One of the most interesting watches unveiled at Baselworld 2016, the Ulysse-Nardin Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon replica watch tells the time with a miniature boom, cables and pulleys, just like a sailboat.
One of the most novel watches introduced at Baselworld 2016 was unexpected. Having been quiet since the passing of its driving force and subsequent sale, the creative Ulysse Nardin replica watch surprised with the Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon. Many watches that lean heavily on a particular theme, automotive racing for instance, tend to appropriate elements and clumsily integrate them into the design, like having brake caliper buttons, speedometer dials and wheel rim rotors.
White gold and 44 mm in diameter, the Ulysse-Nardin Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon replica watch has the chunky feel that’s characteristic of contemporary Ulysse Nardin watches. But the time display is wholly novel. The key feature of the Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon is the retrograde minute hand that’s shaped like the boom of a sailboat, pulled along by tiny ropes and pulleys. And just like a real boom, the horizontal pole attached to the mast along the base of a sail, the retrograde hand is made of lightweight aluminium.
To complete the nautical theme, the good looking Ulysse-Nardin Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon replica watch dial is made of wood marquetry, with tiny strips of wood inlaid to resemble the teak deck of a ship. The curvature of the inlaid strips evoke a photograph shot through a fisheye lens, giving the dial a panoramic feel. And on the sloped flange of the dial – the ring in between the dial and sapphire crystal – sit tiny rails just like those of a boat.
The playful Ulysse-Nardin Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon replica watch is available only in white gold. It’s limited to 18 pieces. So, what do you think?