Ulysse Nardin announced its partnership with free diver and photographer Fred Buyle, an underwater explorer who has spent most of the last three decades beneath the surface of the seas capturing images in the watery depths with just a camera, available light and one breath of air.
Sunlight, water, air. Fred Buyle is using his underwater photography to change the way we see the seas. Thanks to his bold exploration, we can marvel at the icebergs of Antarctica from an orca’s point of view, swim with sharks, and look up from 60m below the surface at the sun shining through the water.
Without disrupting the fragile marine environment, Buyle uses his artistic background to capture little-seen animals of the deep on film, tagging them for biologists in the process. Able to reach 60m with his camera on just one lungful of air, he takes images using natural light. Belgian-born Buyle is specialized in capturing images of sharks in their natural habitats, without a protective cage, diving freely with iconic species such as hammerheads, tigers and even great white sharks.
To accompany Buyle into the ocean depths, Ulysse Nardin has created the Diver Deep Dive, a robust, functional sports watch, water resistant to 1,000 meters. Powered by the in-house UN-320 calibre, it has everything a serious diver needs: a helium escape valve, a removable titanium guard, an expandable, adjustable rubber strap and a large bezel with 12-nothed teeth for easy handling, even with diving gloves. Fifteen sharks adorn the dial and one more is stamped on the back – a reminder that man is only a visitor in the ocean’s depths and that the seas belong first and foremost to animals.
Fédération de l'industrie horlogère suisse