In­no­va­tion of time

One of the finest Swiss lux­ury watch brands has cre­ated a fit­ting trib­ute to the adopted coun­try of its late pres­i­dent.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TRENDS - By CHIN MUI YOON star2@thes­tar.com.my

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-

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