“FOLLOWING THE LIGHT OF THE SUN, WE LEFT THE OLD WORLD”
– CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS
Ulysse Nardin and Island Jewellers are proud to commemorate the discovery of the Cayman Islands by Christopher Columbus in 1503 with a special Limited Edition watch. Like the Cayman Islands, the history of Ulysse Nardin is inextricably tied to the seas. Since 1846 Ulysse Nardin Marine chronometers have been sought by both watch enthusiasts and collectors from around the world.
Christopher Columbus set out on his fourth and final voyage to the New World on May 11th, 1502. Sailing with four ships under his command, he set off to explore uncharted areas to the west of the Caribbean, in the hopes of finding a passage west to the Orient. This voyage was by no means smooth sailing. His ships would encounter the worst storms ever faced by a European explorer. Hurricanes, mutiny, war and a host of other events would make this voyage his last, but according to Columbus himself, one of his greatest. The discovery of the Cayman Islands by Christopher Columbus occurred on May 10th, 1503 and because they were the first Europeans to sight and describe Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, this gave Spain a claim to the islands by right of discovery. He called them “Las Tortugas” due to the large number of sea turtles the crew spotted as they sailed past.
All three of the Cayman Islands would appear in 1523 on an early chart called the Turin Map, but under the name “Lagartos”, meaning lizard or crocodile. It was not until the middle of the 16th century that the name ”Caymanas” was used. This term was from the Carib Indian word for crocodile which inhabited the islands back then. Las Tortugas, Lagartos or the Caymanas… we know these islands today as the Cayman Islands. To commemorate the discovery of these islands, Island Jewellers and Ulysse Nardin have partnered to create a watch that celebrates both nautical exploration and Swiss ingenuity. Introducing theLimited Edition Cayman Islands Discovery watch – a Marine Chronometer Annual Calendar that pays tribute to the spirit of exploration in watchmaking and the determination of men to conquer the seas.
A powerful blue dial inspired by the Caribbean Sea. The dial features a world map with a star designating the Cayman Islands location. The year of discovery 1503 features prominently in the calendar wheel. The power reserve indicator features the Italian language of high/low in honor of the explorer. The titanium element, located on the strap, gives the nautical location of the Cayman Islands. The case-back features the signature of Christopher Columbus, three stars representing the three Cayman Islands and a red cross which adorned the ships sails. The Limited Edition mark sits securely on the case-back plate. A Limited Edition of only 99 pieces will be manufactured.
Powered by an in-house UN-113 automatic manufacture movement with silicium technology. Annual calendar complication with forward and backward correction. Month counter and small seconds display at 6 o’clock. Date and power reserve indicator. Anti-magnetic escapement with UN certificate. Water resistant to 100 meters with screw down crown and sapphire crystals on front and back. Silicon rubber strap with titanium clasp and elements