Freak­ishly nau­ti­cal spec­ta­cle

Very few watches that fol­low min­i­mal­ist lines can be so bold and loud as the Freak Vi­sion by Ulysse Nardin.

Esquire Malaysia Watch Guide - - Contents - Words by Roger Val­berg

FOR ANY­ONE THAT HAS BEEN FOL­LOW­ING ULYSSE NARDIN, the ad­vent of the Freak in 2001, from in­cep­tion to col­lec­tion, it can be a bit mys­ti­fy­ing. Tra­di­tion­ally, the brand has been very faith­ful to its marine her­itage. And on top of that, it has al­ways gone out of its way to make nau­ti­cal life not only horo­log­i­cally rel­e­vant but also fun. But then came the Freak and things got com­pli­cated.

For one thing, this isn’t a read­ily nau­ti­cal watch. Un­like other pop­u­lar col­lec­tions like the Marine or their avant garde Diver, the Freak col­lec­tion which be­gan with the Freak Out was par­tic­u­larly mod­ernist in feel. Aside from the an­chor which formed part of the hands, there was noth­ing in­trin­si­cally marine. And for many peo­ple, that was a good thing as it moved the brand away from the sea and slightly more in­land.

With the Freak Vi­sion though, the sea has come back with a vengeance. 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.

But be­ing the pre­mier piece from Ulysse Nardin means that the watch had some sur­prises. A new Grinder Au­to­matic Wind­ing Sys­tem which makes the ro­tor win­der more ef­fi­cient as well as the es­tab­lished An­chor Es­cape­ment which re­moves fric­tion from the op­er­a­tions of the pal­let fork. It is some­thing that fans of the brand have come to ex­pect. To make it abun­dantly clear where the marine de­sign el­e­ment has come from, images of a great white shark have been read­ily avail­able. And you can see it when the hands of the time­piece lines up!

Ulysse Nardin Freak Col­lec­tion.

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