Ulysse Nardin was born in Le Locle, Switzerland in 1823. Following in his father's footsteps, he trained as a "remonteur" and eventually set up his own workshop. In 1846, the Ulysse Nardin company was founded. Little more than a counter, its watches displayed high-quality craftsmanship and were signed by their maker. It was the beginning of an enterprise that has lasted more than 150 years. Nardin's first watches were sold in Central and South America through a Paris go-between, Lucien Dubois, who was Nardin's only customer for two years.