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ULYSSE NARDIN is a watch manufacturer founded in 1846 in Le Locle, Switzerland, where its headquarters remain. Historically, the company was best known for being a manufacturer of marine chronometers, but today it produces complicated mechanical watches. Founder, watchmaker Ulysse Nardin, was an accomplished watchmaker who studied horology under his father, Leonard-Frederic Nardin; Frederic William Dubois; and Louis Jean Richard-dit-Bressel in Switzerland. Before the advent of quartz timepieces, merchant and military ships relied on highly accurate mechanical timepieces known as marine chronometers. The best known of these was the company's M,GR.F model. Of the 4,504 certificates for marine chronometers issued, 4,324 were issued to the company (Lucien F Trueb, Watchtime).

In 1983, the company was acquired by businessman Rolf Schnyder who, in conjunction with watchmaker Ludwig Oechslin, relaunched the brand with other investors. Schnyder, Oechslin and the company's staff design and create complication timepieces using modern materials and manufacturing techniques. The first example of the company's new approach was the Astrolabium Galileo Galilei (1985; named after the device Astrolabium, and the astronomer Galileo). 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 (with 21 distinct functions). Oechslin followed the Astrolabium with two other astronomical watches, the Planetarium Copernicus (1988; named after the stargazing theaters called planetariums and the astronomer Copernicus) and the Tellurium Johannes Kepler (1992; named after the element tellurium, and astronomer Johannes Kepler). The three pieces constitute what the brand calls the Trilogy of Time. The company also revived the use of enameling in watchmaking, with a series of watches featuring enameled and cloisonné faces.

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  • U-BOAT - since 2000. "A watch brand, based in Italy, producing from almost 20 years handcrafted and limited edition pieces, all of them designed by Italo Fontana. Unique and tailormade watches, all guaranteed by finest Italian craftsmanship."
  • UHR-KRAFT - since 1999. "Time to be different." Based at the beautiful river Ruhr in Essen, where our flagshipstore is also located, the luxury watches are being handcrafted by our experienced master watchmaker. Therefore, every watch is a unique piece of highest precision.
  • Ulysse-Nardin Marine Collection.
  • ULYSSE-NARDIN - since 1846. "Manufacture of freedom." With its spirit of determination and audacity, Ulysse Nardin has written some of the finest chapters in the history of Haute Horlogerie by creating every opportunity brought by existence, by exploring and pushing further and further the boundaries of the watchmakers’ imaginations and by keeping in mind that exploring is to stop at nothing until to reach a heightened sense of comprehension.
  • Ulysse Nardin - Wikipedia.
  • The New Ulysse Nardin Freak S - "Proving That The Freak Concept Is As Brilliant And Relevant As Ever. A technological statement that propels us into space and beyond."
    • All watches - "Since 1846, the Ulysse Nardin Manufacture has been disrupting watchmaking with timepieces inspired by the sea. The most accurate chronometers in the world, tested by navies, explorers and freedom lovers. Pioneering the use of Silicium, Ulysse Nardin is a permanent innovator."
    • Blast - "Just audacity."
    • CLASSICO - "Spirit of Manufacture."
    • Diver - "Essence of exploration." Developed and tested in extreme conditions by daring explorers for the best ergonomic design, water-resistance and reliability.
    • Ulysse-Nardin Freak S 45mm.
    • Freak - "Laboratory on the wrist." Cutting-edge mechanical expertise and disruptive design.
    • Haute Horlogerie Highlights - "Some become known for a particular innovation or breakthrough in their industry. Others gain inimitable and eternal international recognition for their unrelenting and uncompromising ability to change perceptions and reinvent the rules of their industry time and time again."
    • MARINE COLLECTION - "Ocean at large." Icon of the sea, born as the most precise navigation instrument and endorsed by 55 navies in the world.
    • New watches
  • Uniform Wares - "Swiss Made." All models.
  • Union Glashütte Averin.
  • UNION GLASHÜTTE/ SA. - since 1893. "The Union Glashütte brand has been dedicated to fine watchmaking since it was founded more than 128 years ago. Its roots lie in the traditional centre of the German art of watchmaking, the small town of Glashütte in the Eastern Ore Mountains. This idyllic little town of 7500 or so inhabitants employs roughly 1700 people in the watchmaking industry."
    • AVERIN - "These expressive timepieces exude style, poise and aplomb. The Averin product line strikes a chord with practically everyone, thanks to its angular shape that stands out from the crowd, in a design that blends painstakingly executed details, a slightly-retro look, and totally cutting-edge workings. The gently curved lines of the pillow-shaped case fit very comfortably against the wrist, in a design that can be worn with pride day in, day out."
    • BELISAR - "The versatile models in the Belisar collection appeal to any individualist with an active lifestyle. Whether strikingly dynamic, classically elegant or a retro character – these timepieces are sporty, through and through; their sophisticated functions are sure to capture the attention of any mechanically-minded fans. The flanks, which are typically screw-down, are not only truly eye-catching but also offer plenty of room for unusual combinations of materials."
    • NORAMIS - "The Noramis collection combines the timelessly classic elegance of the 50s and 60s with modern-day design and technology. Behind the nostalgic exterior lies an extremely powerful contemporary automatic movement, with expertly-finished mechanics and fascinating complications, sure to quicken the pulse of any timepiece enthusiast, anywhere in the world. Exquisite features, such as a curved glass and domed dials in selected shades of colour, such as British Racing Green with a fine metallic effect, as well as exquisite bracelets lend these timepieces their irresistible charm."
  • Universal Genève Okeanos Compax.
  • UNIVERSAL GENÈVE - since 1894.
  • UNIVERSE WATCH (HK) CO. - "The Persuit of Perfection." Professional watch manufacturer and exporter, the company owns a first class group of technicians, designers and staff, which produces more than 800 thousand watches per year, including 500 different style samples and thousands of different style design drawings for customers reference.
  • University of Oxford men's Swiss watch: £120.
  • University of Oxford - men's Swiss watch.
  • Urban Jürgensen Chronometer Detent Escapement UJS-P8.
  • URBAN JÜRGENSEN - since 1773.
  • UR-105 T-Rex.
  • URWERK - Swiss watchmakers since 1997. "The future of fine watchmaking." URWERK perpetuates the intentions of fine watchmaking pioneers by crafting Haute Horlogerie time machines with the spirit and culture of our times. All models.
    • UR-105TA.
    • UR-105TA - ‘Turbine Automatic’ Watches In Fancy Colors.
    • UR-110 RG.
    • UR-110 RG - "The beauty of the UR-110 is in its apparent simplicity. We imagined time as a 'silent journey'. There are things happening on the dial that are not obvious at first glance. Everything looks normal; however, they are everything but."
    • UR-CC1.
    • UR-CC1 - "The UR-CC1 is a timeless creation and the fruit of multiple inspirations: the talented and avant-garde watchmaker Louis Cottier (1894-1966); a reflexion on the myriad dimensions of time; and even fond reminiscences of the linear instrument panels found on some old American cars."
  • U.S. National Debt Clock.
  • U.S. NATIONAL DEBT CLOCK - since 1989. Billboard-sized running total display that shows the United States gross national debt and each American family's share of the debt. It is currently installed on the western side of One Bryant Park, west of Sixth Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Streets in Manhattan, New York City. It was the first debt clock installed anywhere.
  • US NAVY SEAL WATCHES - "We provide Elite equipment tested and made for the Seals, located in North America, since 1984."
  • UTINAM - since 1993. French watch company.
  • UTS WATCHES - since 1999. German made watches. "Famous for our Deep Diving Watches."
  • UZI - "Swiss Tritium Watches." UZI Tritium Watches are built with the reliability of UZI. UZI Tritium watches are stylish, tough, energy-efficient and reliable!
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