Ulysse Nardin’s reputation in marine chronometer manufacturing has seen it grow in more recent years into a favourite watch making brand. The company was formed in Le Locle, Switzerland in 1846, by Ulysse Nardin himself, whose father had taught him the science and art of time keeping technology. Ulysse Nardin created a vast range of chronometers for marine aviation during his career, and enjoyed a status as one of the most important manufacturers of this kind.
The company was bought by Rolf Schnyder in 1983, with the clear intention of having as huge an impact on the world of complication watches as the company’s founder had had on the aviation chronometer industry. Bringing in Ludwig Oechslin, Schnyder then set about utilising the best modern technologies and materials to produce some remarkable timepieces under the Nardin banner.
The brand’s Trilogy of Time series comprises three ground breaking timepieces. The Astrolabium Galileo Galilei presents the wearer with solar as well as local time, and astronomical information such as orbits, eclipses and star positions. The Planetarium Copernicus and Tellurium Johannes Kepler models complete the range, featuring solar system information and maps of the Northern/ Southern hemispheres. Some of the models were actually manufactured using meteorite, adding even further to their unique appeal. The transparent cases that adorn the watches allow their enthusiasts to marvel at the joy of engineering that has been poured into them.
The company continues to this day to sustain a philosophy in which innovation, scientific excellence and a passion for the traditional watch making crafts are afforded centre stage.
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