The legacy is still very noticeable when it comes to design of their maritime-inspired wrist watches and the rose gold fake Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Manufacture automatic watch is no exception here. Featuring all the necessary design cues of a maritime chronometer (including a notched bezel,) the watch nevertheless looks elegant enough to be worn with a formal suit, even despite its oversized case. As most of you probably know, the Swiss watchmaking brand Ulysse Nardin has a long history of making precise and reliable marine chronometers that were used by literally thousands of European navigators
First revealed around five years ago when the brand presented its outrageous Freak DIAMonSIL model, the component has its parts crafted from lightweight and antimagnetic silicon, which is then treated with a thin layer of diamond coating that not only eliminates the need for lubrication, but also significantly increases the part’s durability.
By the way, the silicium 1.1.1 hairspring, which is employed in this mechanism was first used in their patented UN-66 self-winding movement that powered the 2008 Ulysse Nardin Sonata Silicium Limited Edition alarm watch.
Officially certified by the Swiss COSC authority as a chronometer, the new (it was introduced in 2011) UN-118 automatic movement not only offers you formidable 60 hours of guaranteed power reserve, but also comes equipped with their patented DIAMonSILlever escapement with silicon oscillator and balance spring.
As to the exterior of the piece, it is, as usual, very recognizable.
Delivered in a large 18-carat rose gold body (pictured, also versions in titanium-gold and titanium-steel mixes) 45 millimeters in diameter, the timekeeper comes equipped with a notched bezel (a clear nod to XIX century maritime chronometers) and the signature setting crown, which is partially protected from unexpected damage with a pair of crown guards.
Its vintage-styled “snow white” dial is treated with a very expensive and hard to make grand feu enamel that not only looks great, but also provides a high-contrast background for the Roman numerals, as well as for the “historic” hours and minutes hands that are covered with small patches of Superluminova.
According to the Swiss brand’s press release, the rose gold version of the watch will be issued only as a limited edition of just 350 pieces. Luckily, versions in titanium-gold and titanium-steel will be produced in as many examples as Ulysse Nardin copy watch will be able to sell.
As usual, the small seconds hand sub-dial, which is placed at 6 hours and shares a part of its intimate space with a round date window, is counterweighted with small power reserve indicator, which is located at 12 o’clock. Well, I don’t really like the way they have accompanied the French abbreviations “BAS” and “HAUT” with English “DOWN” and “UP” respectively, but I can certainly live with that.
The best quality fake Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer watch was officially introduced last week during the Baselworld 2012 event.