Ulysse Nardin Watches


There have been many firsts in the world of watches since the beginnings of the Ulysse Nardin Company in 1846. This company is located in Le Locle, Switzerland. In its early days it mainly produced chronographs (a combination of a time keeping device and a stopwatch) for marine use. The founder of the company, Ulysse Nardin, learned the watchmaking craft from his father and other famous Swiss watchmakers. His marine chronographs were amazingly accurate and therefore the company received many contracts from all over the world.

Following the death of Ulysse Nardin, his sons carried on the watchmaking tradition. Paul David Nardin obtained a gold medal for his pocket watch and marine chronograph designs in 1878 at the Paris Universal Exhibition. By 1900, he had created nine pocketwatch models fitted with the then revolutionary tourbillion escapements. Throughout the following decades Ulysse Nardin watches continued to win awards and accolades all over the world.

This brand of watch was revived in 1983 when businessman Rolf Schnyder acquired the Ulysse Nardin Company. Together with watchmaker, Dr. Ludwig Oechslin, the staff of the company began developing complex watches, the first of which was the Astrolabium in 1985. This watch displayed local and solar time, the orbit of the Earth, eclipses of the sun and moon and the positions of the major stars. It is in the Guinness Book of Records as the most complicated watch in the world. The GMT Perpetual, created in 1999 is perfect for international travelers because they can adjust the hour hand back and forth. This watch also features a perpetual calendar. The new company also brought back the technique of enameling in a series of watches with enameled faces.

The latest line of Ulysse Nardin watches is the Innovision Freak. This watch has lubrication free movement and is the first in the world to have a silicon escapement. This just one of several new models introduced by the company, which still continues to search for better technology and material for use in developing its products.