Ulysse Nardin, known for its crazy good timepieces and bold designs, presented the novelties for the Watches and Wonders 2022 show. It's one the few brands at the Geneva event that kept it sweet and short, with just three new timepieces - the Moonstruck Worldtimer, the Freak X Aventurine, and the Freak S. So here are some unique dial interpretations coupled with technological and material prowess of the brand.
The Moonstruck Worldtimer is offered in two materials - platinum or 18K rose gold. This inventive worldtimer brings globetrotters to the yard as it recreates the moon's orbit and the movement of the sun around the globe. On the display is the indication of the phases of the moon. Coming to the centre of the dial, the Northern Hemisphere is depicted as seen from above the North Pole. Six o'clock in London represents the Greenwich meridian, marking Greenwich Mean Time. Three concentric discs turn around this fixed map of the world. The outermost circle features a symbol representing the sun. This solar disc, which completes one revolution in 24 hours, also moves over a display of 24 time zones and is equipped with a day/night indicator.
The worldtimer function is controlled by these markings allowing the wearer to simultaneously display the time in the 24 cities inscribed on the internal flange. The dial also displays an easy-to-read map of the tides. The self-winding calibre UN-106 offers a date function, achieving a power reserve of around 50 hours. The Ref. 1069-113/01, which is the platinum model, and the Ref. 1062-113/01, which is the rose gold model, both are paired with a leather strap with a folding clasp.
The Freak S watch is Ulysse Nardin's first double oscillator timepiece with a differential with automatic winding, which the manufacture was able to achieve with the 'Grinder' system - ultra efficient winding system. Its case takes inspiration from the first Freak of 2001, with a construction combining different materials, like ceramic, titanium, and gold. The new watch resembles a space vessel with twin reactors, which is driven by the new UN-251 Manufacture movement. This engine delivers a power reserve of around 72 hours.
Limited edition of 75 timepieces, this watch has no hands, dial, or a crown. This Freak indicates the time with the help of the rotation of its movement. Two bridges rotate around the centre. They indicate the hours and minutes respectively. An arrow covered with Super-LumiNova® shows the hour while the nose cone of the rocket, which bears the balance-wheels and the escapement, indicates the minutes. The timepiece is fitted with a self-folding clasp system in titanium with black DLC. Its 45mm black ceramic, titanium with black DLC, and 5N rose gold case can be paired with a bi-material black alligator and golden calf strap or black alligator strap.
Freak X Aventurine
Ulysse Nardin created Freak X in 2019, in 2022, its latest iteration has been presented with a blue aventurine decor. The Freak X Aventurine is equipped with a regulation organ -- balance wheel, anchor, escapement wheel -- made of silicium. Its 43mm blue PVD titanium and 5N rose gold case houses the self-winding Caliber UN-230, which is a blend of the UN-118 and the UN-250.
The Manufacture movement with carousel delivers a power reserve of around 72 hours and the watch is water resistant upto 50 metres. This watch has been paired with a blue alligator strap with light grey 'points de bride' stitches.