Ulysse Nardin has been the undisputed master of silicium since 2001. Continuing its trajectory, the Manufacture has once again turned a material originating from the electronics industry into an authentic medium of artistic craftsmanship. Ulysse Nardin now presents an astonishing new FREAK X model, the Ulysse Nardin FREAK X Marquetry, embellished with a decorative technique that had hitherto been almost totally undiscovered silicium marquetry. A revolutionary material par excellence, silicium had already proved its worth in Ulysse Nardin’s watch movements. It now exhibits its virtues on its watches dials for the second time.
Silicium marquetry – a surprising decorative technique to which only Ulysse Nardin holds the secret
A totally new revelation in the world of watchmaking, silicium marquetry involves assembling slivers of silicium cut into segments with a plasma accelerator. The subtlety of this technique lies in the craftsman’s dexterity, given that the silicium used is extremely flaky and fragile when moved. Slightly superimposing the segments one on top of the other (rather than interlocking them) would be enough to chip their edges. It thus represents a veritable feat of technological craftsmanship assembling by hand a collage of segments needed to create these astonishing mosaics. The end result delivers a unique impact as the eye is dazzled by the glittering marquetry, which resembles a galaxy of interacting laser beams.
Marquetry mosaic on the FREAK X are dramatically reactive to light
For this new Freak X, Ulysse Nardin used an advanced technology, still in silicium to produce a matt effect on the blue part of the decorative plate, thus creating a visual contrast with the green X in silicium marquetry Silicium marquetry offers a spectacular display of reflections of unmatched brilliance, with fragments in different sizes illuminated as the light sweeps around the watch like the beam of an X-ray!
The FREAK X watch makes its debut as the entry point into the Ulysse Nardin FREAK collection. The sizing, 43 mm, makes the watch easy to read and operate. It has a crown for time correction, which breaks with one of the most iconic aspects of the crownless Ulysse Nardin FREAK VISION which correct time by the bezel. The movement is a carrousel, turning once on itself every hour to indicate the time. It has no dial and no hands the central bridge acts as a minute hand and one of the wheels indicates the hours. Inside and clearly visible beats a super light balance wheel in silicium extra wide, with nickel flyweights and stabilizing micro blades. The movement itself, the Ulysse Nardin UN 230 is a fusion of the manufacture calibres UN 118 and FREAK VISION UN 250 The case, nicely rounded with curved lines, is seriously transformative.
This is a watch whose call of adventure will tempt any self-respecting modern-day Ulysses.
Ulysse Nardin FREAK X Marquetry Technical Specifications and Price
Reference 2303-270LE/03-MARQ-BQ – Limited edition 30 pieces Boutique Only
- Calibre UN 230, self-winding movement
- Flying carrousel manufacture movement rotating around its own axis
- Oversized oscillator with Silicium technology
- Wide diameter 3 Hz silicium balance wheel with nickel inert masses
- Index & Bridges in Vivid Blue with Superluminova
- Components: 205
- Power reserve: 72 hours
- Titanium with Blue PVD
- Diameter: 43 mm
- Case back: Open Sapphire crystal
- Water-resistance: 50 m
- Cutting edge Métiers d’art with Silicium marquetry decorative plate (bottom of the movement)
- Blue alligator leather strap
- Scratch closing system with Titanium buckle
- 29’500 CHF / 29’500 EUR / 31’100 USD