When Ulysse Nardin unveiled the most recent era of Diver X watches earlier this year in coordination with World Ocean’s Day, I’ll admit, I didn’t pay notably shut consideration. I wrote it off as one other colorway within the model’s assortment of dive watches capitalizing on the present recognition of sunshine blue. Whereas this isn’t a very incorrect assumption, the most recent iteration is a very interesting mixture that feels proper on a dive watch.
The Diver X Skeleton Azure has a daring id that’s distinctly trendy. It hovers between overwhelming and having simply the correct amount of element to maintain you staring. The 44mm vast DLC-coated titanium case ensures a light-weight carrying expertise amplified by the skeleton development’s airiness. Nevertheless, regardless of its light-weight carrying expertise, there is no such thing as a hiding the 15.7mm thickness when seen from the aspect — however this isn’t the sort of watch you put on to cover underneath a cuff. Paired with a screw-down crown and screw-mounted caseback, the Diver X Skeleton is rated to 200 meters of water resistance. Way over most wearers will doubtless want.
A design and development spotlight of the Diver X is its Carbonium bezel insert and mainspring barrel cowl. Carbonium is a carbon fiber composite with 40% much less environmental influence than different carbon composites. The swirling bezel insert brings a softer contact to an in any other case aggressive design. The numerals are engraved and luminous as is the commencement marking as much as twenty minutes for exact elapsed time monitoring.
The dial — or lack thereof — options the Diver X signature “X” with a twin satin, polished floor, and black DLC coating. Totally polished DLC-coated fingers bearing white luminous materials stand proudly over the “X” and, regardless of having practically an identical ending, are surprisingly legible. The white luminous infill offers sufficient distinction with the dial however sometimes blends in with the silver-tone end of the uncovered motion. Nevertheless, if at a look legibility is your primary precedence, I’d recommend testing the non-skeletonized variant of this watch.
The UN-372 Manufacture motion is sort of absolutely displayed by way of entrance and rear sapphire crystals. The association of this motion permits for simple viewing of the keyless works (the mechanism that permits operation of the watch by way of a crown) at 3 o’clock, superbly ending gear trains, and the outsized silicon stability wheel (with its flyweights) actively beating away at 21,600 vph at 6 o’clock. A colorless artificial ruby is used because the pivot jewel of the stability, which I completely take pleasure in. This additionally permits the colourful blue shade discovered on the dial, strap, bezel, seconds fingers, and polymer crown guards to really shine.
Skeletonized watches all the time include two major issues. The primary is the restricted legibility I discussed above. The second is the usually unappealing look of your pores and skin by way of the watch. That is nonetheless current, nevertheless, the black DLC winding rotor options a big X motif which aids in masking these fleshy home windows. The matte-finished X-shaped bridge construction of the motion may be absolutely appreciated when seen from the again and reveals how a lot the rotor interferes with the power to look fully by way of the watch.
On the wrist, regardless of the hefty 15mm+ thickness, the Ulysse Nardin Diver X Skeleton Azure wears surprisingly properly. The angular lugs present an ample quantity of “lug hug,” sitting low to the wrist. The fitted rubber strap paired with a brushed, DLC-coated, titanium pivot hyperlink and matching deployant clasp ensures the watch stays on the highest of your wrist and eliminates the discomfort that may include thick stiff rubber straps. Whereas the extra branding on the hyperlink is one thing I might be glad to see eliminated, its presence is altogether unobtrusive throughout regular put on.
Relating to luxurious dive watches there are practically countless decisions, and sometimes you possibly can’t go unsuitable. The idea is tried and true with designs not often straying off the overwhelmed path. The Ulysse Nardin Diver X Skeleton Azure suits the dive watch mould at base specs and goes above and past in relation to private and horological model. Is that this the primary watch I might select if I used to be going diving? Absolutely not — however it’s greater than able to doing the job, and it’s not the identical run-of-the-mill luxurious dive watch present in each workplace on Wall Road. In reality, with this explicit shade scheme, it will feel and appear proper at house on a seashore or boat with a tropical beverage in hand, which is strictly the place I want to put on it.
The mixture of a surprising skeletonized motion, light-weight titanium case, and distinctive Carbonium accents doesn’t come low cost. The Ulysse Nardin Diver X Skeleton Azure is priced at $26,400 USD. Learn more about this watch and the brand at the Ulysse Nardin website.