Innovation of time
One of the finest Swiss luxury watch brands has created a fitting tribute to the adopted country of its late president.
FOR a Swiss watchmaker who spent much of his time in Malaysia with his wife and children, it was only fitting that an exclusive, limited edition watch was specially created for his “adopted” country.
The Ulysse Nardin 1Malaysia timepiece commemorates Malaysia’s unique ethnic harmony. The special edition is limited to just 25 pieces in rose gold ceramic bezel and 75 in stainless steel each bearing the 1Malaysia emblem in the dial.
The 1Malaysia timepiece is currently being showcased at the Swiss Watch Gallery’s Timepieces – Today, Tomorrow and Forever exhibition until Oct 9 at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur to celebrate its 10th anniversary.
“Ulysse Nardin has undertaken highly exclusive limited edition watches in various countries before. The 1Malaysia watch is very special as our late president, Datuk Rolf Schnyder, had conceptualised numerous award-winning mechanical masterpieces from his home base in Kuala Lumpur,” explains Francois Pici, Ulysse Nardin Asia Pacific area manager.
Ulysse Nardin’s logo of an anchor is a reminder of its heritage as the world’s best source for mechanical marine chronometers dating back to 1903. Then, merchant vessels and battleships around the world had depended on the legendary M.Gr.F. model to enable their navigators to determine their precise locations at sea in the days prior to satellites and GPS.
When Schnyder acquired the company in 1983, Ulysse Nardin had become an ailing business. Today, Ulysse Nardin is renowned for its extraordinary concepts and innovations.
Schynder chanced upon a wall clock astrolabe which the watchmaker apprentice Ludwig Oechslin had made and asked him to reduce the astrolabe to a wristwatch. The Astrolabium Galileo Galilei was born under Oechslin’s Trilogy of Time series, eventually securing an entry into the Guinness Book of World Records. Thus began Ulysse Nardin’s ingenuity and originality in crafting fine watches.
The astrolabium was the first of a thrilling trio of astronomical wristwatches. It was followed by the Planetarium Copernicus, which combines the ancient notion of a geocentric universe with a more recent Copernican heliocentric concept whereby its dials feature the sun, moon and five planets. The Tellurium Johannes Kepler depicting the earth in polar project completes the trio, also with mesmerising movements in high complications.
“Ulysse Nardin’s reputation for stellar arti-