The Peak Selections: Timepieces - - The Brief / A - List -

There are plenty of marine-in­spired timepieces out there, but we’ve not quite seen one as cre­atively whim­si­cal as the Ulysse Nardin Grand Deck Marine Tour­bil­lon.

In cre­at­ing this time­piece, the brand turned to the clas­sic sail­boat for in­spi­ra­tion – a nod to the nau­ti­cal his­tory of the com­pany, which was once a lead­ing maker of marine chronome­ters. The Grand Deck Marine Tour­bil­lon in­di­cates the minutes with an alu­minium pole shaped like a yacht’s boom, which is also alu­minium. It’s not just a vis­ual rep­re­sen­ta­tion – the minute hand is pulled along by ropes and pul­leys, just as a boom would be on a sail­boat.

Half the width of a hair and stronger than steel, the tiny ropes are made of the same syn­thetic ma­te­rial used in the rig­ging of rac­ing yachts. Hours are dis­played in a large win­dow at 12 o’clock that is cut out of the wood-mar­quetry dial re­sem­bling the deck of a yacht, with tiny strips of wood in­laid ver­ti­cally.

Sit­ting at six o’clock, the fly­ing tour­bil­lon reg­u­la­tor with a dis­tinc­tive cage re­veals re­spected com­pli­ca­tions spe­cial­ist Christophe Claret as the maker of the move­ment. Ulysse Nardin Grand Deck Marine Tour­bil­lon, $472,100

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