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Ulysse Nardin Watches

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Soon after its 1846 founding, Ulysse Nardin's eponymous watch company became famed for its accurate, complex calibers. The manufacturer produced pocket chronometers and high complications like repeaters. The company also made marine chronometers for commercial ships and navies. At the London International Exhibition in 1862, Ulysse Nardin won the prize medal in the complicated watches and pocket chronometer category. After the death of Ulysse in 1876, his son Paul-David Nardin took over the business. In 1902, the company began supplying marine chronometers to the United States Navy. After experiencing difficulties through the quartz crisis, Rolf Schnyder purchased the company in 1983. Under his leadership, Ulysse Nardin began the production of highly complex astronomical watches. In 1996, the company produced its first marine wrist chronometer, a watch for which the brand is known. Since its conception, Ulysse Nardin earned over 4,300 performance certificates at the Neufch√Ętel Observatory. 2001 saw the introduction of one of the brand's most famous watches: the Freak. This featured an innovative movement which pivoted within the case in the place of a dial and hands. In the 2000s, Ulysse Nardin debuted numerous movements entirely developed in-house. Many of these used silicium for maximized magnetic resistance. In 2014, the Kering Group acquired the company. Today, Ulysse Nardin is still renowned for its highly complicated movements and production of marine chronometers.

Product Line Overview:

Historically, Ulysse Nardin was best known for being a manufacturer of marine chronometers, but today Ulysse Nardin produces numerous fashionable and complicated watches.
'Dual Time collection' represents two major Ulysse Nardin qualities; confident, exotic stylishness in everything concerning the visual appearance (dial composition and decoration, case design, large, legible indexes), and mechanical complication, namely the titular home time display. Ulysse Nardin 'Dual Time' watches come in classic round or rectangular (the 'Quadrato' line) shape.

'Michelangelo' watches - including chronometers and chronographs - feature tonneau shaped cases with a twist: the horizontal sides of the case continue slightly to form scroll-like lugs. This design is enhanced even more by its pairing with oversized Roman and Arabic numerals. Complications include dual time, big date, perpetual calendar ('Perpetual Ludovico' line), and the previously mentioned chronograph. 'Michelangelo', 'Michelangelo Big Date', 'Michelangelo Chronograph', the XL 38x 43mm 'Michelangelo Gigante', 'Michelangelo Gigante UTC', 'Michelangelo UTC'. Ulysse Nardin's 'Michelangelo Gigante', is the largest watch in this collection. Measuring 38 x 43 mm, it is definitely a head turner.

The 'Dual Time' version has the crown set at three o'clock, a date window at two o'clock, and the second time zone at nine o'clock. One adjusts the second time zone with the two pushers on the left side of the case. Both versions have 42 hour power reserve and are water resistant to 50 meters. While all Ulysse Nardin 'Michelangelo Gigante' watches have Roman numeral markers, the 'Gigante' line is avail in several case and dial color combinations.

The smaller 'Michelangelo' measures in at 35.1 x 37.1 mm. This mid-sized version, like the larger 'Michelangelo Gigante', is available in a big date, dual time and chronograph version, but comparably smaller 'Michelangelo' watches are avail with both roman and Arabic hour markers. Should you be seeking a more complicated tonneau cased Ulysse Nardin luxury watch, take a look at the 'Ulysse Nardin Perpetual Ludovico'. Set in the larger case and only avail in 18K white or yellow gold, this perpetual calendar watch allows the tracking of day, date and month.

The most popular and familiar of all Ulysse Nardin watch lines is the 'Ulysse Nardin Marine Collection', among the most reliable ever made; Ulysse Nardin's 'Marine Chronometers' are still sought by collectors around the world. Originally released back in 1846, Ulysse Nardin has kept updating these watches so that they are not just the most reliable chronometers avail, but also as modern and aesthetically pleasing as more recently released marine watches.
Case and point; just last year, Ulysse Nardin unveiled the very modern and ultra-hip 'Monaco 2010 Marine Diver Limited Edition' at the 2010 Monaco Yacht Show. All black, with cobalt blue markers and hands, the watch, their latest 'Marine Diver' watch definitely affirmed that Ulysse Nardin is still indeed the king of the Oceans.

Ulysse Nardin Marine models include 'Maxi Marine Chronometer', 'Marine Chronometer', and 'Maxi Marine Diver', all offering a range of water related functions: luminous hands, water resistance, screw down crowns, and more. 'Marine Annual Chronograph', 'Marine Chronograph', 'Marine Chronometer 1846 Marine Diver Chronometer', 'Marine Perpetual', 'Maxi Marine Chronograph', 'Maxi Marine Chronometer', 'Maxi Marine Diver', 'Maxi Marine Diver 45mm', 'Maxi Marine Diver Chronograph' and the 'Maxi Marine Diver Chronometer'.

Ulysse Nardin has provided some great options for the ladies, and women's watches make up an aggregative collection that adapts existing designs; such as 'Dual Time' and 'Diver' for smaller wrists, embellishing the pieces with luxurious materials (diamonds, mother of pearl, and others). Set with diamond bezel and grey diamond set dial, the 'Ulysse Nardin Dual Time Ladies' in steel has a 37mm displaying, Second