclusively for their boutiques.
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