Interview with Jean Christophe Sabatier

The Freak One – Interview with Jean Christophe Sabatier, Chief Product Officer at Ulysse Nardin

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The Ulysse Nardin Freak ONE results from many years of research and development and contains many innovations never seen elsewhere. The entire approach is heading towards high-end practical horology. The Freak ONE is perfectly capable of sustaining a complex lifestyle as an only-watch collection or part of a curated selection. Although the balance weighs a bit more onto the sporty side, with this piece on the wrist, one could never fear that it will be looked down on by any purist, regardless of the attire requirements. We talked with Jean Christophe Sabatier, Chief Product Officer at Ulysse Nardin to better understand this horological masterpiece.

We touched on Freak’s evolution, functionality, materials and technicity. Enjoy!

Ulysse Nardin Freak ONE Technical Specifications

Ref. 2405-500-2A/3D – 65’000 CHF (tax incl.), 60’330 GBP (tax incl.), 69’600 EUR (21% tax incl.), 68’600 USD (tax excl.)


  • Caliber UN-240 Manufacture
  • Automatic movement, 72-hour power reserve
  • Hours, minutes
  • Flying carrousel movement rotating around its own axis
  • Silicon oversized oscillator and balance spring
  • DIAMonSIL treatment to escapement
  • Grinder® automatic winding system, blades technology
  • Rose-gold bridges 5N with Super-LumiNova®
  • Black engraved sunray pattern on the barrel cover
  • 229 components, 15 jewels
  • Frequency 3 Hz, oscillations 21’600 V/H


  • 44mm black DLC-coated titanium case with satin finish,
  • rose gold 5N bezel,
  • black titanium case back with sapphire insert,
  • water-resistant to 30 m,
  • height 12 mm

Strap & Buckle

  • Black rubber ‘ballistic’ textured strap (2405-500-2A/3D)
  • Black matt alligator leather strap (2405-500-2A/3C)
  • Two-tone rubber strap (2405-500-2A/3A)
  • Black DLC-coated titanium deployant buckle
  • Rubber straps made of 30% recycled rubber from production waste by BIWI, Switzerland

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