A new Ulysses for the sake of the seas

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Ulysse Nardin is proud to partner with a new “Ulysses” in his transatlantic crossing. Dan Lenard, the co-founder of the renowned Italian yacht design firm Nuvolari-Lenard, has embarked on a journey aimed at raising awareness of the oceans’ deterioration.

January 2019 – Le Locle. Ulysse Nardin has a new “Ulysses” onboard. Dan Lenard, the co-founder of the renowned Italian yacht design firm Nuvolari-Lenard, departed on his daring adventure: a transatlantic crossing departing on January 20th from Cadiz, Spain and arriving at the Miami Boat Show around February 14th. Ulysse Nardin will be present as one of the main sponsors. Dan’s company specializes in the design of yachts for both private clients and shipyards. Based near Venice, the studio has created some of the world’s most acclaimed superyachts, winning every major award and becoming both prolific and highly sought-after yacht designers.

The aim of his journey is to raise awareness for the plight of the seas. Dan Lenard chose sailing, a 5000-year-old invention, because it is one of the modes of transport that were used by humans to explore the Earth. Today, his voyage is bearing witness to how polluted the seas and coastlines have become. Ulysse Nardin is proud to endorse Dan Lenard’s mission, which he has called “Vela-Code”. For this new Ulysses, this journey is a “distress signal on behalf of the ocean”, calling for a need to reset how we treat our environment. We need focused initiatives, for both prevention and cure: prevention, through intelligent design of yachts and through education to highlight activities and behaviours that cause damage; cure, by taking responsibility for what we have done and devoting resources to repair the damage.

For Patrick Pruniaux, Ulysse Nardin’s CEO, “our Manufacture’s heritage has strong ties with the ocean. Being a part of this adventure is relevant to Ulysse Nardin’s values and history.”

Dan Lenard joins the Ulysse Nardin Armada of Explorers formed by free-diver and photographer Fred Buyle, sailors Sébastien Destremau and Romain Pilliard, snowboarder and surfer Mathieu Crépel and kite-surfing champion Alex Caizergues. Like the hero of Homer’s “Odyssey”, these modern-day Ulysses throw themselves into adventure, not afraid of the unknown and of the possible obstacles, following their dreams and ambitions.

Dan’s true challenge on this journey is the fact that he is alone on his 33-foot-long sailboat, SCIA, without equipment such as an engine, any electronics, GPS, log, compass or autopilot. Dan’s only gear will be the watch on his wrist, a Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronometer Great White, that will accompany him on his mission.

The Vela-Code mission has set up two accounts, Instagram @vela.code and a Facebook page, Vela-page. SCIA is equipped with a tracker/beacon that will signal Dan’s position every hour throughout the voyage. While Dan can’t chart his progress via this device, his audience can. The shore team will update the project’s social media sites and the website will display his progress from data received via the beacon. From 20th of January until around the 5th February, Dan will be out of contact with the world, until he reaches the Carribeans. A voyage with a mission, a call to raise awareness, an adventure for the free-spirited.

 About Ulysse Nardin – Manufacture of Freedom

Ulysse Nardin is the Pioneering Manufacture inspired by the sea and delivering innovative timepieces to free spirits.

Founded by Mr. Ulysse Nardin in 1846 and a proud member of the global luxury group Kering since November 2014, Ulysse Nardin has written some of the finest chapters in the history of Haute Horlogerie. The company’s earliest renown came from its links to the nautical world: its marine chronometers are among the most reliable ever made, still sought by collectors around the world. A pioneer of cutting-edge technologies and the innovative use of materials like silicon, the brand is one of the few with the in-house expertise to produce its own high-precision components and movements. This exceptional level of watchmaking excellence has earned Ulysse Nardin membership in the most exclusive circle of Swiss watchmaking, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie. Today, from its sites in Le Locle and La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland, the brand’s continuing quest for horological perfection centres around five collections: The Marine, the Diver, the Classico, the Executive and the Freak. In 2019, Ulysse Nardin introduces the X-factor into watchmaking. www.ulysse-nardin.com

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