Ulysse Nardin SA is a luxury Swiss watch manufacturer founded in 1846 in Le Locle, Switzerland. The brand is best known for manufacturing highly accurate marine chronometers. Ulysse Nardin was born in 1823 in Le Locle, Switzerland. In 1846, at the age of 23, he founded his own company in Le Locle where its headquarters are still located.
His company became one of the first to manufacture marine chronometers and high-precision seafaring instruments for commercial ships and navies throughout the world. Ulysse Nardin introduced the Freak wristwatches in 2001.The model contains a revolutionary 7-day carrousel-tourbillon, and has no dial, crown or hands. The movement contains silicon escapement components, and would rotate on itself to indicate time. The watch model was named "Watch of the Year" in innovation category in 2002. The current Freak model includes two series: Freak Out and Freak Vision.
The Trilogy of Time collection incorporated three different astronomical pieces starting in 1985 with the release of the Astrolabium Galileo Galilei. Named after Italian astronomer The Astrolabium displays local and solar time, the orbits and eclipses of the sun and the moon and the positions of several major stars. It was named by the Guinness Book of Records in 1989 as the world's most-functional watch.
After Astrolabium two other astronomical watches were released: in 1988 the Planetarium Copernicus and in 1992 the Tellurium Johannes Kepler model.