Although this is just a concept, the Innovision 2 is just too stunning of a watch to not mention it in this SIHH roundup. It would take too many words to describe all the new innovations so here are the most notable ones. Starting at the heart, Ulysse Nardin unveils a brandnew dual constant escapement that is capable of delivering equal pulses to the balance wheel and the hairspring simply because it is not dependent on the tension of the mainspring. This is achieved through a complex silicium structure with locking elements, which interacts with silicium escapements. Then there is the completely new “Grinder” automatic winding system that improves efficiency by leaps and bounds.
Incorporating new and never-before-used materials for its watch components, the Innovision 2 has 24K hard gold wheels (traditionally cast in brass) that will open up the possibility of creating beautiful and precious movements for high-end timepieces. The bridge is made from glass, which offers brilliant transparency, and yet has a shock protection system that keeps the most important parts of the watch safe. Adding to the theatrics, the glass bridge can also be filled with SuperLuminova, giving it a futuristic edge. Top it all off with a new way of telling time and you have a combination of innovations that are sure to fuel Ulysse Nardin’s offerings far into the future.