The freaky four

A new quartet of Freak Out timepieces have been released by Ulysse Nardin.

the Freak is no longer a single timepiece. It’s an entire collection. After the Freak Vision launch at SIHH 2018 and the new Freak Vision Coral Bay, four new Freak Out timepieces, each armed with the in-house manual-wind calibre UN-205, are now joining the most maverick collection in Haute Horlogerie. All the game-changing Freak Out oddities are in place: no crown, dial or hands, a “flying carousel” tourbillon (the baguette movement rotates on its own axis) and super-light silicium technology.

Freak architecture replaces traditional anchor and anchor wheel with two silicium impulse wheels in the centre. Both wheels have 18 engaging teeth, each activating an alternator that transmits its energy to the balance staff — first in one direction, then the other. Requiring no lubrication, the structure ensures that force is always released in the direction of the balance rotation, thereby minimising friction.

Unlike the earlier Freak Cruiser model in gold, the new Freak Out collection is forged from titanium, opening the Freak universe to a wider audience.

Meet the new Freak Out Quartet:

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