Manufacture of freedom
Ulysse Nardin is the Pioneering Manufacture inspired by the sea and delivering innovative timepieces to free spirits.
In 1846 in Le Locle
Ulysse founds his name company. The time is one of bold ocean exploration and international trade. Ulysse Nardin sets out to develop his own marine chronometers for navigation, along with complex pocket watches.
With an untamable inventiveness, he surely and steadily comes up with new ideas every day and designing of ultra-high precision timepieces. With its spirit of determination and audacity, Ulysse Nardin has written some of the finest chapters in the history of Haute Horlogerie by creating every opportunity brought by existence, by exploring and pushing further and further the boundaries of the watchmakers’ imaginations and by keeping in mind that exploring is to stop at nothing until to reach a heightened sense of comprehension.
From its original longing for exploration to the creation of their first marine chronometer, to the now omnipresent nautical inspirations of their contemporary creations, the House has always maintained a fearless relationship with the world at large and its oceans.
As the preservation of our oceans and endangered species becomes the great next challenge of our Time, the House chooses to dive into the abyss and support the monitoring of sharks’ complex behaviors. The shark’s nature is that of an underwater creature so unique, it knows no respite, as does the balance wheel of a watch.
Bold explorers of the world count as the Ulysses of our Time. Free diver Fred Buyle, snowboarder, photographer Sebastian Copeland and seaman Mathieu Crepel have become Friends of Ulysse Nardin.
Rolf W. Schnyder
A driving force behind the brand for almost 30 years, Rolf W. Schnyder was an astute businessman and a passionate advocate of Swiss watchmaking. As well as his many years of industry experience, it was his vision and determination that would propel Ulysse Nardin into the 21st century. Rolf Schnyder, one of Haute Horlogerie's leading lights, owner and president of Ulysse Nardin for nearly 30 years, passed away in April 2011.
A watch enthusiast since his teens, Patrick began his career with Diageo in London – eventually moving to Africa and then Chicago. He joined LVMH in Miami in 2000 and rose to become Regional Sales Director for the Wines & Spirits business for Latin America.
In 2014, Patrick was hired by Apple, in Cupertino, to prepare the launch of the Apple Watch as a member of the Special Projects team.