Ulysse Nardin is the most striking and influential innovator in recent watch history evidenced by winning the prestigious Chronos Innovation Prize in 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004. Its designs turn the unmoved into watch enthusiasts. The company's history actually stretches back to 1774, when Jean Leonard Nardin set up a small business making stoves. His grandson, Ulysse Nardin set up a watch company in 1846 and quickly gained international recognition. Throughout its history, it has cultivated a reputation as a specialist in marine chronometers.