Freaky Heritage

Inspired by the first Freak featuring its three signature characteristics — no dial, no hands and no crown — the Freak One continues the legacy where “movement” is king as it rotates to tell the time.
Words // Zelda Grant | December 26, 2023 | Luxury

Known for pushing the boundaries of innovation and creativity, no timepiece in the world better embodies the Ulysse Nardin mindset than the Freak and now the Freak One. “It is a fresh expression of who we are,” says Chief Product Officer Jean-Christophe Sabatier. “It’s a highly technical watch, but it also has intense emotional value. When you set the time with the bezel, you experience something vital. This is what makes the Freak so special and why true collectors love it.” The watch is powered by the caliber UN-240 Manufacture, an automatic movement with a 90-hour power reserve. The flying carrousel movement rotates around its own axis and features a silicon oversized oscillator and hairspring. The escapement is treated with DIAMonSIL for added precision and durability. The 44mm black DLC-coated titanium case has a satin finish and is complemented by a rose gold 5N bezel. The watch is fitted with a black rubber “ballistic” textured strap, made of 30% recycled rubber from production waste by BIWI. All this makes the Freak One a worthy successor to the watch that rewrote high-end watchmaking codes more than 20 years ago;