ulysse nardin lady diver great white


As the watchmaker from Le Locle welcomes the international freediving champion Alessia Zecchini among its ambassadors, it is also unveiling a series of diving watches exclusively designed for women, including a limited edition bathed in white, gray and diamonds.

At just 27, Alessia Zecchini holds several world diving records, a series of awards that began in 2010 with a silver medal after spending her childhood at swimming competitions. This young Roman freediver recently became one of the famous “Ulysses”, the family of personalities from sports and the arts who represent Ulysse Nardin. For this Italian, diving provides a form of freedom and when she is alone in the middle of the silent immensity of the ocean, her only companion other than her equipment is the Lady Diver Great White on her wrist.

ulysse nardin lady diver great white lifestyleIntroduced in 2007, the Lady Diver got a breath of fresh air this year, a breath that has been prolific with the arrival of 4 new women’s watches, including a limited edition of 300 pieces, the Lady Diver Great White. Its 39-mm stainless steel case is watertight to a depth of 300 m and sports a rotating, unidirectional concave bezel with white lacquer, while the back shows an engraving of a freediver. The metal piece houses the UN-816 caliber, an automatic movement that provides 42 hours of power reserve.

ulysse nardin lady diver great white engraved casebackThe delicately sandy gray dial has a few touches of blue here and there (the fine lines at 3, 9 and 12 o’clock, the words “Great White“ and the date indicated in a window at 6 o’clock), evocative of the maritime world under 11 blazing diamond markers. At 12 o’clock, a luminescent hour marker echoes the phosphorescence of the central hour, minute and second hands.

ulysse nardin lady diver great white closeupThe Lady Diver comes in a stainless steel case hemmed with diamonds accompanied by a dial in mother-of-pearl or blue, or coated in black PVD embellished with a bezel in crimped rose gold.

Price: 7’900 CHF (Great White limited edition) – 10’800 CHF (mother-of-pearl or blue dial) – 14’900 CHF (steel case, black PVD and rose gold).

By Sharmila Bertin