Ever since its beginnings back in 1846, luxury Swiss watch manufacturer Ulysse Nardin has been shaping exquisite chronometers with maritime flair, made for the rich and sophisticated society. Their latest creation is nothing short of fascinating, and comes with a matching (read: heart-attack inducing) price tag. Enter the Grand Deck Marine Tourbillion ($293K).
Drawing inspiration form a ship’s deck, the watch uses a complex, manual-winding Caliber UN-630 movement (48 hrs of power reserve), composed of a staggering 469 parts. The hours are displayed digitally, while a mast hanging at the 12 o’clock position, moves horizontally over the dial – indicating in this way the minutes – and automatically resets to 0 (via some clever nanowires), when reaching 60 minutes. The dial (hand-crafted with wood inlays) also sports a 60-second flying tourbillion escapement at the 6:00 mark, with the Ulysse Nardin anchor at the heart of it, plus two discs at 5:00 and 7:00 that drive the hours.
Boasting a 44mm 18k white gold case, the Grand Deck Marine Tourbillion comes with an alligator strap and matching 18k white gold buckle. Water resistant to 100 meters, and extremely limited to just 18 pieces, so you’d better hurry to order one before they sell out!