next

Ulysse Nardin Freak InnoVision 2 | SIHH 2017

Marina Milojević | 01.16.17 | 11:50 AM

For the first time ever, Ulysse Nardin will be participating at the SIHH, from January 16 to 20, 2017. For this special occasion, the famous Swiss Maison will be showing its latest innovations, and, among them, the second Freak to bear the InnoVision name. The legendary Freak, which was introduced back 2001, remains one of the most revolutionary models in the history of watchmaking. Its design was influenced by the use of a material that, up to then, had only been known for its use in electronic – silicium. The Freak, with its Dual Direct escapement, no crown, no hands and no dial, was the first to innovate with silicium escapement components, thus making anchors and escapement wheels as unnecessary as rubies for friction reduction or oil for lubrication.

Ulysse Nardin Freak InnoVision 2

The research into improved reliability and accuracy through the use of innovative materials has continued until today. 2005 saw the launch of the “Freak Diamond heart” and with it the first components made from the hardest material currently known to man, while the more affordable “DIAMonSIL” was introduced in 2007. In the same year, Ulysse Nardin introduced the original InnoVision, a watch made using a completely new range of materials and production technologies. All major components of this watch, including its double escape wheel, escape wheel bridge, bearings, monoblock shock protection system, and balance spring, were made from silicone.

Ulysse Nardin Freak InnoVision 2

With the Freak InnoVision 2, Ulysse Nardin goes one step further. Same as its predecessor, the InnoVision 1, it makes extensive use of silicone, but in avant-garde, futuristic designs. In all, just like the original InnoVision, this exceptional watch boasts no less than ten innovations!

1. Dual Constant Escapement, which performs two fundamental tasks in a mechanical watch using two silicon escape wheels. Firstly, it inhibits unrestricted unloading of the spring mechanism. Secondly, the escapement transfers steady pulses to the oscillation system to maintain the oscillations from the balance wheel and the balance spring.

Ulysse Nardin Dual Constant Escapement

2. Direct Silicium Bonding – silicone components are typically made from a single piece of material, but Ulysse Nardin has found a way to fuse two micro components into a single one. The sealed bond is created by compressing surfaces at temperatures of 1000 to 1200 °C, and adding oxygen.

3. Silicium balance wheel, gold mass elements, stabilizing micro paddles – this innovation includes a silicon balance wheel with four solid gold elements attached to it. The result is a balance wheel that can be fine-adjusted like a traditional one, while its entire mass becomes much lower than that of conventional constructions.

Ulysse Nardin InnoVision 2 Silicium balance wheel, gold mass elements, stabilizing micro paddles

4. Grinder, a self-winding mechanism – for the first time ever, the Freak is powered by an automatic winding system. However, the Grinder does not operate the same way as the conventional self-winding system. Its energy conversion system uses the flexibility of the material (silicone) and kinetic potential of the system itself to release energy, and wind the watch through the movement of the wearer’s wrist.

5. Sapphire-coated silicium bridge – the Maison has developed a patented method for coating silicium with a thin film of sapphire. The new component has harder surfaces, a higher mechanical stability than that of conventional design.

6. 24-Karat hard gold wheels – cut using laser lithography were used instead of traditional brass wheels. The use of hardened gold offers better and more efficient transfer of force.

7. Glass bridge with integrated shock protection for the balance wheel – the InnoVision 2 incorporates some glass elements, including the glass balance cock, which holds the balance wheel

Ulysse Nardin InnoVision 2 Glass bridge with integrated shock protection for the balance wheel

8. Super-LumiNova filled channels integrated into the glass balance wheel bridge – the glass balance cock features narrow channels filled with SuperLumiNova reveal impressive light effects in the dark.

Ulysse Nardin InnoVision 2 Super-LumiNova filled channels integrated into the glass balance wheel bridge

9. Eye-catching 1 – 11 and 13 – 23 time display – while a classic time display rotates once around the center every 12 hours, the InnoVision 2 reveals an innovative time display that represents hours 1 to 11 first, and then hours 13 to 23 digitally.

10. Three-dimensional glass minute hands – the final innovation, a three-dimensional glass minute hand manufactured using precision laser cutting. The oversized glass hand looks almost like an orbital space station.

Ulysse Nardin Freak InnoVision 2

 

Ulysse Nardin Freak InnoVision 2 is an amazing concept watch featuring avant-garde innovations. In order for you to understand every tiny little detail about this concept, please visit ulysse-nardin.com.

Ulysse Nardin collections

Advertisement

Right now 100+ watches on sale!

Latest News from Ulysse Nardin

Ulysse Nardin Classic Sonata

image description
image description
image description
  • image description
  • image description
  • image description

Ulysse Nardin has offered an updated version of its incredibly functional Classic Sonata model. For 2017, the aesthetically bold Classic Sonata features a more refined, streamlined design, epitomizing a perfect fusion of form and function. The updated Classic Sonata is beautiful in a classic, more traditional way, which most people find aesthetically pleasing. At the same time, the Classic Sonata manages to combine its traditional aesthetics with pure mechanics, all without compromising on functionality. Ulysse Nardin Classic Sonata unites a...

Ulysse Nardin North Sea Minute Repeater

image description
image description
image description
  • image description
  • image description
  • image description

Ulysse Nardin presents a new champlevé minute repeater, the North Sea. This exquisite new timepiece, created using the ancient decorative art, pays a striking tribute to the oil industry. The new watch, which is the latest addition to Ulysse Nardin’s Classic Collection, features a champlevé enameled dial revealing a detailed depiction of the magnificent off-shore drilling rigs that dig deep underground to allow the extraction of the world's "black gold". The scenery reveals a dramatic red sky as it highlights the detailed in...

Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph Artemis Racing | SIHH 2017

image description
image description
image description
  • image description
  • image description
  • image description
Ahead of the SIHH 2017 exhibition, Ulysse Nardin presents the Limited Edition Diver Chronograph Racing, yet another of its spectacular sporty watches designed to pay tribute to America’s Cup team Artemis Racing.

As an official partner of Sweden's Artemis Racing, Ulysse Nardin introduces the new Limited Edition Diver Chronograph Artemis Racing, which is limited to only 250 pieces. The new watch will be officially unveiled in January 2017, on the occasion of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, which takes its place from 16th to 20th January 2017, in Genève. This interesting sporty elegant watch unites Artemis Racing-inspired styling and the reliable precision of the Diver collection. Aimed at marine lovers, the watch is colored in a...

Ulysse Nardin Classico Rooster | SIHH 2017

image description
image description
image description
  • image description
  • image description
  • image description
For SIHH 2017, Ulysse Nardin introduces the “Year of the Rooster” timepiece.

Its own manner, the famous Swiss watchmaker is joining in with the celebration of Chinese New Year, honoring the Year of the Rooster with a new addition to the Classico Collection. Same as all other watches belonging to this range, the Classico Rooster beautifully exemplifies the Maison’s savoir faire in the art of finest enameling. For this special occasion, the rooster’s natural energy has been captured on a hand-made dial using the centuries old technique of champlevé enameling. This rare decorative art technique involves...

Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture Grand Feu | SIHH 2017

image description
image description
image description
  • image description
  • image description
  • image description
Pre-SIHH 2017

Ahead of the SIHH 2017 exhibition, the house of Ulysse Nardin reveals yet another of its mechanical wonders. A couple of days ago, we had our first look at Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Pin-Up, and now is the time to become acquainted with the new Classico Manufacture timepiece. This time, the famous Swiss watchmaker highlights the delicate art of enameling and offers a beautiful new version of its Classico Manufacture Grand Feu, with a translucent blue enamel dial. The new edition of the Classico Manufacture exemplifies the best of this lost de...

Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Pin-Up | SIHH 2017

image description
image description
image description
  • image description
  • image description
  • image description

Ahead of the upcoming Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, which takes place in January 2017, in Genève, the house of Ulysse Nardin introduces a new, seductive timepiece – the Limited Edition Hourstriker Pin-Up. The intriguing new timepiece is presented in a limited edition of only 28 pieces made of either rose gold or platinum. Each watch from this special series features a miniature, hand-made painting on the dial depicting a charming burlesque dancer. The two peacocks on the dial, are animated Jaquemarts. Set in motion by...

Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon Boutique Exclusive

image description

Ulysse Nardin presents a very special new timepiece, the limited edition Executive Skeleton Tourbillon, which will be available for purchase exclusively from Ulysse Nardin boutiques. The most exclusive model of the Executive collection, the Executive Skeleton Tourbillon, is now issued in an exclusive series of 99 pieces with fiery red highlights. Despite its significant sizing, of 45mm in diameter, the watch remains airy and lightweight. Its featherweight case is made from titanium and ceramic, while the movement is carefully hollowed out, and...

Ulysse Nardin Classic Sonata

image description
image description
image description
  • image description
  • image description
  • image description
Ulysse Nardin introduces a beautiful new model that combines classical beauty with highly functional complications.

The new Classic Sonata, which is released in an exclusive boutique edition comprising 99 individual exemplars, unites the chiming alarm function with the Dual Time system that makes it a great choice for travelling and juggling multiple time zones. At the same time, this complex mechanical timekeeping instrument remains highly legible and very easy to use. The renowned Dual Time complication, which appears at 6 o’clock position, is paired with the instant time zone adjustor that simplifies the manual corrections. The adjustments can be do...

Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph Monaco

image description
image description
  • image description
  • image description
Ulysse Nardin introduces a special limited edition Diver Chronograph Monaco.

Ulysse Nardin introduces a special limited edition Diver Chronograph. This time, one of the Ulysse Nardin’s flagship models has arrived in an exclusive series dedicated to the Principality of Monaco. For the last eight years, Ulysse Nardin is the official sponsor of the Monaco Yacht Show, which takes place from 28th of September to the 1st of October 2016. The new, commemorative timepiece pays tribute to this capstone point in the yachting calendar and reminds us of Ulysse Nardin’s rich nautical history. The brand welcomes the most...

Ulysse Nardin Classico Schooner America

image description
image description
image description
  • image description
  • image description
  • image description
Ulysse Nardin introduces a charming new timepiece dedicated to the 35th America's Cup, the most important yachting competition of all time.

In August 1851, members of the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) raced the “America” schooner to victory in England’s Royal Yacht Squadron’s 100 Pound Cup. After this triumph, the trophy was renamed the America’s Cup in honor of the winning vessel. This year the prestige house of Ulysse Nardin celebrates the engineering of the original “America” and shows its support of the 35th America’s Cup, with a gorgeous new Classico America Timepiece. Ulysse Nardin, which is also the official partner of Team Art...