Visit by Ulysee Nardin's Brain Trust  0 Comments


In early July, the Ulysee Nardin CEO Mr Patrik Hoffman and Mr Ludwig Oeschlin visited Singapore to meet up with their authorised sole agents and a handful of collector friends. This was the first visit by two senior staff of the UN management team post the recent and sad passing of the much respected Mr Rolf Schnyder.

While Mr Oeschlin is not formally a staff member of UN, he remains an influential figure to the brand and retained as a consultant. He was the designer of the famed FREAK and continues to be involved in the development of that watch. He is currently the Conservatuer of the Musee International D'Horologerie (MIH) or the International Museum of Horology in Switzerland. Mr Patrik Hoffman was appointment was not sudden as Rolf's team had been looking for a replacement CEO for some time and Hoffman had been with UN since 1999.

At this visit to Singapore, Patrik brought along a number of new exciting pieces to show the authorised dealer as well as collectors. Of these new pieces, this mock up had the most attention.

Ludwig was very kind to agree to model this timepiece on his wrist for me.

The visit was an opportunity for collectors to listen to the history and the future direction of UN and for serious horologists - Ludwig gave a short lecture on how he designed a mechanical calendar - a complex mathematical process. Clearly the leadership transition had been executed without much difficulty and collectors will continue to be excited about the research and development direction of its new complications in the near future.

- HT



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