Whether you enjoy sailing or not, you’ve undoubtedly heard about America’s Cup. The tale as old as time (164 years to be precise) of daring men braving the rage of the sea to prove their ability and be rewarded with something that looks like Aladdin’s lamp. Or, today’s version, extremely fit men in lycra sailing in high performance carbon fiber catamarans developed in collaboration with the likes of Airbus, Cosworth, Lenovo or Red Bull Advanced Technologies. So it’s serious business with big money at stake. And valuable reputation.
So it’s no surprise to see high profile names get in the mix to support the participants in the 35th America’s Cup, to be held in June 2017 in Bermuda. One of the challengers to the coveted trophy is Artemis Racing, the Swedish team founded in 2006, who can now count on Ulysse Nardin as official partner in their bid to become only the 5th country to win the cup, after the US, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland.
But while we wait for 2017 to come about, let’s go back to the topic of this article: the new Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver Artemis Racing. Ulysse Nardin are celebrating this partnership by creating a limited edition watch, with features inspired by the sailing team.
“Ulysse Nardin’s history of navigating the sea, paired with the DNA of innovation and technology, which is firmly established in both companies, makes this partnership a perfect match,” Patrik Hoffmann, CEO of Ulysse Nardin.
The resulting timepiece is a mix of textures and materials, from stainless steel to rubber, featuring deep-sea blue with yellow accents and various nods to Artemis Racing: their logo on the straps and dial, and a special inscription on the case-back.
Beyond its aesthetic features, this is still a reliable and durable timepiece for a real yachtsman or diver. Produced in 250 pieces only, the 44mm watch has impressive water resistance at 300 meters and is powered by the UN-26 self-winding calibre. The dial incorporates a power reserve indicator (with a total of about 42 hours), a small seconds indicator and date display. A useful feature for diving enthusiasts is the unidirectional rotating bezel, which avoids accidental backwards movement that could alter the precise diving time. An anti-reflective sapphire crystal and a screw-down security crown complete the standard features.
Finally, it’s certainly a watch for a niche of sailing aficionados, but also a valuable collectible. Yet, it is subtle enough to be worn on safe land as well, so I suspect the limited number of timepieces will be in high demand.