The iconic Freak that has constantly displayed newer métiers of haute horology has now come out with its latest timepiece. A horological marvel of great ingenuity, the Ulysse Nardin Freak Cruiser follows in the footsteps of the Phantom. Surrounded by waves with a bezel dressed in aquatic fluting and a floating anchor in the form of a swing bridge, it takes to its predecessor’s avant-garde leanings.
The Cruiser comes completely redesigned. Its case in 18kt rose or white gold with double sapphire crystals doesn’t even begin to cover its covetable appeal. Stripped of its dial and hands, the Freak Cruiser is designed so that the movement revolves on itself. Linked to its center, the lower bridge indicates the hours, while the upper bridge bearing the gear train, the balance spring and the exclusive Dual Ulysse silicon escapement shows the minutes. Named the Carrousel Tourbillon, for obvious reasons, the system no longer includes a center pin allowing the tourbillon to function in an entirely free-floating fashion.
The Dual Ulysse escapement carries its own watchmaking mastery. Abandoning the traditional anchor and anchor wheel, its non-lubricated architecture incorporates two silicon impulse wheels at its center, each equipped with 18 active teeth. These teeth engage in turn, in a manner that minimizes friction. An alligator strap with matching gold deployant buckle completes this timepiece that is both elegant and revolutionary.
[Via – Timezone]