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21 June, 2021
Ulysse Nardin opened his watchmaking workshop in 1846 and the company has operated out of the same building in Le Locle since 1865. The company was acquired by businessman Rolf Schnyder in 1983, who together with watchmaker Ludwig Oechslin, relaunched the brand.
The company was acquired by the Kering Group in 2014 and is managed today by CEO Patrick Pruniaux, who has taken the brand into new territory with bolder designs and exciting mechanics. Key pieces include the Freak, the Marine, the Diver, the Executive, and the Classico.
Five interesting facts about Ulysse Nardin
At one point during the mid-1800s, Ulysse Nardin was supplying marine chronometers to 20% of the world’s navies.
The brand’s iconic Freak was actually a code name for the collection during production. When it was time to unveil the timepiece, no one could think of a better name, so it remained the Freak.
Ulysse Nardin is represented in over 102 countries across the world and in some quite unusual places thanks to Rolf Schnyder’s love for travel and adventure.
Ulysse Nardin has a strong following in Russia thanks to its historical presence in the country.
Famous people spotted wearing Ulysse Nardin include Randy Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Larry King, among others.
Brand ID Card
Established: 1846 Company status: Public limited company of the Kering Group Senior Management: Patrick Pruniaux, CEO Number of employees: Around 450 Flagship collections:
– Classico Bestsellers:
– Marine Torpilleur
– Freak X Retail prices in USD: From USD 5,800 to 96,000 (excluding exceptional pieces and limited editions) Annual production: Around 15,000 pieces