April 2, 2023

Last week, Le Locle based manufacturer Ulysse Nardin announced a the “Blaktop” Marine Chronometer. The newest addition to the Marine Chronometer Series comes in a 45 mm steel case that is coated with a black amorphous carbon layer that is hypoallergenic and highly scotch resistant. It is limited to 99 pieces, and will be available exclusively at mono-brand boutiques.

The dial is matt black with a sunburst finish, and with hours marked by anthracite colored, applied Roman numerals. The skeletonzied hour and minute hands are black with anthracite luminous material on the end of each. A matching skeletonzied hand indicates continuous seconds in the subsidiary dial at 6 o’clock. A small dial at 12 o’clock displays the power reserve, along with a red indicator for when the mainspring is nearly out of energy. The flange has a printed minute track with triangle anthracite luminous markers at every five minute interval, except at 12, 3, 6 and 9, which are marked with contrasting red triangles.


The crown is in black steel, with a red rubberized cover, for easier grip while operated. It features black security guards and screws-down. An anti-reflective sapphire crystal protects the dial, with a sapphire crystal caseback. Water-resistance is 200 meters.

Powering the wristwatch is the UN-118 caliber. The self-winding caliber is in-house manufactured and includes a patented DIAMonSIL escapement, a patented inertial balance when and a dilicim hairspring. The movement beats at 4Hz, has 50 jewels and a maximum power reserve of 60-hours.

The Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Series “Blaktop” is paired with a black rubber strap with “Blaktop” coated titanium elements and folding buckle. (Ref. 1183-122LE-3C/BLACK-BQ)

For more, visit Ulysse Nardin.


Breitling has announced a new limited edition version of the Transocean Chronograph with a special two-tone dial and a double caseback.

The 43 mm diameter stainless steel case has the same dimensions as the regular production version of the Transocean Chronograph.

However, the crucial element that distinguishes this Transocean Chronograph from regular production models, is the unique officer’s caseback (double caseback). It has two casebacks: a solid steel caseback hinged on top of a sapphire crystal caseback. A configuration that offers the protection of a solid back and the ability to view the movement. Additionally, the inside of the solid caseback provides a place for a personalized inscription.


The cream colored dial has two vintage style counters at 3 and 9 o’clock, with a date window at 6 o’clock. It is protected by a convex sapphire crystal with double glare-proofing. The hands and applied hour indexes are rose gold-plated, with the Breitling “B” logo is 18K yellow gold. Luminous dots mark each hour. The hour and minute hands are also enhanced with lume.


Inside, is caliber B01, Breitling’s in-house made 1/4th of second chronograph which beats at 4Hz and has a 70-hour power reserve.


The Breitling Transocean Chronograph production is limited to 2,000 pieces. It comes with a steel mesh bracelet, as well as a barenia leather or crocodile leather strap.