Extras October 4, 2002 admin
Part 2: The Ulysse Nardin Component Factory
After visiting the Ulysse Nardin factory in Le Locle, Pierre Gygax, Technical Director and Vice President of Ulysse Nardin Switzerland gave us a tour of the Ulysse Nardin factory in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Here, specialized technicians and toolmakers are working to produce movement parts.
Automatic turning, teeth milling, pivot grinding/polishing of pinions and wheels are all done
with the latest CNC machines in Ulysse Nardin’s factory in La Chaux-de-Fond.
Pinions, wheels, disks for the Ulysse I movements produced at the Ulysse Nardin factory in La Chaux-de-Fonds (above left). Date disks for the Ulysse I models are ready to be printed in various languages (above right).
Milling of a Ulysse I baseplate.
A raw “Ulysse 1” baseplate. Ready to set the jewels.
“Ulysse 1” baseplates are ready for the next production process.
The development of an Ulysse Nardin movement is triggered by innovative ideas with inventive solutions. Despite many beliefs, ‘manufacture’ does not mean that 100% of all components are produced in house. ‘Manufacture’ includes prototyping, tests, corrections, optimization, and trial assembly. Until the final design of a new movement is achieved, components, spare parts, plans and designs go back and forth between the technical office in Le Locle and the component factory in La Chaux-de-Fonds. It is not uncommon that for each part manufactured in house, there are sometimes up to four different external partners who add some operations to it.