About Ulysse Nardins
Ulysse Nardin founded his eponymous watch manufacturing company in 1846, aged just 23 years old. Operating out of their headquarters in the Swiss town of Le Locle from 1865 right up to the present day, the company has established a reputation for sophisticated and highly reliable marine chronometry. In fact, for a while, Ulysse Nardin was the official supplier of such instruments to the navies of fifty different countries.
Since its acquisition by businessman Rolf Schnyder in 1983, the company has had something of a renaissance, continuing to produce specialist timepieces that honour their seafaring past while at the same time pushing forward with modern innovations and materials. Styles come in mass market, limited and rare collectable editions, ranging widely in design, features and cost.
A typical ?low? end Marine Chronometer has a stainless steel casing, rubber strap and is waterproof up to depths of around 200 metres, while the high end watches incorporate more luxurious materials and sophisticated features.
The Kremlin Set, for instance, a special collectable series featuring an image of the Moscow Kremlin on the face, is of a platinum and sapphire build with gold hands and a crocodile leather strap. It even comes packaged in a Faberge Egg studded with white gold and diamonds.
The company also produces a line of womens' watches in the luxurious Caprice style. These range from stainless steel and mother of pearl editions to 18kt brushed white gold with diamond studded dials. Special editions feature gem encrusted images of animals, such as pandas or tigers.