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 entrepreneurial 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 into nautical navigation. In the 1870s, navies and international shipping companies became equipped with Ulysse 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 achievements.
Some of the most notable accomplishments include the introduction of iconic timepieces like the 1996 Perpetual Calendar, where the calendar can be set forward and backward 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 Ulysse Nardin’s presentation of novel mechanisms. And, it is the Marine and Diver collection that anchors Ulysse Nardin’s past to the ocean.
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 escapement, Ulysse Anchor and the UlyChoc shock absorber.
Ulysse Nardin will flow forward, stretching the limits of design, engineering and technology, and, of course, surprising watch enthusiasts around the globe.