I’m sure we all remember Freak as a 90’s hit for Aussie Rock legends Silverchair. Moving forward, the word takes on a new meaning, as it represents the latest, daring collection from Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin. The Freak collection features 3 models, each inspired by the sea. What’s most impressive is that none of the watches have hands.
The Freak Vision and Freak Out watches use the same “flying carrousel” movement as Ulysse Nardin’s InnoVision 2 Concept Watch unveiled at SIHH 2017. Yet the design components are entirely different. The movement rotates on its own axis utilising super-light silicium technology with nickel mass elements and stabilising micro-blades.
A boat’s hull inspires the new 3D-carved upper bridge. The box-domed sapphire allows for a thinner middle and bezel. The entire case itself is unique—horns, bezel and the rubber on the side—creating a more open and generous appearance. Freak Vision is an automatic timepiece while Freak out is manually wound.
The 3rd model is a Freak Vision variant named after the famous snorkelling reef of Coral Bay in Western Australia. The two Freak Vision Coral Bay timepieces showcase a new decorative bonding technique and the meticulous micro-painting for which Ulysse Nardin has long been recognised.
All of the watches within the Freak collection are forged from titanium and rated for water resistance to a depth of 30m. The straps are made from sailcloth or rubber-like leather with a titanium folding clasp.
If we accept the definition of ‘freak’ as someone or something strikingly unusual, then I can’t think of a more appropriate word to describe these watches. You can find the specifications for each watch and information on dealers at the Ulysse Nardin website linked below.
Body and soul I’m a freak I’m a freak…