Mastermind of complicated mechanical watches, Ulysse Nardin introduced its second Freak One at Watches & Wonders 2023.
April 11, 2023: Founded in 1846, Ulysse Nardin is renowned for producing extravagant and exceptional mechanical watches. Since its inception, the brand has created several masterpieces such as precision marine chronometers and the revolutionary Freak, first ever watch to use silicon in its dual direct escapement. The legendary Freak was created by Ludwig Oechslin in 2001, which soon took the watch world by storm with its pioneering use of silicon and unique design.
Now, more than 20 years after the first Freak, the Swiss watchmakers surprised the watch enthusiasts with its second Freak in 2023. Freak One features the three signature characteristics of the original Freak: no dial, no hands, and no crown with a revolving movement that tells the time.
Presented at the recently held Watches & Wonders, the haute horological masterpiece is the first Freak with an integrated rubber strap, made of 30% recycled rubber from production waste. The watch is powered by automatic movement UN 240 developed in house, which has a 72 hours power reserve.
The watch is housed in a 44mm black DLC-coated titanium case with satin finish and equipped with a 5N rose gold bezel, and a black titanium case back with sapphire display.
- By Pritha Debroy