Ulysse Nardin Classic Perpetual Ludwig
This timepiece pays homage to Ulysse Nardin’s past and to one of its most talented master watchmakers.
Since 1846, when naval commanders and merchant captains the world over came looking for Ulysse Nardin’s marine and pocket chronometers, the company has been building on his winning approach of timekeeping innovation and precision. Every decade since then has seen its share of prize-winning innovative timepieces come out of the manufacture in Le Locle, Switzerland.
Today, the release of the Classic Perpetual Ludwig timepiece celebrates this illustrious history and pays tribute to master watchmaker Ludwig Oechslin - who later was director of the Musée international d’horlogerie (MIH) in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, from 2001-2014.
Ludwig Oechslin was renowned for his knack of finding the most direct solutions to the most complex problems. It was his genius for finding simplicity in complexity that was behind the first perpetual calendar timepiece in 1996. A watch that enabled forward and backward date adjustments using a single crown was unprecedented in Haute Horlogerie, and especially one that relied on so few components. Now, the Classic Perpetual Ludwig pays homage to the legend with a vintage-styled edition.
The automatic UN-33 perpetual calendar movement, offering a 48-hour power-reserve, is the beating heart of this timepiece, behind the calendar settings on the silver dial – the big date in its double window, month, day and year – as well as the small seconds. The 41mm steel case, water-resistant to 30m, is completed with a leather strap with simple buckle.