History

ceo Patrik Hoffmann

ceo Patrik Hoffmann

Founded in 1846, Ulysse Nardin was named after its founder, Ulysse Nardin, an accomplished watchmaker. Nardin first trained in horology under his father, Leonard-Frederic Nardin, and perfected his skills under the tutelage of Frederic William Dubois and Louis JeanRichard-dit-Bressel, two master watchmakers whose fame extended beyond the mountains of Neuchatel, Switzerland. In its over 165 years of history, Ulysse Nardin had been widely respected as a specialist in marine chronometers. Among the most reliable and accurate ever made, Ulysse Nardin’s marine chronometers have seen service with the navies of some 50 countries during the mid-1800s. It’s consistent excellence has also been recognized by the award of 18 international gold medals and 4,300 first prizes in chronometrics.

Innovation and Science

In 1983, the company was acquired by businessman Rolf Schnyder who, in conjunction with watchmaker Prof. Ludwig Oechslin, relaunched the brand. Schnyder and Oechslin, going against the mainstream current of Swiss watchmaking would combine both science and innovation to give flight to a new pursuit: to produce ground breaking complication timepieces using modern materials and manufacturing techniques. Today, Ulysse Nardin continues these traditions to develop and produce specialized timepieces of the highest technical level in limited quantity. Under the direction of Chai Schnyder, president of the Board of Directors, and CEO Patrik P. Hoffmann, the company continues in its innovative spirit after the passing of its late president, Mr. Rolf Schnyder in April 2011.