Ulysse Nardin was founded in 1846 by a young watchmaker by the same name, who foresaw growing demand for marine and pocket chronometers. Convinced of his ability to meet this demand, he set up his eponymous atelier. Deck and pocket watches by Ulysse Nardin would soon be considered the standard in marine timekeeping, famed for their accuracy, sturdiness and efficiency, and within 30 years after its conception, over 50 navies and shipping companies had been supplied. By 1975 Ulysse Nardin had amassed no less than 4,300 watchmaking awards. The rapid rise of quartz watches in the early eighties proved to be a big threat to Ulysse Nardin, prompting a sale to the late Rolf W. Schnyder in 1983. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The visionary Schnyder put the brand back on track, focusing on both its maritime history as well as proper haute horlogerie – the latter with the aided by watchmaking genius Ludwig Oechslin. A few of the brand’s most acclaimed models are the Astrolabium Galileo Galilei (1985), the Planetarium Copernicus (1988), the Tellurium Johannes Kepler (1992), the Perpetual Ludwig (1996) and the Freak (2001).