The Ulysse Nardin Freak Vision

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The Ulysse Nardin Freak Vision

January 23, 2018


In 2001, Ulysse Nardin's Freak was introduced, and it really redefined modern watchmaking. It launched the era of the super watch, with its unusual tourbillon (basically the entire movement is a tourbillon, and acts as the minute hand as well, as it rotates once an hour inside the case) and as well, it was the very first wristwatch to incorporate silicon components.

The original Freak was to become a platform for numerous iterations since its debut, and for Ulysse Nardin, to continue to present the Freak as not just a platform for stylistic innovation, but technical innovation as well, is to uphold a commitment to both that goes back nearly two decades. The major innovation in the Freak Vision that's been carried over from the Innovision 2 is the escape wheel, which is made of a combination of silicon and solid nickel elements. The blades of the balance wheel are oriented in such a way that air resistance is exploited in order to ensure more constant amplitude.

It's always encouraging to see a watch manufacturer continue to explore advancing horology not just as an art, but as a science as well and though it doesn't seem to be as widely realized as it could be, Ulysse Nardin historically has been one of the major industry leaders. The Freak has always been a watch for a very specific kind of collector – it's about as far as you can get in every respect that matters from a conventional wristwatch. 

This article was syndicated from Hodinkee. View the full article here, and the Hodinkee hands-on review here.