The Executive Tourbillon Free Wheel from Ulysse Nardin is a spectacular complication watch featuring a brand-new movement proudly displaying its free floating components. Available in white or rose gold, this mechanical watch is fitted with an innovative box-domed sapphire offering the breathtaking view of so called floating mechanisms of Tourbillon Free Wheel movement.
The modern-sized 44mm dial for the 18ct rose gold version is in dark stone, carved from a slab of slate. The 18ct white gold version is built on a sleek black honeycomb grid.
The tourbillon bridges and the 7-day power reserve indicator at four o’clock are shaped like boomerangs and look like they are floating in the air. So too do the other ‘skeletonized’ components, the hour and minute indicators and the gorgeous gear trains.
The sapphire glass box housing these ‘flying’ elements is another standout achievement. The structure’s complexity and finish, especially the polishing of the box angles, were extremely difficult to achieve, requiring lengthy and painstaking experimentation. The case-back too, is in sapphire, except there’s nothing to see inside, as, in a complete reversal of watchmaking convention, all the exquisite components are visible on the dial side.
The mechanical movement powering all this beauty is the brand-new UN-176, entirely developed in-house in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Its flying tourbillon is the “Ulysse Anchor Escapement”, a pioneering technology that replaces the traditional Swiss lever escapement system and uses Ulysse Nardin’s signature low-friction silicium instead of metal or synthetic rubies.
The strap is “carbon leather“ in matte alligator, exceptionally soft and silky to the touch. Unlike other Ulysse Nardin tourbillons, the Executive Tourbillon “Free Wheel” is not a limited edition, but a full-run production launch.
References: 1760-176 / 1766-176
Calibre UN-176 Manufacture Movement with UN Certificate,
Power reserve: Around 7 days
Ulysse Nardin Anchor tourbillon
Power Reserve indicator at 4 o’clock.
Flying components on a grid or slate dial
White or rose gold
Water Resistance: 30m
Crystal: Ultra box-domed sapphire glass
Case-back: Sapphire crystal
‘Carbon Leather’ matte alligator