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Ulysse Nardin History

1846: Visionary, Ulysse Nardin, strikes out on his own to make precision marine chronometers after apprenticing to leading Swiss watchmakers.

1860: Ulysse Nardin acquires a high precision astronomical regulator to calibrate his pocket chronometers.

1865: The company moves to its rue Jardin premises. They are still making precision watches here today.

1876: Ulysse Nardin dies at age 53. His son, Paul-David Nardin takes over as head of the company and within 2 years has won a Gold Medal at the Paris universal Exhibition for his pocket marine chronometers.

1900: By now, Paul-Daive has nine pocket chronometers with tourbillon escapements to improve accuracy.

1904: Marine chronometers are supplied to the Russian and Japanese admiralties.

1911: Paul-David Nardin takes his third Swiss patent for a perfected control mechanism of the chronographic timing-wheel to eliminate almost imperceptible leaps.

1950: At the Neuchâtel Observatory, Ulysse Nardin breaks 50 years of records for chronometer performances.

1975: 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.

1983: A group under the leadership of Rolf W. Schnyder takes over the company.

1985: 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 watch gains Ulysse NArdin entry to the Guinness Book of Records in February 1989

1992: The award-winning Trilogy of Time series is magnificently completed by the Tellurium Johannes Kepler, a tribute to the German astronomer, the Planetarium Copernicus having been launched in 1988.

1994: Ulysse Nardin previews the patented GMT+ at Baselworld

1996: Ulysse Nardin celebrate its 150 year anniversary with two new timepieces. The Marine Chronometer 1846 wristwatch and the Perpetual Ludwig.

1999: 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.

2001: Launch of the Freak. The revolutionary 7 day-tourbillon-carousel is a first in watchmaking.

2002: The Ulysse Nardin Freak is recognised by the 2002 Innovation Prize, Watch of the Year. By this point, Ulysse Nardin has won 4,300 awards, 18 of which are international gold medals. It has also registered the greatest number of patents for mechanical watchmaking.

2005: 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 as well as the launch of the Royal Blue Tourbillon.

2006: Ulysse Nardin launches the UN-160, the first selfwinding base caliber that is entirely conceived and manufactured in-house.

2011: The death of the owner and president of the company, Rolf Schnyder marks another turning point for the company. He is succeeded by the current CEO of the company, Patrik P. Hoffman.

2012: Ulysse Nardin launches the Marine Chronometer Manufacture with its in-house developed and conceived basis caliber UN-118.

2013: Ulysse Nardin release five new in-house calibers: the UN-690, UN-310, UN-170, UN-150 and UN-205

2014: Ulysse Nardin joins Kering’s Luxury Watches and Jewellery division.

2015: Launch of the UlyChoc, a new innovation mechanism in the history of movement evolution.

2016: 2016 marks the 170th Anniversary of the foundation of Ulysse Nardin in 1846, the 15th Anniversary of the launch of the 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.

2017: From January 2017 Ulysse Nardin will offer a 5-year warranty on its mechanical timepieces

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