The Freak, the brainchild of the late Ulysse Nardin proprietor Rolf Schnyder and genius watchmaker Ludwig Oechslin, has been with us for 22 years. The primary Freak was filled with revolutionary concepts that may remodel the conservative methods of watchmaking, altering perceptions. Since 2001 the watch with no crown to wind and time set, no typical fingers to level hours and minutes and no dial per frequent designation have appeared in a number of variants, but trying on the timeline, many would agree that the brand new 2023 version, the Freak ONE, might be the prettiest.
The brand new Ulysse Nardin Freak ONE celebrates the earlier, with many options popping up with only a look. Nonetheless, it’s a tribute to the primary Ulysse Nardin Freak, highlighting the avant-garde design and know-how of one of the vital forward-thinking creations of this century up to now.
The 44mm black DLC-coated titanium case of the Freak One, with a satin end and rose gold notched bezel is paying homage to the Freak S mannequin launched final 12 months. The open gear prepare takes you again to the Freak Cruiser launched in 2013, whereas the Freak Imaginative and prescient design evokes improved legibility. The Freak Imaginative and prescient additionally “contributed” the Grinder automated winding system, designed to get vitality from the slightest wrist actions. This new Freak ONE makes use of the silicone hairspring – so frequent in watchmaking as we speak – which was first launched with the Freak Blue Phantom in 2008, and the escapement is handled with DIAMonSIL, an artificial diamond and silicon plasma therapy that was first utilized to the Freak in 2007, to make the motion abrasion and shock-resistant.
With the Freak ONE, you learn the time from the UN-240 manufacture motion. The one-hour orbital flying carrousel tourbillon replaces the minute hand, and the hour hand is only a pointer stuffed with Tremendous-LumiNova on a rotating disc. This black sunray-engraved disc is the barrel cowl that makes a rotation as soon as in 12 hours. The time-setting system is bezel-operated; the locker at 6 o’clock is to be lifted to permit the bezel to rotate all the motion. There’s a patented winding system on the again to wind the watch.
The Freak ONE is a marvel, with the no crown, no fingers and no dial idea executed completely, and the adjustments to the looks are important. Maybe that is the primary Freak that’s not freakish; it’s a well-proportioned and harmonious watch. The brand new Freak ONR appears finest on a black rubber ‘ballistic’ textured strap, however Ulysse Nardin gives a selection of a black matt alligator leather-based strap or a two-tone rubber strap; all variations include black DLC-coated titanium and rose gold deployant buckle. The costs are CHF 65,000 (tax incl.), GBP 60,330 (tax incl.), EUR 69,600 (21% tax incl.), and USD 68,600 (tax excl.).
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