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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.

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About

Ulysse Nardin is the Pioneering Manufacture inspired by the sea and delivering innovative timepieces to free spirits. Founded by Mr. Ulysse Nardin in 1846 and a proud member of the global luxury group Kering since November 2014, Ulysse Nardin has written some of the finest chapters in the history of Haute Horlogerie. The company’s earliest renown came from its links to the nautical world: its marine chronometers are among the most reliable ever made, still sought by collectors around the world. A pioneer of cutting-edge technologies and the innovative use of materials like silicium, the brand is one of the few with the in-house expertise to produce its own high-precision components and movements. This exceptional level of watchmaking excellence has earned Ulysse Nardin membership in the most exclusive circle of Swiss watchmaking, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie. Today, from its sites in Le Locle and La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland, the brand’s continuing quest for horological perfection centers around five collections: the Marine, the Diver, the Classic, the Executive and the Freak.

1846
Ulysse Nardin establishes the company.
1902
The company starts to deliver marine chronometers to the American Navy. Ulysse Nardin goes on to win regularly the naval observatory competitions of Washington and becomes the official supplier of the US Navy's torpedo boats.
1975
The Neuchâtel Observatory publishes the last official edition on the performance of chronometers from 1846 to 1975. According to this report, Ulysse Nardin was awarded 4,324 performance certificates for mechanical marine chronometers out of 4,504 submitted (95%).
2001
Ulysse Nardin becomes a pioneer as the first watch brand to use silicon in its movements.
2018
Ulysse Nardin launches the Freak Vision at SIHH 2018.
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

Classic

Finding inspiration in artisanal traditions of the past combined with cutting-edge watchmaking, the Classic collection includes a wide variety of beautiful styles, and breathtaking complications.

Diver

The unidirectional turning bezel and the high water resistance make the watches in the Diver collection very reliable divers' watches and distinctly elegant sports watches.

Executive

The contemporary, bold design of watches from the Executive collection makes them instantly recognisable. Their easy-to-use functionality makes them indispensable. 

Freak

Genuinely unique, the award-winning Freak has been recognised for its avant-garde design - without a crown, hands or a dial - and is the first to innovate with a silicon escapement.

Marine

Paying tribute to Ulysse Nardin's rich history with the sea, the chronometers and chronographs in the Marine collection are the ultimate expression of technical performance and the aesthetic of conception.

Watches

Ownership

The story of Ulysee Nardin dates back to the eponymous Swiss watchmaker of the 1840s (who trained under his father, Leonard-Ferderic Nardin), but it’s the company’s more recent history that is perhaps most notable. In 1983, the late, visionary businessman Rolf Schnyder bought the Ulysee Nardin brand and, together with famed watchmaker Ludwig Oechslin, revived the house into one of today’s most interesting and daring watchmakers.

Marine Chronometer

Despite its manufacture being based in landlocked Le Locle, Switzerland, Ulysse Nardin from day one was not only fascinated by the sea but also bet its work on producing nautical timekeeping instruments. By the 1870s, over 50 navies and international shipping companies had Ulysse Nardin marine deck chronometers on board. Today its nautical themed Marine and Diver lines continue the legacy, and no doubt are its most recognised and best seller designs. The Marine line comprises of chronometer, dual time and tourbillon models (and previously included “Maxi” in the name, ie collections were called “Maxi Marine Chronometer” or “Maxi Marine Chronograph.) Their line also includes chronograph creations, such as the Marine Annual Calendar chronograph with a striking Grand Feu enamel dial, and the Marine Regatta (price CHF 15,900) that in 2017 won the sports watch prize at the respected GPHG. Expected to be a top seller, the timepiece boasted a host of chronograph functions, including flyback chronograph and split seconds alongside telling the time in hours, minutes and seconds. And below sea level, Ulysee Nardin Diver watches also shine, such as the handsome Diver Chronograph (price CHF 27,800) with a rubberized black unidirectional rotating bezel. (And again, like the former “maxi marine”, older models can be found which are named the likes of “Maxi Marine Diver” or “Maxi Marine Lady Diver”).

Ulysee Nardin Lady Diver and Marine watches

Despite its clear sport focus, Ulysee Nardin has a rich and varied women’s line that has its own best seller designs. For the Marine collection, there are beautiful chronometers just for women, such as the Marine Lady Choronmeter with a 60 hour power reserve indicator and oversized seconds hand, all set on a beautiful mother of pearl dial (price CHF 35,800). The Diver collection too has some standout dive watches, such as the Lady Diver with a rubberized red unidirectional rotating bezel (price CHF 28,800), a timepiece that is both chic and functional. Those looking for something traditional will like the watches in the Classic collection, such as the Classic Lady Dual Time timepiece with a unique quick time zone setting and permanent home time display (not to mention a very stylish diamond studded 12 o’clock marker and lilac strap).

Freak and Executive collections

The Ulysee Nardin manufacture is always one to push the boundaries of innovation, and to this end are the Freak and Executive collections - that may not be the top seller watches or explore nautical timekeeping like the Marine and Diver lines – but are both forces in their own rights. The award-winning Freak watches are free of a crown, hands and dial and have a starting price of CHF75,000, while the contemporary Executive line showcases the technical know-how of the Ulysee Nardin manufacture, with the likes of skeleton tourbillon, astronomical moon phase and dual time models.