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Ulysse Nardin

Combining cutting-edge technology with a unique heritage from marine chronometry is what sets Ulysse Nardin apart from other brands.

About

Founded by Ulysse Nardin in 1846, the eponymous brand capitalised on the popularity of marine chronometers for precision navigation in the golden age of seaborne travel before the advent of the aeroplane. Ever since, this specialisation has become part of the company’s DNA and remains prevalent in the brand today. 

When the Neuchâtel Observatory published its last-ever official statistics regarding its chronometer certifications, the name Ulysse Nardin appeared no less than 4,324 times out of a total of 4,504 certificates awarded – a staggering 95% of the total!

Brought back from the brink during the “quartz crisis” by passionate investor Rolf W. Schnyder, who teamed up with the watchmaking genius Ludwig Oechslin, Ulysse Nardin experienced a renaissance, building on its marine heritage and a constant quest for innovation. In recent years the brand has been at the forefront of technological developments in watchmaking.

1846
Ulysse Nardin establishes the company.
1984
The Astrolabium Galileo Galilei signaled the renaissance of the brand and earned it an entry into the Guinness Book of Records. It was the first model in the Trilogy of Time (followed by the Planetarium Copernicus and the Tellurium Johannes Kepler).
1996
Launch of the Marine Chronometer 1846 with the revolutionary “Perpetual Ludwig” perpetual calendar complication named after its inventor Dr. Ludwig Oechslin. It allowed the perpetual calendar to be adjusted forwards and backwards using a single crown.
2001
Ulysse Nardin pioneers as the first watchmaker to incorporate silicon into its movements.
2012
Launch of the Marine Chronometer Manufacture, whose in-house base calibre UN-118 represents the fruits of significant investment in the company to achieve total independence in movement production.
Philosophy
Ulysse Nardin styles itself as an imaginative futurist, constantly exploring new avenues to exploit new technologies and materials. One of the best examples is the brand’s pioneering use of silicon in watchmaking, but it has also developed innovations such as the Dual Ulysse escapement, made out of diamond, the Ulysse Anchor and the UlyChoc silicon-based shock-absorber.
 
Even after 170 years of activity, Ulysse Nardin’s primary objective is still to push the limits of design, engineering and technology and consistently surprise watch enthusiasts all over the world.
Collections

Classical

From the sobriety of the timeless three-hand configuration with date to the exquisitely personal touch of an enamel dial, the Classic collection has a model to suit the tastes of even the most discerning of fine watch collectors.

Exceptional

The unique Freak and Stranger models represent the cutting-edge of technical research at Ulysse Nardin, introducing new ways for the movement to interact with the time display and adding a magical audiovisual touch to the dial.

 

Functional

Models such as the El Toro, with its distinctive combination of dual-time and easy-to-read perpetual calendar functions, the futuristic Sonata with its alarm repeater function and the Dual Time and Executive models for both gents and ladies all have functionality at their heart.

Marine

The embodiment of Ulysse Nardin’s history in marine timekeeping and navigation, the Marine collection incorporates chronometers, chronographs and diver’s watches that combine the solidity and features required by the marine environment with the very finest in-house watch movements.

Watches

  • Trends and style

    Ulysse Nardin Classic Dual Time Enamel

    Ulysse Nardin introduces a new timepiece with dual time function and enamel dial.

    28 April 2017

  • Trends and style

    Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle

    The new Diver Le Locle watch pays tribute to Ulysse Nardin’s marine heritage.

    26 April 2017