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Ulysse Nardin has been a watch brand since 1823. I was surprised that I only did a review on one of their watches. Honestly, I don’t know why I gave this brand a miss when in reality the offerings are very interesting. Historically, Ulysse Nardin has been in the forefront of research and development when it comes to horology with quite a number of firsts.
Today I want to cover one very interesting model from Ulysse Nardin that looks so futuristically cool; the Ulysse Nardin FreakLab Boutique Edition under the Freak line of watches. What surprising is that the Freak series was first launched back in 2001.
When this line was launched in 2001, it came to watch enthusiasts as something extraordinary for a mechanical wristwatch. There was no crown, no hands, and no dial and yet, achieved the same goal as other watches to tell time. From a technological point of view as well, this series introduced new materials and designs that have been adopted by many other watchmakers since. The Freak collection was the first watch to incorporate a silicon escapement in 2001, a diamond escapement in 2005 and the Dual Ulysse escapement the same year.
The latest under this series is the FreakLab Boutique Edition. It comes in two difference models, the reference 2100-138 in 18k white gold limited to 99 pieces, as well as the reference 2103-138_CF-BQ in titanium and carbon fiber also limited to 99 pieces. The letter is only available at Ulysse Nardin boutiques.
This latest version of the Freak series has a redesigned balance-wheel and balance-spring which has them repositioned to the centre of unique time module. This makes it more compact than the predecessor. The unique time module at the center of the watch is, in fact, a large part of the movement that comprises the gear train, the balance wheel, the balance-spring unit, and the Dual Ulysse silicon escapement. This module rotates on its own axis once per an hour and is effectively the minute indicator.
Another interesting point to note is the unique escapement called Dual Ulysse silicon escapement that does not use the traditional pallet fork and escape wheel method. Instead, two siliconimpulse wheels, each with eighteen teeth, alternately activate a stopper which transmits its energy directly to the balance staff. This style of design sends the force in the direction of the rotation of the balance wheel, minimizing friction.Prikaži več
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