Ulysse Nardin Lady Diver Starry Night

Ulysse Nardin deserve commendation for creating a diver’s watch for women that is not just a scaled-down version of a men’s diver. It is a curious concept, because though it presents certain features typical of a diver’s watch – principally the unidirectional rotating bezel and screw-down crown – they don’t seem to have any real…

Ulysse Nardin Gold Highlights Marine Diver

This is a watch with a lot of history behind it. The watch in something like its present configuration was launched by Ulysse Nardin in about 2000 and has since been made in many different models, but its origin runs right back to its 19th-century deck chronometers. In the photo below (from the book Ulysse…

Ulysse Nardin Stranger Vivaldi

Watches can play music in several ways. The most common is the minute repeater, which has up to four gongs, but the music that you can play on four notes is limited to things like the Westminster chimes. This watch by Ulysse Nardin is a modern version of a historic idea, a musical box combined…

Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Oil Pump

Rather like the goat watches released earlier this year, this piece is aimed at a specific market, the oil barons of Russia, the United States and the Middle East. The dial is the inky black of crude oil, and the case and oil pumps are in gold or platinum. Strikes oil… and the hours The…

Ulysse Nardin FreakLab

The Freak was incredible when it was first presented, at Baselworld in 2001, and 14 years later it is still an innovative timepiece. Who knows what Ludwig Oechslin’s original inspiration was, possibly Corum’s baguette movement, but the idea of making the movement become the minute hand, so that it gradually rotates around the dial and…

Ulysse Nardin

Company profile: Ulysse Nardin was born on 22 January 1823 in Le Locle, Switzerland. After an initial training from his father Léonard-Frédéric, he worked as an apprentice under William DuBois. At the age of 23, Ulysse founded his own company in 1846, and his first watches were sold in South America by means of the…

Ulysse Nardin – Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon

The Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon is a remarkable watch incorporating bi-stable blade technology, similar in principle to the Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement L.M. Ulysse Nardin became part of the Kering Group in August 2014 and so it is now in the same family as Girard-Perregaux and Jeanrichard. This piece was preceded by the prototype presented last year,…

Ulysse Nardin Classico Lady Luna

This is the classic women’s watch, 35 mm in diameter, slim and elegant, with an interesting treatment of the moon phase complication, based on the work of Ludwig Oechslin, the horological mind behind so much of Ulysse Nardin’s work since 1983. The moon in its circular window rotates clockwise around the centre of the dial,…

Kering buys Ulysse Nardin

Luxury group Kering have announced that they have acquired Ulysse Nardin. The watch brand will join Girard-Perregaux and Jeanrichard (Sowind), Boucheron and Pomellato, along with luxury brands Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, Sergio Rossi and others. Founded in 1846, Ulysse Nardin was proud of its independence and its status as…

Ulysse Nardin, sailing the oceans of time

Blue Cruiser is the latest version of the Freak, a revolutionary watch introduced by Ulysse Nardin in 2001. Freak is a watch totally different from most, because most of the movement forms the minute hand, revolving around the case, with the balance, which is justifiably defined as a flying carrousel-tourbillon, in full view at the…