The new Ulysse Nardin Monaco YS Maxi Marine automatic diving watch offers you a cool combination of DLC treated stainless steel, black ceramic and, of course, 18-carat rose gold, which is not limited to only some elements of its grim dial, but also decorates its trademark bezel with the usual “waves” pattern and is even used for the number plaque placed at 9 o’clock on a side of the body. And, thanks to its official water resistance rating of 200 meters (20 bars), you can actually use it while diving!
It looks like Monaco, the European gambling capital, is getting extremely popular these days. I am not talking about the flocks of tourists and gamblers roaming its street and flooding its numerous casinos (although I am sure that the statement is also true with regard to these groups of worthy people that allowed an almost bankrupt microstate to become one of the wealthiest “nations” and most densely-populated cities in the region). I am talking about makers of luxury timekeepers that dedicate their finest models to the legendary city-state.
First the young Swiss watchmaker Hublot unveiled their new Classic Fusion Yacht Club de Monaco limited edition watch, then Chopard announced their Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Time Attack MF digital / analogue timepiece coming to a boutique near you, and now 100 extremely lucky individuals have a chance to get this gorgeous DLC-coated Ulysse Nardin Monaco YS Maxi Marine Diver model.
While many recent divers from famous Swiss watchmaking brands were delivered in imposing (to say the least) cases that would probably look cool with heavy diving suits of late XIX century, but make quite different impression now when they are mostly worn with Brioni and Armani suits, this new addition to UN’s Maxi Marine Diver Collection comes in a comparatively small 42.7 mm round body, which is made from high-grade stainless steel.
As most “black” watches are usually made using a process called PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition), which is prone to suffer from occasional bumps that lead to nasty scratches, the new Ulysse Nardin Monaco YS Maxi Marine Diver gets its shiny black color thanks to a relatively new process called DLC (Diamond-Like-Carbon) treatment. The thin film of carbon , which is deposited on the steel case, is so strong you can’t scratch it with anything, but a real diamond.
Well, of course, you can also crash it with a hummer, if there is an emergency.
Just like a great number of recently unveiled Black-on-Black models, the watch features a dark grey luminous substance generously applied to its indexes and hour and minute hands made of 18-carat rose gold. The same material was employed to make indexes and numerals for the traditional diving scale. The watch also sports a number of ceramic elements, including the crown, folding clasp and their trademark inserts in the rubber strap.
Just like the aforementioned Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver Titanium chronometer, the YS Maxi Marine Diver is powered by the their well-known UN-26 caliber, which is based on the good old ETA 2892 automatic movement. Not really impressive for such an expensive trinket, but at least it is robust and reliable.
I couldn’t find any info regarding the timepiece’s price, but I guess it is going to be around $20,000.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4.5/5
Value for Money: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Photos: Ulysse Nardin
Ulysse Nardin Monaco YS Maxi Marine Diver watch specification
Price range: Around $20,000
Movement: Caliber UN-26, based on ETA 2892, automatic, Swiss Made
Cadence of balance: 28,800 vph
Functions & Complications: Date, power reserve
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Stainless steel, DLC-treated, transparent case back
Case size: 42.7 mm
Case height: No data
Water resistance: 200 meters
Strap: Black rubber with ceramic folding clasp
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective