Ulysse Nardin opened his watchmaking workshop in 1846 and the company has operated out of the same building in Le Locle since 1865. The company was acquired by businessman Rolf Schnyder in 1983, who together with watchmaker Ludwig Oechslin, relaunched the brand. Key pieces include the Freak and the Marine Chronometer. The company was acquired by the Kering Group in 2014.
Five interesting facts about Ulysse Nardin
1 – Supplying the navy
At one point during the mid-1800s, Ulysse Nardin was supplying marine chronometers to 20% of the world’s navies.
2 – The freak – The name
The brand’s iconic Freak was actually a code name for the collection during production. When it was time to unveil the timepiece, no one could think of a better name, so it remained the Freak.
3 – Where to find a Ulysse Nardin watch
Ulysse Nardin is represented in over 102 countries across the world and in some quite unusual places thanks to Rolf Schnyder’s love for travel and adventure.
4 – The Guarantee
All Ulysse Nardin timepieces come with a standard 2-year international guarantee. As of January 2017, Ulysse Nardin offers you the possibility to extend your guarantee to a five-year period. To qualify all you need to do is register your timepiece within one year of the purchase date. You then also become a member of the Anchor Club.
5 – Famous people wearing Ulysse Nardin
Famous people spotted wearing Ulysse Nardin include Randy Johnson, Michael Jordan and Larry King among others.