Le Locle May 5 th 2021 Disorder and confusion welcome to the new reality. Where art meets craftmanship, there is nothing more disrupting, and no more fascinating object than the new Freak X Razzle Dazzle. Ulysse Nardin is eXcited to introduce a revisited and unique version of its best selling model Freak X, embellished with a new geometrical pattern a captivating design inspired by wildlife camouflage and used for ships’ concealment, as well as widely integrated in works of contemporary art. The Freak X collection is notorious for its in house flying carrousel movement, which rotates around its own axis without a traditional dial or hands. Somewhere between Space and Earth, it is simply an extraterrestrial timepiece its movement and design defy all the known codes of watchmaking.
High-tech vibrant tapisserie
The Ulysse Nardin Freak X model doesn’t feature a conventional dial but a decorative movement plate integrating the minute gear train here fully “razzle dazzled”. Limited to 30 pieces, the watch is available in titanium with a black DLC case and a black openwork rubber leather strap with “point de bride” stitches and rubber, or a white openwork calfskin leather strap with “point de bride” stitches.
This razzle dazzle vibrant tapisserie emphasizes the edgy carrousel movement, turning on itself every 60 minutes to indicate the time. In between an ornament and a technical interface, in between what’s visible and what’s hidden, this black and white pattern will hypnotize you. Combining three different dial making techniques (electroplating/galvanic treatment, laser) the final effect is captivating, mesmerizing, absorbing. It is a veritable optical illusion on your wrist.
Razzle Dazzle Influence
Because its heritage is deeply rooted in the universes of the Marines and Navies of the world, it was no surprise that the Ulysse Nardin design department decided upon the razzle dazzle pattern as a new exercise in style and composition.
A painting technique employed to camouflage British ships dazzle camouflage, also known as razzle dazzle or dazzle painting was a design composed of a group of avant-garde ship camouflage patterns used extensively in World War I and, to a lesser extent, in World War II. The usual purpose of camouflage is to blend in or to conceal but in this case, the pattern actually draws attention to itself.
The crossing lines are meant to confuse the viewer and make it difficult to estimate the range, speed and direction of the ship, therefore misleading the enemy in regard to the ship’s course and resulting in the adversary making poor target firing decisions Of course, this distinctive pattern drew attention from cubist artists (such as Picasso) who erroneously boasted that the pattern was inspired by the cubist movement itself.
Freak X comes in pole position
The 43 mm sizing allows for an easy way to read and operate the watch. The freaky timepiece includes a crown for time correction but has no hands the central bridge acts as a minute hand and one of the wheels indicates the hours. Inside 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.
Ulysse Nardin Freak X Razzle Dazzle Technical Specifications and Price
- Calibre UN 230,
- self winding movement
- Flying carrousel movement rotating around its own axis
- Extra-large diameter silicium oscillator
- 3 Hz Silicium escapement
- Index & bridges with Superluminova
- Power reserve: 72 hours
- Titanium with black DLC, sandblasted & satined finish
- Diameter: 43 mm
- Case back: Sapphire crystal
- Water resistance: 50 m
- Razzle Dazzle pattern
- Black openwork rubber leather strap with “point de bride” stitches and rubber
- White openwork calfskin leather strap with “point de bride” stitches
- 25’900 CHF /23’800 EUR /22’250 GBP /27’300 USD
Limited edition 30 pieces