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Ulysse Nardin Honors Its Maritime History

The Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon uses a boom-like retrograde minutes display…

At first glance, the Ulysse Nardin Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon ($280,000, ulysse-nardin.com) appears to be outfitted with a garden-variety retrograde minutes display, but closer inspection reveals an imaginative system that pays tribute to the finer points of sailing. The blued-aluminum minute hand—shaped to resemble a boom, the sail-controlling spar used to execute tacking and jibing maneuvers—is controlled by a “sheeting system” of nanowires made from Dyneema, a polyethylene material sometimes used in marine cordage. The Christophe Claret–built movement residing beneath the deck-like wood marquetry dial utilizes the power of a second barrel system to gently jibe the boom back to its starting position at the turn of the hour.

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