The Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Ladies is quite deceptive in its look. At first glance, it exudes the classic ‘Princess’ air, possessing a typically ‘girlie’ pink and white combination with a sprinkling of diamonds. However, one shouldn’t be so quick to judge the Ladies Marine Chronometer. Upon closer inspection, notice some very masculine mechanics. The watch features a subsidiary dial at 6 o’clock with a fashionable bubble glass covered black numeral date display and a power reserve gauge positioned directly above it. It is powered by the Ulysse Nardin 118 calibre, launched in 2007, known for its DIAMonSIL and unusual silicon spring and patented dual escapement, which are all signatures of seafaring instruments. The watch itself has passed stringent Swiss tests of horological precision and has deserved its ‘chronometer’ denomination. The timepiece bears the date 1846 placed inside the sub-dial also in matching light pink, which is the year the watch company was founded.
The inspired incorporation of luxurious mother of pearl for the main dial is wonderfully complimentary, especially in the way the shine of the surface seems to create a ripple illusion. It came be worn interchangeably for wear in the day or evening, seamlessly complimenting either time, and is water resistant to a depth of 100 meters. In this day-in-age, versatility is a very desirable quality, and this watch has loads of it. The watch hands are the usual style of Ulysse Nardin’s Marine Chronometer watches. Contrastingly, it sports a novel three-block black lined minute track. Many women’s watches are now made with sizeable cases which is a staggering difference from the razor thin watches women were once accustomed to. This timepiece is no exception to the new rule. It measures 43mm diameter and is constructed entirely of titanium and steel. The titanium and steel crown guards and lugs are designed in such a way that they prevent the timepiece from jostling around of a small wrist. The circumference of the watch face is embellished with 120 diamonds giving it an overall, very competent mix of feminine and masculine attributes, declaring the Ladies Marine Chronograph as your atypical ‘girlie girl’ watch.