Ulysse Nardin

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Ulysse Nardin
Industry Watch manufacturing
Founded 1846
Founder Ulysse Nardin
Headquarters Le Locle Switzerland
Area served
Key people
  • Patrik P. Hoffmann (CEO)
Products Wristwatches, Writing Instruments & Accessories
Website ulysse-nardin.com

Ulysse Nardin is a luxury Swiss watch manufacturer founded in 1846 in Le Locle, Switzerland, which has remained in continuous production since. Ulysse Nardin has operated out of the same building headquartered in Le Locle, Switzerland since 1865. Historically, the company is best known for its manufacture of highly accurate marine chronometers supplied at one point during the 1800s to over fifty of the world's navies.[citation needed]


Founding his company in 1846, Ulysse Nardin first trained in horology under his father, Leonard-Frederic Nardin, and perfected his skills under the tutelage of Frederic William Dubois and Louis JeanRichard-dit-Bressel, two master watchmakers whose fame extended beyond the mountains of Neuchatel, Switzerland.

Ulysse Nardin's marine chronometers have seen service with the navies of some 50 countries during the mid-1800s.[citation needed]

In 1983, the company was acquired by businessman Rolf Schnyder who, in conjunction with watchmaker Ludwig Oechslin,[1] relaunched the brand. Schnyder and Oechslin would aim to produce complication timepieces using modern materials and manufacturing techniques.

In 2014, Ulysse Nardin was acquired by the Kering Group, formerly known as PPR.

Trilogy of Time[edit]

The first advancement of the company was the "Trilogy of Time". This collection incorporated three different astrological pieces starting in 1985 with the release of the Astrolabium Galileo Galilei. The Astrolabium displays local and solar time, the orbits and eclipses of the sun and the moon and the positions of several major stars. It was named by the Guinness Book of Records in 1989 as the world's most-functional watch (with 21 distinct functions). Dr. Oechslin then followed the Astrolabium up with two other astronomical watches: in 1988 the Planetarium Copernicus (named after the stargazing theaters called planetariums and of astronomer Copernicus) and in 1992 the Tellurium Johannes Kepler (named after the element tellurium and astronomer Johannes Kepler).


In 2015, Ulysse Nardin announced his partnership with team Artemis in the 2017 America's Cup.


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