Ulysse Nardin histoire

Ulysse Nardin is the pioneering Manufacture inspired by the sea and delivering innovative timepieces to free spirits. 


Founded by Mr. Ulysse Nardin in 1846, Ulysse Nardin has written some of the finest chapters in the history of Haute Horlogerie. The Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin is an authority in nautical timekeeping precision, a standard-bearer to which all others are compared. Ever since its founding in 1846 and thanks to the ambitious and innovative family members leading the way, Ulysse Nardin’s history has always been synonymous that of precision timekeeping. In the over 150 years during which timepieces have evolved from heavy clocks to pocket watches to today’s wristwatches, Ulysse Nardin has been at the forefront of each revolutionary stage in timekeeping evolution. The company’s earliest renown came from its links to the nautical world: its marine chronometers are among the most reliable ever made, still sought by collectors around the world.


A pioneer of cutting-edge technologies and the innovative use of materials like silicium, the brand is one of the few with the in-house expertise to produce its own high-precision components and movements. This exceptional level of watchmaking excellence has earned Ulysse Nardin membership in the most exclusive circle of Swiss watchmaking, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie. Today, from its sites in Le Locle and La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland, the brand’s continuing quest for horological perfection centers around five collections: The Marine, the Diver, the Classico, the Executive and the Freak.