The stories that explain personal connections to certain types of watches never fail to amaze, and if you think hard, you’ll find that even yours are no exception. If you’ve been collecting watches for a while with even the slightest degree of obsession, I am sure you have some stories to tell. I’ll get you started with a tale of my own that cemented my love for triple calendars. 

During a visit to the local lab I use for slide film processing here in Toronto, I passed a seedy looking pawn shop with an oversized Eterna triple calendar, sitting pretty in the window. Since the shop was closed, I made a point of coming back the next day before they opened to claim it as my own. Fast forward to 7AM next day, and I’m sitting on a park bench outside a church, in the company of two homeless gentlemen — drinking coffee, talking politics, and feeding birds. A couple hours later, and after a bit of negotiation, I’m headed to work with a new old triple calendar on my wrist.

Since that memorable day, I’ve had a soft spot for triple calendars, because they offer value in a complicated watch that is hard to beat. Additionally, they’re just aesthetically pleasing, arguably affording the looks of a more mechanically complicated timepiece, if you want to see it that way. With all this in mind, I was delighted to come across a similarly compelling triple calendar, this time from Ulysse Nardin. To be frank, the modern offerings from UN aren’t quite my bag, but the back catalogue is an entirely different story, and filled with some truly nutty stuff. Case in point, this.