MADE CIRCA: 1970
MATERIAL: 18ct Yellow Gold
MOVEMENT: Manual Mechanical
CASE DIAMETER: 30mm
Founding his company in 1846, Ulysse Nardin first trained in horology under his father, Leonard-Frederic Nardin, and perfected his skills under the tutelage of Frederic William Dubois and Louis Jean Richard-Dit-Bressel, two master watchmakers whose fame extended beyond the mountains of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
Ulysse Nardin's marine chronometers have seen service with the navies of some 50 countries during the mid-1800s.
In 1985 Ulysse Nardin released The Trilogy of Time, a trio of wristwatches that marked the company's achievements in the advancements of horology. The first timepiece released was the 'Astrolabium Galileo Galilei' designed by master horologist in the field of astronomical clocks, Dr. Ludwig Oechslin. 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 wristwatch (with 21 distinct functions).
Dr. Oechslin then followed the 'Astrolabium' up with two other astronomical wristwatches: in 1988 the 'Planetarium Copernicus' (named after the stargazing theaters called planetariums and of astronomer Copernicus) and in 1992 the 'Tellurium Johannes Kepler' (named after the Latin 'Tellus' meaning Earth, a Tellurian and astronomer Johannes Kepler). The cloisonné dial of the 'Tellurium' takes fifty-four processes, twelve baking operations and more than fifty hours of work by a skilled craftsmen to transform a draft sketch on a small metal disc into a unique work of art - each and every 'Tellurium' is unique.
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