Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Chronometer
Founded in 1846 by a man of the same name, Ulysse Nardin is most famous for its line of marine chronometers. Born in 1823 in Le Locle, Switzerland, Ulysse Nardin had been trained under the guidance of his father, Leonard-Frederic Nardin, in the art of horology. Later, and with the assistance of two master watchmakers, Jean Richard dit-Bressel and Frederic William Dubois, Ulysse Nardin developed and honed his craft.
Since their founding, Ulysse Nardin has been celebrated as a high quality, high accuracy manufacturer, due in no small part to the development of the most precise, most accurate mechanical clocks ever created - their marine chronometers. In 1983 however, the company was acquired by Rolf Schnyder, and in partnership with Prof. Ludwig Oechslin, a watchmaker of exceptional skill, relaunched the brand. Highly innovative, the House of Ulysse Nardin became renowned for utilizing the latest technology and creating cutting-edge, complication timepieces. In recent times, Ulysse Nardin has continued to produce watches of the highest quality and precision, but in limited number.
Ulysse Nardin: Trilogy of Time
In 1985, Ulysse Nardin unveiled the Astrolabium Galileo Galilei range, the first from their Trilogy of Time Collection, which boasted a series of watches based on astronomy. The Astrolabium Galileo not only offers an impressive range of features such as the Draco line, indicating when the sun and moon are in line with the earth creating an eclipse, but also tells the solar and lunar times. In 1988, Ulysse Nardin launched the Planetarium Copernicus watch. This timepiece portrayed a concept of the Copernican heliocentric universe and, as such, displayed the sun and earth's position in relation to the position of the planets. The watch also contains additional zodiacal features, and a perpetual calendar is also offered. The final member of the Trilogy of Time family by Ulysse Nardin followed in 1992 with the Tellurium Johannes Kepler watch. Just like the Planetarium Copernicus, this timepiece features the signs of the zodiac and a perpetual calendar. Additionally, the Planetarium Copernicus model by Ulysse Nardin depicts the lunar and solar eclipse, the moon as it orbits the earth and portrays the earth as seen from the North Pole.
In 2001, Ulysse Nardin revolutionized the watch making industry with the introduction of 'The Freak' model. Aptly named, this timepiece was unique both in terms of design and construction. The Freak by Ulysse Nardin does not contain a conventional dial, hands or a crown, instead, the movement itself rotates in such a way that would indicate the time. The Freak by Ulysse Nardin was also the first timepiece to contain silicon escapement wheels.
Exclusively for Women
In 2013, Ulysse Nardin launched its first ever collection exclusively for women- the Jade First Collection. This breathtaking range of timepieces by Ulysse Nardin features the first in-house, manufactured and designed, self-winding caliber created exclusively for women's watches. On the case, at the four O'clock position, a pusher can be found which also has the functionality of the crown. Any further adjustments can be made by turning the crown, thus, the crown does not need to be pulled out as with conventional timepieces. These exceptional watches by Ulysse Nardin could hardly be described as understated however, they are opulent and grand. The most coveted of the Ulysse Nardin series features a delicate mother of pearl dial, which is beautifully framed by a diamond and emerald studded bezel and also boasts four, elegant jade horns. The case is offered in 18 carat rose or white gold, and the timepiece is water resistant to a depth of 30 meters. These exquisite timepieces contain no fewer than 413 diamonds.
Perhaps the most vibrant of the Lady Diver collection by Ulysse Nardin is their latest addition to the range; the red, purple and blue versions. Measuring 40mm in diameter, the timepiece features a mother of pearl dial which is beautiful, yet simple, presenting a wave texture which flows across the dial and the hour markers are diamond studded. More diamonds feature around the circumference of the bezel, parallel to the hour markers, and the lug is adorned with yet more diamonds. The Lady Diver collection by Ulysse Nardin contains an 810 automatic movement. In contrast, the Ulysse Nardin Executive Lady Dual Time Watch offers a more complex dial, which contains imposing, diamond studded Roman numerals. Sitting on the left of the dial is a digital second time zone and a date indicator sits in the upper, right hand. This most striking of watches is offered with a 40mm case, in either 18 carat, rose gold or steel.
Ulysse Nardin: The ultimate in precision watches
Since its inception, Ulysse Nardin has focused on, and become renowned for precision and quality of the highest order. Having received no fewer than 4, 300 awards for their superb craftsmanship and highly aesthetic designs, their creations are sought by both the high end-collector and timepiece enthusiast alike.