Relevance of history

1846 - 2017

Continuing to push back the limits in Haute Horlogerie, from January 2017 Ulysse Nardin will offer a 5-year warranty on its mechanical timepieces.

Ulysse Nardin announces 5-year warranty

2016 marks not only one milestone in the history of Ulysse Nardin: the 170th Anniversary of the foundation of Ulysse Nardin in 1846, the 15th Anniversary of the launch of our iconic Freak and a first in the watch industry by the launch of the material Silicium, but also the 20th Anniversary of the iconic Marine Chronometer model which was first presented in 1996. In the typical Ulysse Nardin philosophy of “Timekeeping Simplicity” : Launch of the Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar with the new UN-153 caliber with an easy setting back and forth. Launch of the Marine Tourbillon Grand Deck : Evoking the golden age of yachting is the patented time display: a boom pulled by super-strong nanowires that incorporates a majestic tourbillon.

20th Anniversary of the iconic Marine Chronometer model

Launch of the UlyChoc, a new innovation mechanism in the history of movement evolution.

Launch of the UlyChoc

Ulysse Nardin joins Kering’s Luxury Watches and Jewellery division. Continues path of innovation in watchmaking with the launch of the 6th in-house developed and manufactured movement in twelve months: the UN-334 for Dual Time Manufacture with fast time-zone and date settings.

Sixth In-house caliber in 12 months

The unprecedented launch of five new in-house calibers, entirely developed and conceived by Ulysse Nardin, highlights a commitment to independently manufactured movements. Integrating silicium technology, they each have their own characteristics: • UN-690 gives life to Stranger, a musical timepiece • UN-310 for Jade is the first in-house caliber for ladies with a unique crown concept, a hand-engraved skeleton caliber • UN-170 powers the Skeleton Tourbillon Manufacture • UN-150 in the Marine Chronograph Manufacture takes precision to extremes • UN-205, the inline movement for Freak Cruiser, includes a 7-day flying carousel

Launch of 5 in-house calibers

New innovation comes with the launch of the Marine Chronometer Manufacture with its in-house developed and conceived basis caliber UN-118. And to take another step toward independence Ulysse Nardin successively acquires the Swiss artisan enameller Donzé Cadrans SA and a new manufacture chronograph movement to be released in a future collection.

A new in-house calber UN-118

The death of Rolf Schnyder, owner and President marks another turning point for the company. With his visionary leadership based on encouraging classic techniques in mechancial watchmaking, Schnyder had a profound impact on Ulysse Nardin and the Swiss watch industry. He is succeeded by Patrik P. Hoffmann, current CEO of Ulysse Nardin.

Turning point for Ulysse Nardin

Launch of the Freak DIAMonSIL® : a new patented Dual Ulysse Escapement made using a cutting-edge combination of diamond and silicium. The invention continues with Innovision - Ulysse Nardin’s vision of the future - 10 technical innovations united in one concept watch.

Further innovation with Freak DIAMonSIL®

Launch of the UN-160, the first selfwinding base caliber that is entirely conceived and manufactured in-house. To consolidate this tradition of innovation, Ulysse Nardin celebrates with a memorable Haute Horlogerie exhibition at the Kremlin, History in Time.

First in-house created and executed Caliber UN-160

Launch of the Freak 28’800 V/h Diamond Heart, with its new patented Dual Ulysse Escapement made from diamonds by means of an innovative process. This year also sees the launch of the Royal Blue Tourbillon.

Freak 28’800 V/h Diamond Heart

After launching the previous year, the Sonata, an incredible multifunction mechanical and musical timepiece wins the 2004 Innovation Prize.

Musical timepiece Sonata wins prize

Launch of the Freak . The revolutionary 7 day-tourbillon-carousel is a first in watchmaking. With no true case, crown or hands, its movement pivots on itself to indicate time. The next year, its impact is recognized by the 2002 Innovation Prize, Watch of the Year. In its illustrious history, Ulysse Nardin has won more than 4,300 awards, 18 of them international gold medals, and registered the greatest number of patents for mechanical watchmaking. For a closer look at some of these achievements, please go to Awards.

Revolutionary Freak makes its entrance

After a previewing the patented GMT± at Baselworld in 1994, Ulysse Nardin marks the beginning of the new millennium with the launch of GMT± Perpetual: integrating two exclusive Ulysse Nardin complications in one innovative watch. In fact, it wins the Year 200 Innovation Prize the following year.

GMT± Perpetual breaks new ground

The company celebrates its 150th anniversary in Haute Horlogerie with two memorable timepieces: the Marine Chronometer 1846 wristwatch and the revolutionary Perpetual Ludwig, named for its creator, Dr. Ludwig Oechslin.

Marine Chronometer 1846

After the Ulysse Nardin Astrolabium Galileo Galilei in 1985, and the Planetarium Copernicus in 1988, the award-winning Trilogy of Time series is magnificently completed by the Tellurium Johannes Kepler, a tribute to the German astronomer.

Trilogy of Time completed

The first minute-repeating wristwatch integrating a Jaquemart, the San Marco had limited editions in gold and in platinum.

Limited Edition San Marco

Launch of the watch Astrolabium Galileo Galilei, which marked the beginning of the extraordinary partnership between owner Rolf W. Schnyder and visionary watchmaker Ludwig Oechslin. This highly complex instrument gains Ulysse Nardin entry into the Guinness Book of Records in February 1989.

Astrolabium Galileo Galilei

A group under the inspirational leadership of Rolf W. Schnyder takes over the company, ushering in an exciting new era in the company's history.

Arrival of Rolf W. Schnyder

Neuchâtel Observatory releases its last official publication regarding chronometer performance from 1846 to 1975. According to this report Ulysse Nardin obtained • 4324 certificates of performance for mechanical marine chronometers out of a total of 4504 awarded (95%) • 2411 special prizes for marine chronometers, 1069 of which were First Prizes • 747 First Prizes for its deck watches, pocket chronometers and wristwatches • 14 Grands Prix, the Prize Medal and the Progress Medal, 10 Gold Medals, 2 Prix d’Honneur, and 2 Silver Medals at International Exhibitions.

Showered with awards

At the Neuchâtel Observatory (which rated accuracy in Swiss timepiece movements), Ulysse Nardin breaks 50 years of records for chronometer performances with a chronometer adjusted by Louis Augsburger.

Record-breaking performance

Ulysse Nardin introduces a new 24" split-second pocket chronograph measuring tenths of a second. Useful for timing competitive sports events, numerous Prizes and Gold Medals attest to its success.

24" Split-second pocket chronograph

Ulysse Nardin produces a new, smaller 13" movement, perfect for pocket or wristwatches.

Making movement smaller

Paul-David takes out his third Swiss patent (No. 54714) for a perfected control mechanism of the chronographic timing-wheel to eliminate almost imperceptible leaps.

Third Swiss patent

Marine chronometers are supplied to both the Russian and the Japanese admiralties. Following the Russo-Japanese War, the Imperial Government of Japan increases its orders and becomes one of the company’s principal customers.

Supplying the world's navies

By the turn of the century, Paul-David Nardin had made nine pocket chronometers fitted with tourbillon escapements to improve accuracy.

Tourbillon escapements

Two Swiss patents are awarded in this year, one is for a chronometer mechanism which enables daily winding without reversing the bowl.

Receiving Swiss patents

The premature death of Ulysse Nardin at age 53 precipitates his son to the helm of the company. Two years later Paul-David Nardin wins a Gold Medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition for his pocket and marine chronometers.

Death of Ulysse Nardin

The company moves to its rue Jardin premises, where it is still making precision watches today.

Number 3, rue du Jardin

Ulysse acquires a high-precision astronomical regulator (constructed by the "father of Swiss watchmaking" Jacques-Frédéric Houriet) to calibrate his pocket chronometers. Minute repeaters, highly complicated watches, and pocket chronometers carry the reputation of the Le Locle watchmaker around the world.

Astronomical regulator

After apprenticing to the leading Swiss watchmakers of the day, visionary Ulysse Nardin strikes out on his own to make precision marine chronometers. The beginning of a voyage into innovation that continues to this day.

Visionary beginnings