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Ulysse Nardin SA is a Swiss luxury watchmaking company founded in 1846 in Le Locle, Switzerland. The company became known in the nautical world for manufacturing highly accurate marine chronometers and complicated timepieces used by over fifty of the world’s navies from the end of the 19th century till 1950.
Despite these impressive achievements, in the 1980s, the fortunes of Ulysse Nardin were threatened by the unexpectedly swift rise of quartz watches, known in Swiss watchmaking as the Quartz Crisis. But when Rolf W. Schnyder purchased the company in 1983, this setback transformed into a remarkable success: Ulysse Nardin would come to engineer its own renaissance, becoming revered once again for its revolutionary developments in Haute Horlogerie.
Since then, Ulysse Nardin has continued to introduce iconic timepieces full of wonderful ingenuity and extraordinary technical achievement. Part of this achievement comes from the company’s determination to master every aspect of the craft in-house. This spirit of independence is behind the acquisition of master enamellers Donzé Cadrans, and control over production of high-tech materials like DIAMonSIL,as well as the many movements fully created and produced in-house. In 2014, Ulysse Nardin found a new ally when it joined Kering’s Luxury Watches and Jewellery division. Kering wholly supports Ulysse Nardin’s course of bold innovation and independence.