Founded in Le Locle, Switzerland in 1846 and named for its founder Ulysse Nardin, this Swiss luxury watch manufacturer is one of the few that can claim uninterrupted production since its inception. Having been acquired by businessman Rolf Schnyder in 1983, the company then went under the management of the Kering Group in 2014.
After his apprenticeships, when he set up his own company, Nardin was convinced of the potential for marine and pocket chronometers and aimed to meet it. Proving himself correct, the following years saw Nardin’s navigational timepieces setting the standard for precision in the civil and military arenas; by the 1870s, the brand was supplying marine deck chronometers to more than 50 of the world’s navies and international shipping companies. After his death, his son carried on the baton of technical innovations.
The advent of quartz watches brought difficulty to the brand’s door and it was under the leadership of Schnyder and visionary watchmaker Ludwig Oechslin that the brand re-launched with a new direction of innovations that led to the introduction of some extraordinary timepieces and complications. During this time, the brand also determined to take every aspect of watch manufacturing in-house and master it.
2006 saw the brand’s first automatic movement, calibre UN-160, being designed and developed exclusively in-house. Till date, the brand has developed eight movements in-house.
While Ulysses Nardin is known for the quality and technical excellence of all the timepieces and complications it has developed over the last 170 years, it is still singularly known for its marine chronometers. The brand does have plenty to offer to its loyal customer base across the Marine , Diver , Classic , Executive, Freak, and Jade collections.
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