Awestruck by the Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck
Written by: Scott Greenman
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Take a look at these Ulysse Nardine Masterpieces.
Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck Rose Gold #1062-113
Ulysse Nardin Platinum Moonstruck Watch #1069-113
The first time I saw these watches they took my breath away and I have seen a lot of high end watches (Breguet, Patek Philippe, Varcheron Constantin, etc.). Then I started to read about the movement and the history behind the watch and it motivated me to write this entry.
Ludwig Oechslin, the creator of these watches, has been in the watch industry all of his adult life.
In the year 1972 at the age of 20 Ludwig began his studies in history, philosophy, archaeology, ancient history, Greek and Latin. By 1976 he had graduated from the University of Basel and was urged to seek a profession that he could use his hands both practically and creatively.
Later that year Ludwig found his calling with a well-know watchmaker named Jorg Sporing. He became more and more interested in the inner workings of clocks and wristwatches. Soon, he was working on astronomical clocks more than 250 years old with unequalled complexity.
Prague’s Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock
In 1983 he received his doctorate from the University of Bern in theoretical physics and was discovered by Rolf Schnyder, Owner of Ulysse Nardin. Rolf saw limitless potential in Ludwig and asked him if it was possible to build an astrolabe as small as a wristwatch. Ludwig replied “Who would be interested in buying that?”
Rolf Schnyder, Owner of Ulysse Nardin
Over the next twelve years of his life Oechslin became internationally recognized as an expert on astronomical timepieces from the 16th to 18th century and traveled throughout Europe. Also during this time he created the now famous “Trilogy of Time” series which were featured in the Guinness Book of Records under mechanical marvels.
Ulysse Nardin Trilogy of Time Watches
In 1984 he received his watchmakers diploma and became a master watchmaker in 1993 (although he was recognized as a master far earlier in his life). In 2001 Ludwig was named the curator-director of the International Watch Museum, the most complete and renown horological collection in the world. Even after receiving such a prestigious position Ludwig ideas helped produce the Ulysse Nardin Freak 7-day carrousel tourbillon and the Sonata alarm GMT watch.
Ulysse Nardin Freak Blue Phantom #020-81
Finally in 2009 Ludwig led us to the stars again with the Moonstruck which shows the relationship the earth has between the moon and the sun. Instead of the earth rotating, the sun and moon move around the earth to simulate the rotation of the globe. Probably the most substantial part of this movement is the accuracy that was attained by splitting the rotation on the moonphase plate between two discs. That allows the moon phase indicator to be accurate for more than 100,000 years. Couple that with a GMT indicator and years of experience that Ludwig and Ulysse Nardin have you can’t go wrong.
You may also be interested in the following article on Ulysse Nardin http://www.thewatchreviewsite.co.uk/ochs-und-junior-teams-up-with-ulysse-nardin/