Of all the freaks, this is one.
The brainchild of late owner Rolf Schnyder and gifted watchmaker Ludwig Oechslin of Ulysse Nardin, The Freak has been with us for 22 years. The first Freak was full of innovative ideas that would change conservative watchmaking and change perceptions. Since 2001 there have been many variations of this watch without winding crown and time setting, without traditional hands indicating hours and minutes, and without a generic name dial, but looking at the timeline, many will agree with the new 2023 edition Freak one, probably the prettiest.
The new Ulysse Nardin watch Freak ONE is a tribute to the previous work, and many functions are clear at a glance. Still, it is a tribute to the first Ulysse Nardin Freak, highlighting the avant-garde design and technology of one of the most forward-thinking pieces of the century so far.
The Freak One’s 44mm black DLC-coated titanium case with a satin finish and rose gold notched bezel is reminiscent of last year’s Freak S model. The open gear train takes you back to the Freak Cruiser introduced in 2013, while the Freak Vision design improves legibility. Freak Vision also “contributed” to the Grinder automatic winding system, designed to harvest power from the slightest movement of the wrist. This new Freak ONE uses a silicone balance spring – a common sight in watchmaking today – which was first introduced in 2008 with the Freak Blue Phantom, and the escapement is treated with DIAMonSIL, a synthetic diamond and silicon plasma treatment, It was first applied to Freak in 2007 to make the movement wear-resistant and shock-resistant.
With the Freak ONE, you can read the time from the UN-240 in-house movement. A one-hour orbiting Carrousel Tourbillon replaces the minute hand, while the hour hand is just a pointer filled with Super-LumiNova on a rotating disc. This black sun-pattern engraved disc is the cover of the barrel that rotates once every 12 hours. The time-setting system is operated by the bezel; the locker at 6 o’clock is raised, allowing the bezel to rotate the entire movement. There is a patented winding system on the back that winds the Replica Swiss Watch Online.
The Freak ONE is nothing short of a miracle, with its no-crown, no-hands, no-dial concept perfectly executed, with a dramatic change in appearance. Perhaps this is the first freak that isn’t weird; it’s a well-proportioned and harmonious watch. The new Freak ONR looks best with a black rubber “ballistic” textured strap, but Ulysse Nardin offers a choice of black matte alligator or two-tone rubber; all versions come with black DLC-coated titanium and rose gold Deployment clasp.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – ULYSSE NARDIN FREAK ONE
Case: 44 mm black DLC coated titanium with satin finish – height 12 mm – rose gold 5N bezel – black titanium case back set with sapphires – water resistant to 30 meters
Movement: Caliber UN-240 – Manufacture automatic movement – 72 hours power reserve – Hours, minutes – Flying Carrousel movement on its axis – Oversized silicon oscillator and hairspring – Escapement with DIAMonSIL treatment – Grinder® automatic Winding system, Blade technology – rose gold-tone bridges with Super-LumiNova® – barrel cover engraved with black sun rays – 229 components – 15 jewels – 21,600vph
Strap: Black rubber “ballistic” textured strap (2405-500-2A/3D) or black matte alligator leather strap (2405-500-2A/3C) – two-tone rubber strap (2405-500-2A/3A ) – black DLC coated titanium and rose gold 5N deployant clasp – rubber strap made of 30% recycled rubber from BIWI production waste in Switzerland
Ref: 2405-500-2A/3D, 2405-500-2A/3C, 2405-500-2A/3A