Ulysse Nardin is a historic, technologically advanced producer of mechanical luxury watches, headquartered in Le Locle and Neuchatel, Switzerland. The independent watchmaker has made a name for itself through its thousands of award-winning marine chronometers in the past, and through its innovative mechanical watches from the 1980s to date. Its luxury timepiece collections include the Ulysse Nardin Freak, Marine, Diver, Classico, and Blast.
Ulysse Nardin is a manufacturer of Swiss watches and movements. Once a subsidiary of Kering Group, the company has been bought out and is now owned and operated by its top management, headed by CEO Patrick Pruniaux. Ulysse Nardin continues to be at the forefront of watch design innovation and watch movement development, including mastering the production of silicon watch movement parts.
The Ulysse Nardin logo is an anchor, hinting at the watchmaker’s exemplary track record in the production of marine chronometers – accurate clocks installed on ships in the 1800s as an essential tool for navigation on the open sea. The brand has won 4,324 certificates, 2,411 special prizes, and 18 gold medals at International Exhibitions, making it one of the most successful producers of accurate Swiss watches.
Its best-known watch collections are the Marine, Diver, and Blast – formerly known as Executive. The brand is also widely acclaimed for its Ulysse Nardin Freak watch, a timepiece that completely changed the way high-end Swiss watches can look and tell time. The Freak collection debuted in 2001 and is still made today. Likewise, its Moonstruck, perpetual calendar, and other astronomical watches, developed with Ludwig Oechslin, have ranked Ulysse Nardin among the top producers of luxury watches after the quartz crisis. The brand supports sustainability initiatives through its association with The Ocean Race, Fil&Fab, the Responsible Jewelry Council (RIC), the Kimberley Process, and the World Diamond Council System of Warranties.
For watch enthusiasts, the most popular Ulysse Nardin products tend to fall within the Marine, Classico, and Freak lines.