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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.


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.

Ulysse Nardin establishes the company.
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).
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.
Ulysse Nardin pioneers as the first watchmaker to incorporate silicon into its movements.
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.
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.


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.


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.



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.


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.



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.