One of the watches I’m most excited about at the 2022 Geneva Watch Fair is the latest high-end Freak watch from Ulysse Nardin, Switzerland. Dubbed the Ulysse Nardin Freak S, this latest installment in the "Freak watch saga" that began in 2001 is a visual testament to the enduring power of this hybrid visual/technical concept. The Freak watch collection started out as a playground for silicon parts in mechanical watch movements. Ulysse Nardin shocked the industry by replacing metal parts with metal parts made of silicon. Not only did it spark a major debate about new materials in the traditional watch industry, but it also heralded an era in which silicon was one of the most important materials in contemporary timepieces. While many naysayers argue that silicon has no place in high-end watchmaking, Ulysse Nardin is right.
Now, 21 years later, the purpose of the Freak watch line has changed. After many ownership and leadership changes since the launch of the original Freak watch, the Freak collection is now the backbone of the Ulysse Nardin brand. Today’s Freak collection is less about technical performance innovation and more about design and visual presentation, celebrating Ulysse Nardin’s status as an innovator of materials, while offering fun and excitement on the wrist for those who can afford it.replica watches for sale
My excitement about the Freak S watch proved to be well-founded. The moment I met Mr. Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Ulysse Nardin at Geneva Watches & Wonders, I noticed that he was wearing a Freak S. He didn't take it off for the entire show, and he was very well dressed and smiling the whole time. "What a cool watch" I thought. No, Patrick didn't just design for a great watch model, but the entire futuristic design and visual animations of the Freak S timepiece are fun and inspirational. I am very happy with its forward-looking design. what do i mean? Well, a few years ago this futuristic watch wasn't having a good time. There is a scramble for historical and retro (i.e. "classic") designs, and consumers often joke about the novelty and experimentation of contemporary watches to try new things. We are in an era of staunch neoclassicism, where nostalgia for the past seems to overshadow the typical interest in innovation. As best I can, I can barely get people excited about futuristic watch designs. In fact, in 2020, when I talked about how social sentiment directly affects whether people want classic or futuristic watch designs, I devoted an entire article to it.
Now, just two years later, social sentiment seems to be changing as the world finds itself in a very different place. People are again hopeful about the future and curious (not fearful) of what it might bring. At least that's what I got when I noticed a renewed interest in modern and futuristic watch designs. Ulysse Nardin Freak S is a good example. The brand doesn't hide that the minute hand on the dial (like all Freak watches, including the watch's running train and adjustment system) looks like a spaceship, the whole composition of the watch is about how we humans gaze optimistically with wonder and hope Sky. The case design is modern and the entire approach to watchmaking is forward-looking and contemporary. Just a few years ago, the concept would hardly have gained popularity. I personally have never given up my strong interest in modern high quality replica watches design, so I'm excited to see this design philosophy resurface, even though I think we're about 24 months away from seeing as much as no one wants to do it spaceship dial.
In the article above, I discussed more about the technical nature of the Freak S watch and its new dual silicon balance system with a new vertical differential system. The idea is that the movement has two time regulation systems instead of one, but their performance is averaged to further reduce rate errors. The ultimate goal of this double-balanced adjustment system is to be more accurate over time. That's fine, but Ulysse Nardin doesn't actually claim much performance advantage over a single balance wheel system. That doesn't mean the Freak S is underperforming, but the watch's appeal lies in its technical use of sheer chrono performance. This particular movement system targets visual animation and emotion. While the system is designed to improve accuracy, it is unclear what the actual performance will be. Instead, the watch's appeal is the animated view of the dial, its dual-oscillating balance wheels and other stunning displays.
Technically, the system is pretty cool, and the combination of the Freak architecture plus the new differential and dual balance wheel system is truly amazing. As far as I can tell, the "vertical" nature of a differential system actually lies in how it is oriented and visually displayed, independent of any performance considerations. The two silicon-based balances and the balance spring are coated with diamond material. This is "DiamonSil", which increases the strength of silicon, which is otherwise brittle. The dial itself features a large minute hand structure, as well as a less visible hour hand on the periphery of the dark blue aventurine dial. I hope Ulysse Nardin comes up with a way to incorporate the "weird" seconds indicator into the mix at some point in the future.Richard Mille RM 11-02 Le Mans Ceramic
The movement inside the Freak S is the in-house movement UN-251 self-winding movement. Both balance wheel systems operate at 2.5Hz (the slower the speed, the more elegant it looks), and the overall watch has a power reserve of 72 hours. Recall that Freak watches usually (except for the Freak X model) do not have a crown. Adjust the time by turning the top flap (it unlocks after you lift the small tab at the 6 o'clock market position). If you want to wind it manually, turn the case-back crown. That said, the Freak S is the second Freak watch in Athens to feature an automatic winding. It does this using a system the brand calls "Grinder." It employs an interesting concept that ditches the traditional weighted oscillating weight and replaces it with a system that is more sensitive to movement, which provides greater winding efficiency. People who like this type of watch also tend to dislike manual winding. Watch. So, the Freak S's Grinder self-winding system simply translates into a more convenient wearing experience.
The 3D mechanical sculpture, the dial, is housed in a smooth 45mm wide case that is water resistant to 30 meters. The case of this reference 2513 500LE 2A BLACK 5N/1A version of the Freak S (currently the only one) is made of 18k rose gold and black DLC-coated titanium. It fits a two-tone black alligator and calfskin strap, with gold running through the vertical lines of the horizontally cut perforations.
Ulysse Nardin will produce a total of 75 reference 2513 500LE 2A BLACK 5N/1A Freak S watches over the next few years. I think it's safe to say that future versions of the Freak S are inevitable, but it's unclear if they'll be exactly the same in different colors or materials, or if Ulysse Nardin will change the design for future iterations.jacob & co astronomia SKY AT110.40.AA.WD.A