Introducing the first automatic watch in the Freak Collection, the Freak Vision: a Haute Horlogerie wonder incorporating the revolutionary innovations unveiled in the Ulysse Nardin InnoVision 2 Concept Watch at SIHH 2017. Among the game-changers: a super-light silicium balance wheel with nickel mass elements and stabilizing micro-blades and a new case design made even thinner by a box-domed crystal.
Time is still indicated in the “Freak” manner that sets the collection apart: by the baguette movement itself, a “flying carrousel” rotating around its own axis. Yet the design components are completely different. The new 3D carved upper bridge is inspired by a boat’s hull. The new box-domed sapphire allows for a thinner middle and bezel. Finally, the entire case itself is new—horns, bezel, the rubber on the side—making for a look that is much more open and generous.
Ulysse Nardin is a pioneer of innovations in timekeeping, not least for its unprecedented mastery of silicium, which it introduced to Haute Horlogerie in the first Freak timepiece, in 2001. Now it audaciously pushes the technology further by welding it—another patented first—with solid nickel elements, to create an astonishingly light balance wheel. It then adds silicium micro-blades to stabilize amplitudes and significantly increase accuracy.
Diver Deep Dive
Ulysse Nardin’s links to the sea run deep. A recognized pioneer of watchmaking innovation since 1846, the Manufacture’s early renown was built on the peerless precision and reliability of its marine chronometers – essential navigational instruments that helped seafarers determine longitude by means of celestial navigation. The Manufacture is equally renowned for what it has achieved underwater, with its solidly built and unabashedly masculine Diver collection.
Like its immediate predecessor, the Diver Deep Dive is powered by the in-house caliber UN-320, which has a patented silicium lever and escape wheel configuration. The balance spring is also in silicium, a material Ulysse Nardin first introduced to Haute Horlogerie.
Along with 1 km water resistance — the world record diving depth is 701 meters — new technical standouts on this limited edition (300 pieces) masterwork include a removable titanium guard on the crown at 2 o’clock and a helium release valve at 9 o’clock, for deep dives of prolonged periods of time or under saturation. The rubber strap is a first: it has an expandable element that adjusts to changes in wrist size during dives, caused by the compression of your neoprene diving suit. The robust, angular-shaped case is in titanium, with cut-edged horns. The large bezel has 12-notched teeth for easy manipulation, even with diving gloves.
An acknowledged pioneer of Haute Horlogerie innovation since 1846, Ulysse Nardin has long been the unrivaled master of repeater technology — complications that chime the hours and, in the case of minute repeaters like the Classic Voyeur, the quarter hours and minutes, at the press of a button. The Manufacture is also renowned for its Jaquemart repeaters, which traditionally feature an automated figure striking the hours and minutes on a clock tower bell.
The enticingly erotic Jaquemarts on the Classic Voyeur’s anthracite grey dial are of a different order all together: two beautifully proportioned couples fashioned from 18-carat pink gold or white gold and caught “in flagrante delicto.” In the foreground, one couple stand in their nightclothes, the woman behind the man, in a Louis XIV salon complete with meticulously engraved canapé and carpet.The man has pulled open a curtain dividing the room to reveal not just the time, but a naked couple, making passionate love. Each press of the button couples the background lovers, rhythmically moving back and forth the woman’s leg and her partner’s arm, torso and thigh; while, in the foreground, the woman’s hand reaches forward to touch her partner’s sex.
Audacious, yet delightfully elegant and charming, the Classic Voyeur is a very exclusive creation. The pleasant chimes are seductively low-pitched for the hours and higher-pitched for the minutes. The 42 mm case is in 18-carat pink gold or platinum. Only 18 pieces are in the edition. The sultry princess edition is in platinum, with 60 shimmering baguette diamonds on her bezel, for a total of 3.5 cts.
In 2013, Ulysse Nardin launched Jade as a tribute to a revered gemstone that the royal court in China considered “crystallized magic”—the link between heaven and earth. Now, five years later, five new Jade ladies pay homage to an even more precious stone: the diamond.
These exquisite Jades have a new round case shape and a new home in the Classic Collection. Graced with classic hour, minute and second hands powered by the collection’s dedicated calibre, the self-winding and ever-reliable UN-815, the flagship editions fuse Haute Joaillerie techniques, time-honoured craftsmanship and captivating feminine allure.
The new look will take your breath away. Ten diamonds in a delicate leaf-like wave motif adorn the lower left quadrant of the round mother-of-pearl dials; 76 more sparkle on the stunning bezel in stainless steel.
The very feminine color options – blue leather strap and oversized blue Arabic indexes, white leather strap with grey numerals, or garnet red leather strap with red numerals – perfectly match the mother-of-pearl’s sumptuous tones and the diamonds’ incandescent fire. The blue and grey editions are also available with more discreet bezels in unadorned stainless steel.
Five years, five proud new queens, each a noble incarnation of timeless femininity. Competitively priced and accessible, gorgeous day or night, with jeans or at a red carpet gala, they are new contemporary classics, perfect companions for every situation today’s woman faces.