Ulysse Nardin Swiss Watches
Ulysse Nardin History
In 1846, Ulysse Nardin creates the Brand that still holds his name in Le Locle, Switzerland. Nardin passionate spirit takes him to feed the growing demand for Marine and Pocket chronographs, creating instruments with onboard precision. In 1983 Rolf W. Schnyder and Dr. Ludwig Oechslin collaborated together to bring the Brand back to life after the Quartz Boom of the 70, their collaboration had monumental achievements, with time making the Brand known as the pioneer in the use of Silicium technology in the industry.
For more than 170 years the Brand has accumulated more than 4.300 awards in the industry, 18 of those being “Gold Medals”. The most interesting achievements of the company include the development of watches such as the “Perpetual Calendar” in 1996, which calendar can be adjusted forward and backward as well, the “Freak” in 2001 which marks the hours by the spinning of its own movement and not hands, and last but not least the supreme and unsurpassable “Marine” collection.
Ulysse Nardin has two production centers, the original one in Le Locle and the second one where its technology and mechanic production departments are in La Chaux-des-Fonds. In recent times, Ulysse Nardin has made a great effort to apply the manufacturing movements to as many pieces as possible, whose annual production is estimated at around 20,000; and it has paid off. Today, 90% of its calibers (as well as its components) are self-produced This autonomy has made it possible to launch very competitive tourbillons on the market, such as the Executive Skeleton watch which, in addition to being skeletonized, is made of titanium. The house currently has 26 own movements. Developing a caliber requires between one and two years.
Precursor of silicon (silicium) technology, the firm maintains its leadership thanks to its participation in the company Sigatec. Silicon is three times lighter than steel, does not need lubricant, is antimagnetic, insensitive to changes in temperature and very resistant. It is the ideal mineral to manufacture the main components of mechanical watches, whose architecture could not be achieved with traditional materials.
Ulysse Nardin continues his career in innovation supported by his independence to produce his own movements and in the relentless search for cutting-edge technology, as well as the use of innovative materials and state-of-the-art technologies.
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