Pure ingenuity and exacting technologyBASELWORLD 2016 Preview: The Freak collection showcases a re-centered balance wheel
Launched at Baselworld 2015, the FreakLab embodies the inventive force that is Ulysse Nardin. Now, exclusively for Ulysse Nardin boutiques, the manufacture releases a limited-edition of 99 of the revolutionary timepiece, exposing fresh inspiration, and once again, surprising enthusiasts with pure ingenuity and exacting technology.
For fourteen years, the Freak collection has reset the world of watchmaking, raising the bar with every new engineering and design feat. It was the first watch to incorporate a silicium escapement in 2001, a diamond escapement in 2005 and the Dual Ulysse escapement the same year. Remarkable and monumental achievements, the evolutions of the Freak, with every release, amaze; and to this day, it remains an unrivaled timekeeping phenomenon.
And, the FreakLab is no different.
For the first time, a version of the Freak collection showcases a re-centered balance wheel, a date function, and the breakthrough UlyChoc safety system – a new generation of shock absorbers designed, developed and produced entirely in-house.
Yet, what makes the limited-edition FreakLab even more unique is its implementation of special materials, including blackened titanium and carbon fiber. The middle case and horns are crafted of blackened titanium; the case bezel is constructed of carbon fiber, an extremely strong material. Combined, they not only reveal a watch that is supremely durable, but also one that elicits fascination and vigor. Its allure further expounds upon the avant-garde design and milestone setting mechanism of the original FreakLab.
Extremely simple to manipulate, the rotating bezel is freed via a safety clip at 6 o’clock. This is used to set the hours and minutes when rotated clockwise, and the date when rotated counter-clockwise. The other bezel winds the mainspring barrel, which is designed for a power reserve of eight days. Modeled entirely in black and decorated with a modern and simplistic wave graphic, as well as a carbon fiber pattern – continued throughout the leather strap, this original version of the FreakLab tells a style story all its own and demonstrates a durability unlike any other.
Like its predecessors, it is the perfect choice for the collector who seeks a timekeeper that goes beyond incomparable.