The Swiss watch manufacturer, Ulysse Nardin, was founded in 1846 and since that time the company has created some of the most reliable mechanical watches ever, such as Ulysse Nardin’s marine chronometers which are still sought by collectors worldwide. Today, Le Locle-based watchmaker continues to be one of the leading manufacturers on the field of watchmaking technology by introducing new materials in manufacturing high precision movement components and most innovative watches.
Portrait of Ulysse Nardin
Ulysse Nardin was named after its founder, Ulysse Nardin, who was born in Le Locle, Switzerland, in 1823. This accomplished watchmaker firstly was trained in horology by his father, Leonard-Frederic Nardin. Later, he perfected his skills under the tutelage of two master watchmakers: Frederic William Dubois and Louis JeanRichard-dit-Bressel.
For the last 167 years, Ulysse Nardin timepieces gained a reputation for displaying high-quality craftsmanship and the finest technology.
Ulysse Nardin Alexander the Great
Thirty years ago, Ulysse Nardin was purchased by a businessman, Rolf W. Schnyder, who is the current President of the company. Approximately at the same time, Schnyder discovered a scientist, an inventor and a watchmaker – Dr. Ludwig Oechslin. Together, in a one of a kind relationship of professional cooperation and personal friendship, they created watches that had never before existed. Schnyder and Oechslin designed and manufactured complication timepieces by using modern materials and time-proven techniques.
Ulysse Nardin El Toro Perpetual Calendar
The very first representation of the Ulysse Nardin’s new approach was the Astrolabium Galileo Galilei from 1985. This exceptional masterpiece of haute horlogerie is named after the device Astrolabium and the Italian physicist and astronomer Galilei Galileo (1564-1642).
The Astrolabium features some amazing functions, such as local and solar time, the orbits and the eclipses of the sun and the moon, as well as the positions of several major stars. In 1989, this technological masterpiece was named by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s most-functional watch, considering the fact that it comes with 21 distinct functions.
The Trilogy of Time
After this unique timepiece, Dr. Oechslin created two other astronomical watches. The first one was the Planetarium Copernicus from 1988, named after the stargazing theaters called planetariums and a Renaissance astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543).
The dial of this timepiece displays the moving of planets of Solar system around main luminary, letting to determine its position due to Earth in any moment of time. Their owner can count the moving of any celestial bodies, thanks to the movement which is different from any earlier mechanism. The dial of this unique and complicated wristwatch is crafted from real meteorite that fell in 1896 in Greenland.
Four years after unveiling Planetarium Copernicus, Ulysse Nardin presented the Tellurium Johannes Kepler timepiece, named after the element tellurium, and a German mathematician and astronomer, Johannes Kepler (1571-1630). This exceptional timepiece from 1992 shows the position of the Sun, the Earth and the Moon relative to each other.
These three masterpieces managed not just to measure time, but also to determine the relationship of the time with the movement of celestial bodies. Together, they constitute what the brand calls the Trilogy of Time.
Ulysse Nardin Anniversary Marine Chronometer
Since its foundation, this Luxury Swiss watchmaker had received 18 gold medals and more than 4,000 other awards for their technology and craftsmanship. Today, Ulysse Nardin continues to develop and manufacture specialized watches of the highest technical level in limited editions. Using the brand’s patented inventions, these often include complications offered by no other watchmaker in the world. We are sure that in the future Ulysse Nardin will remain the leader in timepiece invention and that it will bring more delightful innovations.