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.