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Ulysse Nardin

‘The Art of Time in a Timeless Masterpiece’

The Monaco Yacht Show 2017 (MYS) arrives again. As I sit in my studio overlooking Monte Carlo all I can see is tenders whisking back and too and yachts, big yachts gliding past. The weather is always fantastic for the Yacht Show. It is inspiring to see so many beautiful boats not just sitting at sea but in the port as well. It is fascinating how many different fields of business come together for the MYS. But, owning a boat is an extension of owing a house. So all the usual bits and pieces are required some admittedly have more requirements than normal like helicopters, engines and staff. 

However, one essential part of sailing is navigation, it is a floating house but it has to rely on accuracy and the changing time. Sailing is not a joke and the sea is dangerous, it demands respect. I think Ulysse Nardin who was very young when he first realised his calling as a watch maker recognised this and the essence of his appreciation for nature still comes through not just in the designs and the beautiful artwork but the technology of the timepieces. 

It is interesting that our article on St David Superyacht we interview Captain Jean -Marc Bitouzet as he discusses the mystery behind the yacht and the first owners search for the treasure of Genghis Khan. Another of my favourite Ulysse Nardin watch is their Genghis Khan.  This unique watch is embellished with diamonds, water resistance up to 30 meters and is available in four different versions.

I am not an expert of watches but Nardin’s watches have always caught my eye. The designs frequently relate to the changing seasons, the sun and moon. And the Trilogy set are striking with the colourful charting maps and route lines. Time is a man made idea yet without it we could not have advanced and we could not have sailed, explored and expanded as we have. Ulysse Nardin is the perfect sponsor for the MYS and the evidence of their support can be seen each year as the MYS expands, providing new opportunities for a myriad of businesses. 

Read more from their press release here: 

Precision through Ingenuity: A Tale of Timekeeping Evolution for 170 Years. 

Technology is driving the world at unfathomable speed. For watchmaking manufacture Ulysse Nardin, it has cap- tained its course for almost two centuries. Calculating the waning and waxing of the moon to harness time and tides with exactitude, Ulysse Nardin changed how the world told time. Innovation upon innovation, it steers the craft into the future, marrying the age-old art of Haute Horlogerie with transformative technology, astounding with breakthrough performance and original design. 

Founded in 1846 by 23-year-old Ulysse Nardin, the brand that bears his name carries on his entrepreneurial spi- rit, always thinking about the next great development. Trained as a complicated watch specialist, Ulysse Nardin had his sights set on a sparkling horizon. He started his business in his birthplace of Le Locle, Switzerland, situa- ted in the Swiss Jura, home to the specialized watchmaking industry. 

Young Ulysse Nardin noted the rising demand for marine and pocket chronometers, equipping navies and inter- national shipping companies with marine deck chronometers in the 1870s. These early timekeeping innovations were prized for their accuracy, improving efficiency of trade, contributing to modern society and charting the course for the manufacture’s future. 

There was no stopping the development of the Ulysse Nardin name. Originating from skill and strategy; fostered by an in-depth horological ecosystem; driven by a continuous stream of innovative ideas; and run by a culture with a progressive mindset, Ulysse Nardin embodies a legacy and future filled with resilience, change, and pio- neering style paired with science. 

Over the decades, Ulysse Nardin secured 4,300-plus watchmaking awards, 18 of which are gold medals. How- ever, in 1983 things became even more interesting. Rolf W. Schnyder took over the company and joined forces with Dr. Ludwig Oechslin; together they formed a collaboration that has been crowned with monumental achieve- ments. 

Some of their most notable accomplishments include the introduction of iconic timepieces like the 1996 Perpetual Calendar, whose calendar can be set forward and backward with ease, part of the Classic Collection. Or the 2001 arrival of the Freak, which tells time by its movement, not by its hands. The Freak set the stage for Ulysse Nar- din’s development of exciting, novel mechanisms. In the Marine collection, the seafaring past of Ulysse Nardin is revealed: the legend lives on. 

Other cutting-edge advances comprise Ulysse Nardin being the first watchmaker to incorporate the use of silicium technology, and the development of groundbreaking movements such as the Dual Ulysse escapement, Ulysse Anchor and the UlyChoc shock absorber. 

Ulysse Nardin pursues its innovative course with its three fundamentals as a guiding constellation. Firstly, ever more independence of spirit, continue to develop and manufacture an increasing number of components, move- ments and timepieces in-house. Secondly, while it already holds a great number of patents in mechanical watch- making, the company continues too in its quest for technical avant-garde, pushing back the limits of design, engi- neering and technology. And finally, the watchmaker upholds its heritage of craft, celebrating the savoir-faire of the centuries through its métiers d’art – enameling, miniature painting – and through the enduring skill of its ta- lented watchmakers. 

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