In 2001, Ulysse Nardin presented a watch – the Freak – that was a complete stun for the business, as far as plan and show as well as chiefly on the grounds that it was the principal watch commercialized with silicium parts – a questionable material in those days, which has now discovered its place in many watches. Today, as such a recognition for that spearheading utilization of silicium in a watch, Ulysse Nardin prepares its new Freak X ( see more here ) with a dial that is actually made of this material, shown as marquetry.
Reminder. In 2001, Ulysse Nardin presented the Freak, a genuine idea piece with a few striking highlights. Its presentation, comprising of a flying merry go round module holding the managing organ and pivoting around the dial once each hour (going about as brief hand) was amazing. The manner in which the watch was twisted (by turning the caseback) and the manner in which the time was changed (by pivoting the bezel) was additionally very novel. Yet, principally, the Freak was the primary watch equipped with silicium parts at any point to hit the market. Dubious in those days (and still today for a few), this material has discovered its place in many watches, depending on its enemy of attractive and accuracy characteristics. Recognition for a job well done: Ulysse Nardin is the undisputed pioneer in the utilization of this material and the Freak is a significant watch in present day watchmaking history.
A few weeks prior, during the SIHH 2019, the brand presented a pristine and more available form of the Freak, named Freak X – the passage highlight the assortment, close by the Freak Out and Freak Vision . Though large numbers of similar stylish and utilitarian components are set up, the Freak X introduces a few updates to make it simpler on the wrist – and on the wallet. A more modest width (43mm versus 45mm), a crown for time rectification, what breaks with perhaps the most notable parts of the crownless idea (which adjusted time by the bezel) and a development dependent on the in-house, yet improved on type UN-118.
However, the Freak X holds the main highlights, including the shortfall of a dial and hands, as the focal extension, otherwise known as the flying merry go round, goes about as brief hand and the hours are as yet shown by a circle on a lower level. The “baguette” development is as yet a merry go round, turning once on itself consistently to demonstrate the time, it actually holds a huge equilibrium wheel on top of the watch, made of silicon with nickel latent masses. Generally, the Freak X is marginally less complex where it can’t be seen, yet intense where it tallies – and it is evaluated a lot of lower than the remainder of the collection.
inspired by the utilization of silicium in the development, the brand has presented the Ulysse Nardin Freak X Silicium Marquetry. Development, signs and case are equivalent to the model presented during the SIHH 2019 . What changes is the dial, which was gotten in the wake of amassing numerous pieces of silicium.
Silicium marquetry includes amassing wafers of silicon cut into fragments with a plasma quickening agent. All the nuance of this procedure lies in the skilled worker’s dexterity, given that the silicon utilized is extremely flaky and delicate when controlled. Somewhat superimposing the sections one on top of the other, instead of interlocking them, will be sufficient to chip their edges. Amassing by hand a montage of the about 120 fragments expected to make these mosaics is a challenge.
Two forms of the Ulysse Nardin Freak X Silicium Marquetry will be accessible. The first, in titanium and blue PVD, shows a overlaid “X” on an appearance of shades of blue. The second, enhancing the dial of a dark DLC-covered model, depicts a shiny “X” on a purplish-blue background.
Both watches highlight the in-house Calibre UN-230 (programmed with 72h force hold) and are worn on gator lashes with ‘point-de-bride’ stitches. Cost will be EUR 29,500. More subtleties at www.ulysse-nardin.com .