Precision through Ingenuity: A Tale of Timekeeping Evolution for 170 Years.
Founded in 1846 by 23-year-old Ulysse Nardin, the brand, which still bears his name, carries on his entrepre-neurial spirit, always thinking about the next great development. Establishing the business in his birthplace of Le Locle, Switzerland, situated in the Swiss Jura and home to the specialized watchmaking industry, Ulysse Nardin had his sights set on a sparkling horizon.
He took note of the rising demand for marine and pocket chronometers, and so began Ulysse Nardin’s leap in-to nautical navigation. In the 1870s, navies and international shipping companies became equipped with Ulys-se Nardin marine deck chronometers. Over decades, Ulysse Nardin secured 4,300-plus watchmaking awards, 18 of which are gold medals. Yet, it was in 1983 when things became even more interesting. Rolf W. Schnyder took over the company and joined forces with Dr. Ludwig Oechslin; together they formed a collaboration crowned with monumental achieve-ments.
Some of the most notable accomplishments include the introduction of iconic timepieces like the 1996 Perpet-ual Calendar, where the calendar can be set forward and backward with ease and is the root of this timepiece family; and the 2001 Freak, which tells time by its movement, not by its hands. The Freak set the stage for Ulys-se Nardin’s presentation of novel mechanisms. And, it is the Marine collection that anchors Ulysse Nardin’s past to the ocean while casting its seafaring skills on today’s exemplary Marine Diver and Marine Chronometer.
Other cutting-edge advancements comprise Ulysse Nardin being the first watchmaker to incorporate the use of silicium technology, and the development of groundbreaking movements such as the Dual Ulysse escape-ment, Ulysse Anchor and the UlyChoc shock absorber. As Ulysse Nardin celebrates its 170th year, it does so as an imaginative futurist. The beholder of six exquisite families of watches and the greatest number of patents in mechanical watchmaking, Ulysse Nardin will flow forward, stretching the limits of design, engineering and technology, and, of course, surprising watch enthusi-asts around the globe.