The timepieces from Ulysse Nardin are definitely works of art, with exceptional qualities in their own right!
After all, this technologically advanced Swiss maker of luxury timepieces has, over the years, made a name for itself through its huge catalogue of award-winning marine chronometers and also with a slew of innovative mechanical watches.
Founded in 1846 in the municipality of Le Locle, in Switzerland’s Jura Mountains, Ulysse Nardin was thus once mainly considered a tradition-bound maker of nautical-inspired wristwatches.
But the brand was reinvigorated partly through the sale of themed watches from the mid-19th century, and once again in 2001 when the brand introduced the Freak – a groundbreaking watch with an orbital movement that laid the groundwork for the unconventional watch designs that are now almost commonplace in the watch industry.
Previously owned by French luxury group Kering until 2022, Ulysse Nardin was subsequently purchased outright by its own management and now, the company has proudly announced its arrival as a truly independent horological brand.
Recently in Malaysia as the honoured guest of Ulysse Nardin’s exclusive Malaysian retailer The Hour Glass, the watch brand’s chief product officer Jean-Christophe Sabatier was certainly keen to talk about the sense of freedom surrounding the brand.
“Actually, if you look at our history, we’ve always been independent. Sure, the past seven years saw us as part of a large, family-owned luxury group, but Ulysse Nardin has always kept the same kind of entrepreneurial culture and mindset intact,” he declares with pride.
He goes on to say that the brand now has over 350 people on its payroll – from watchmakers