Up Close with the Ulysse Nardin Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon and its Sailboat-Inspired Complication
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, Ulysse Nardin 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. Once a famous maker of marine chronometers for various navies around the world, Ulysse Nardin has frequently relied on its maritime history for inspiration, but the Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon takes a more intelligent approach in working the nautical theme into the design as well as the complication.