Ulysse Nardin Freak ONE embraces and dresses up an atypical complication
Ulysee Nardin Freak ONE goes beyond its shock-factor roots to embrace beauty,The time is adjusted by a 5N gold bezel without the need for a traditional crown.Its wheel train and flying tourbillon are integrated into the minute hand.
Mechanical watchmaking has changed dramatically over the past few decades, which is impressive for something that became technically redundant more than 50 years ago. Ulysse Nardin was the trailblazer of modernity, first with its remarkable marine chronometers throughout the 19th century and then with the first Freak in 2001. 22 years on, it's incredible to think how much luxury watchmaking finds beauty in distortion, and now, the new Ulysse Freak ONE is a very attractive watch with the devilish swagger of the original .
If you're not familiar with the history of the Ulysse Nardin Freak, then you might not know how much credit it has for its existence. It pioneered the breaking of the boundaries between engineering and aesthetics, and dispelled many preconceptions about what a watch should look like. Containing the entire gear train and flying tourbillon within the part serving as the minute hand, the traditional definition of movement, case and dial does not apply here.
If you break things down and stop to consider the technical complexity of what they've achieved, the Ulysse Nardin Freak ONE is actually a pretty simple watch for the person who wears it. The oversized silicon oscillator used by the tourbillon emits opalescent blue light and is located opposite the luminous arrow, and the entire bridge plate can be used as a minute hand when reading the time. The hour hand is actually a floating mysterious hand that spins on a sapphire disc beneath the 'movement' and maintains amazing clarity. You may have noticed that the crown doesn't protrude from the case to disrupt its profile, because instead, the time can be set by unlocking and turning the bezel without too much fuss.
Abrasion resistance isn't a high priority on statement pieces like the Ulysse Nardin Freak ONE, but the 44mm titanium case is coated in black DLC to keep its size in check. Never afraid to experiment with color, the UN opts for a classic black and gold combo, and the 18k 5N gold bezel and dial details give the Freak a surprisingly formal versatility. The integrated lug design provides three strap options, black "ballistic" textured rubber, two-tone rubber and matte black alligator strap.
Brand Ulysse Nardin Watch model monster one Case Dimensions 44mm (D) x 12mm (L) Case material DLC coated titanium and 5N gold Water resistance 30 meters crystal sapphire dial black Strap Black "ballistic" textured rubber, two-tone rubber, matte black alligator leather strap Mobile UN-240 Power reserve 72 hours