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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