Ulysse Nardin watch: customer reviews
In 1846, a dedicated young watchmaker from Le Locle (Switzerland) founded a watch company. He called her by the then existing tradition his own name - Ulysse Nardin (Ulysses Nardan). As the main direction in the work, he chose the manufacture of marine chronometers.
At the time of the sailboats, the position of the ship was determined with the help of a sextant and a clock. The deviation of their accuracy by only one second led to a deviation in the location of the ship by 463 meters. Therefore, the clock was assigned a great responsibility.
Marine deck chronometers, which produced Ulysse Nardin, for many years of wandering through the seas and oceans proved themselves as accurate and reliable navigation devices. They used navigational services of 50 fleets around the world.
Born Ulysses Nardan January 22, 1922 in the family of a talented watchmaker. It was his father who studied horology. His teachers were also experienced masters of that time. One of them, Dubois, created astronomical clocks and marine navigation chronometers. It is not surprising, therefore, that his pupil chose the production of such devices for his own life. Therefore, the emblem of the company displays a stylized image of the anchor.
In 1846 the first hours of Ulysse Nardin were assembled. Until the second half of the 20th century, the manufactory produced high-precision marine chronometers, without which it was impossible to determine the exact location of the sea vessel.
On the authority of the company says such statistics. For its more than a century of history, Ulysse Nardin received in the confirmation of the accuracy of its chronometers 4324 certificates. And only 4504 such certificates have ever been issued.
In the 1970s, the company ran into problems that the so-called quartz revolution gave birth to for Swiss watchmakers. Already in the 1980s, Ulysse Nardin was on the verge of collapse.
In 1983, the revival of the former glory of the legendary manufactory began. The company passed under the management of Rolf Schneider - a connoisseur of high watchmaking and a successful businessman. With the help of the talented master Ludwig Ochslin, he was able to revive the company in a short time.
Already in 1985, a unique astronomical clock Astrolabium Galileo Galilei was presented to the judges of true connoisseurs. Within 7 years, two more models were created. Together they are a collection of Trilogy of Time. In translation - "Trilogy of Time". The mechanisms of the models are created by modifying and complicating the ETA calibers.
In 2006, the company again rightfully became the owner of the status of manufactory, resuming the production of calibers of its own production. This was a very important step. Despite the interest shown to it by large watch holdings, the old manufactory remains in the ranks of independent producers. This allows Ulysse Nardin not to follow the traditions, but to create them.
Ulysse Nardin watches are characterized by a large number of models with numerous complications: a certified chronometer, a chronograph, a Dual Time (the second time zone), a signaling device, a perpetual calendar and others. All the mechanisms are self-winding. High-quality materials are used for the production of parts: for cases - stainless steel, titanium, ceramics, 18-carat white and rose gold; for belts - alligator skin, rubber.
In the manufacture of dials of certified chronometers, enamel is used. The masters managed to revive the unique technology, which at one time was considered lost. Amazing beauty dials depicting flying on the waves of sailing ships or fairy dragons from the Classico Enamel series are made using cloisonne enamel techniques.
Women's watches Ulysse Nardin are encrusted with diamonds, and mother of pearl is used to make the dials. The combination of watch and jewelry art allows you to create masterpieces that become family relics.
No one will be indifferent to the Stranger model, in which an incomprehensible image for an inexperienced person combines high watchmaking and musical art. The masters managed to create a masterpiece. At a certain hour or at the request of the owner, the watch performs an excerpt from the cultic melody Strangers in the Night. And the work of the musical mechanism can be observed directly under the glass.
Ulysse Nardin watches are combined into several collections: Marine, Functional, Exceptional and Classical.
Marine collection - the symbol of the brand
The emblem of Ulysse Nardin is a stylized image of the anchor. Like any other watch manufacture with a name, the company has in its composition a collection that embodies the history of the brand, its traditions and trends. For Ulysse Nardin, this line is the Marine Collection. It combines the elements of the sea, the spirit of innovation and the traditions of the past. The wrists of many men and their uncommon girlfriends are adorned with watches of Ulysse Nardin Marine. Reviews of their owners about the models from this collection are unanimous: "High-precision, reliable and recognizable."
A variety of color solutions, applied materials and variants of complications and additional functions allows satisfying the most demanding taste.
The collection consists of several lines. For example, the watch Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer - a series of certified chronometers in cases of steel, gold and titanium. The power reserve indicator, the lateral second hand - all laconically and strictly. Marine Diver - self-winding watch for diving. Shells - stainless steel, gold, titanium. Rotating bezel. Of the additional functions - chronograph, power reserve indicator, calendar of the month. The female part of the collection (Lady Diver) is encrusted with diamonds.
One of the tried and tested ways of buying an original watch is to use the services of an official dealer of the manufacturer.
To make sure that the Ulysse Nardin watches you bought are original rather than skilful imitation of the unique product of the legendary brand, the company offers its customers to use the authentication system.
Each product of a well-known manufactory is accompanied, among other documents, with a guarantee card that confirms the manufacturer's obligations. This card has a high degree of security. It is unique and has a special code Bubble Tag ™. To verify the authenticity of the watch, go to the Ulysse Nardin website, Authentication section, and enter the serial number of the card in the window that looks like 1UN00AAAAxxxxx.
How to distinguish a fake
Despite the relatively high level of performance of replicas (the so-called high-quality copies), there are a number of signs on which it is possible to recognize imitation.
1. Low price. It is better to know in advance how much the Ulysse Nardin watch looks like. For example, Marine models cost from 5,499 to 18,331 Euros.
2. The company produces only mechanical watches Ulysse Nardin with automatic winding. Therefore quartz or watches without automatic winding under this brand - a copy.
3. Quality of finishing the details of the watch. They are characterized by factory accuracy and accuracy. No burrs, serifs, tiny specks and grains on the details and surfaces of the dial and arrows should not be. Each element and product as a whole must have a complete, impeccable appearance.
4. The arrangement of the overlaid signs, numbers and inscriptions on the dial must be symmetrical. The inscriptions must correspond to the model. So, certified chronometers with manufactory mechanisms instead of marking "swiss made" have the inscription "le locle suisse". Only Ulysse Nardin watches have such a marking. Copies may be marked as "Made in Switzerland".
5. The crown. On the original watch the crown is decorated with the logo of the manufactory.
6. Second hand stroke. In copies, she usually jumps. The original is characterized by a smooth turn of the second hand.
7. Inlays. The original watch is decorated with diamonds of very high quality cut and clean. The stones are carefully selected according to the diameter, so their landing is at the same level.
8. The serial numbers of the mechanisms look very neat due to the same depth of typing. This is achieved by the high quality of dies having a curved surface.
9. Packing. For its production high-quality materials are used - natural wood, morocco. All inscriptions are made with gold embossing.