This week at Baselworld 2015, the Swiss watchmaking house has introduced the new Ulysse Nardin FreakLab Watch which comes with the re-centered balance wheel, tooled with a new generation of shock absorbers named the UlyChoc safety system. Also, for the very first time, the watch comes with a date function.
Ulysse Nardin FreakLab (ref. 2100-138) is equipped with the in-house manufactured caliber UN-210 1-hour tourbillon movement which is able to provide 7 days of power reserve. The manual winding mechanism oscillates at the rapid frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz). Considering the fact that the movement incorporates the exclusive Dual Ulysse escapement in silicon, it requires no lubrication.
The recognizable Freak’s edgy design has not changed. The lower deck of the movement shows the hours, whereas the upper part displays the minutes. When compared to the other Freak timepieces on which the movement turns around its own axes, this newcomer comes with a few interesting innovations. Firstly, it boasts a date window at the 4 o’clock position which is indicated by a red tipped arrow. Secondly, the entire floating upper bridge has been redesigned. The gear train is much smaller, whilst the balance-wheel and the balance-spring are repositioned at the center of the mechanism.
The oscillating balance wheel has been equipped with the in-house designed and produced UlyChoc shock safety system – a new generation of shock protection devices which offers a more simplified solution that replaces three of five functions from the classical shock protection system with a single piece made of silicon.
The new FreakLab is housed in a round case crafted from 18-karat white gold, which measures 45mm in diameter. The hours and minutes are indicated by the rotation of the movement, with anchor and sail serving as hands. The front side of the watch is encircled with the rotating bezel which is sculpted in the shape of waves, whilst a safety clip between the horns at the 6 o’clock position prevents its accidental turning.
Ulysse Nardin FreakLab Watch is attached to a comfortable black alligator leather strap.
Ulysse Nardin’s Freak timepieces are among the most unconventional timepieces ever made. In the past 14 years, the Freak line of watches had welcomed many innovations. In 2001, Ulysse Nardin introduced the first Freak watch to incorporate a silicium escapement. In 2005, the Swiss manufacturer introduced a diamond escapement and that same year we saw the Dual Ulysse escapement.