Ulysse Nardin SA is a luxury Swiss watch manufacturer founded in 1846 in Le Locle, Switzerland.
Since 2014, it has been a subsidiary of the French Kering Group. Ulysse Nardin has operated out of the same building headquartered in Le Locle, Switzerland since 1865.
He is regarded as a top-tier Kering brand and is best known for manufacturing highly accurate marine chronometers. According to the last official report of Neuchâtel Observatory in Switzerland, he won numerous awards and honors for its marine chronometers from 1846 to 1975. He was awarded 4,324 certificates, 2,411 special prizes, and 10 gold medals at International Exhibitions.
The first major advancement of the company after quartz crisis was the launch of “Trilogy of Time”. This collection incorporated three different astronomical pieces starting in 1985 with the release of the Astrolabium Galileo Galilei, named after Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei. The Astrolabium displays local and solar time, the orbits and eclipses of the sun and the moon and the positions of several major stars. It was named by the Guinness Book of Records in 1989 as the world’s most-functional watch (with 21 distinct functions).
Dr. Oechslin then followed the Astrolabium up with two other astronomical watches. In 1988, the Planetarium Copernicus was named after the stargazing theaters called planetariums and of astronomer Copernicus. In 1992, the Tellurium Johannes Kepler was named after the Latin ‘Tellus’ meaning Earth, a Tellurian, and astronomer -Johannes Kepler. The Cloisonné dial of the Tellurium takes fifty-four processes, twelve baking operations, and more than fifty hours of work by skilled craftsmen to transform a draft sketch on a small metal disc into a unique work of art – each and every Tellurium is unique.