Ulysse Nardin


Precision through Ingenuity

Technology is driving the world at unfathomable speed. For watchmaking manufacture Ulysse Nardin, it has captained its course for almost two centuries. Calculating the waning and waxing of the moon to harness time and tides with exactitude, Ulysse Nardin changed how the world told time. Innovation upon innovation, it steers the craft into the future, marrying the age-old art of Haute Horlogerie with transformative technology, astounding with breakthrough performance and original design.

Founded in 1846 by 23-year-old Ulysse Nardin, the brand that bears his name carries on his entrepreneurial spi-rit, always thinking about the next great development. Trained as a complicated watch specialist, Ulysse Nardin had his sights set on a sparkling horizon. He started his business in his birthplace of Le Locle, Switzerland, situa-ted in the Swiss Jura, home to the specialized watchmaking industry.

Young Ulysse Nardin noted the rising demand for marine and pocket chronometers, equipping navies and international shipping companies with marine deck chronometers in the 1870s. These early timekeeping innovations were prized for their accuracy, improving efficiency of trade, contributing to modern society and charting the course for the manufacture’s future.

Over the decades, Ulysse Nardin secured 4,300-plus watchmaking awards, 18 of which are gold medals. How-ever, in 1983 things became even more interesting. Rolf W. Schnyder took over the company and joined forces with Dr. Ludwig Oechslin; together they formed a collaboration that has been crowned with monumental achievements.

Known for groundbreaking designs that challenge the founding concepts of mechanical timekeeping, like the Freak or the Perpetual Calendar, the company has also innovated in materials; it pioneered the use of silicium, whose use has become widespread in the industry.

While the Swiss watchmaker is perpetually seeking technical avant-garde, it remains firmly anchored to its past, through a proud heritage of craft like enameling, passed down from one generation to the next.



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