Geneva – An international jury of watch experts, collectors and editors at the 17th Ceremony of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) awarded Ulysse Nardin the prestigious Sports Watch Prize for its Marine Regatta mechanical chronograph. The annual ceremony, held this year on November 8, 2017 at the Theatre du Léman in front of hundreds of guests, is the Swiss watch industry’s most important award competition. Winning the coveted award honors the entire Manufacture.
“The Marine Regatta is the result of many months of development,” said the newly appointed CEO Patrick Pruniaux. “The new caliber UN-155 features performance, ease of use and perfectly designed display brightness.”
Getting off to a good start. This is precisely the purpose of this truly groundbreaking regatta chronograph – with a patent to prove it – which is equipped with a sweep countdown timer that can be set from 1 to 10 minutes. Victory comes down to those crucial minutes before the starting gun goes off, when racers have to maneuver to cross the starting line with optimal positioning and perfect timing. Following the countdown, the bi-directional seconds hand on the Marine Regatta moves in a clockwise direction to time the race, just as it did it for Artemis Racing Team during the America’s Cup earlier this year.
Like racers who study the water, wind and current conditions well in advance, the chronograph’s kinematics have been carefully designed beforehand to ensure precision and reliability. Combining complex functions, the sophisticated mechanism's inverter enables the central seconds hand to turn both counterclockwise and clockwise, to first keep track of the countdown and then to keep track of race time. Apart from activating the countdown, no other user action is required. The ample 3-day power reserve, the two-way seconds hand that can be stopped to adjust the hour and the bi-directional date change complement its remarkable practicality.
POWER AND REFINEMENT ON THE STARBOARD BOW
With its distinctive appearance, the Regatta timepiece recalls the nautical roots of the Manufacture. The solid 44 mm diameter steel case, water-resistant to 100 meters, is completed by a fluted bezel with rubber inserts, a screw-down crown and two molded rubber pushers. The faceted lugs perfectly integrate with the rubber strap, which has titanium inserts and a folding buckle. The dial is in ocean blue with bursts of signature Artemis Racing yellow or in a vivid sea foam.