Ulysse Nardin has introduced a revisited and unique version of its best-selling model FreakX, embellished with a new geometrical pattern inspired by a camouflage technique used for ships’ concealment.
The Freak X collection is renowned for its in-house flying carrousel movement, which rotates around its own axis without a traditional dial or hands.
The 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.
Ulysse Nardin design department has decorated this timepiece with ‘razzle dazzle’ pattern, a painting technique employed to camouflage British ships during the world wars.
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.
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 UN-230, is a fusion of the manufacture calibres UN- 118 and Freak Vision UN-250.
2303-270LE-9A-RAZZLE/0A (Black strap)
2303-270LE-9A-RAZZLE/0B (White strap)
Caliber UN-230, self-winding movement
Extra-large diameter silicium oscillator 3 Hz
Index & bridges with Superluminova
Power reserve: 72 hours
Decorative plate: Razzle Dazzle pattern
Flying carrousel movement rotating around its own axis
Titanium with black DLC, sandblasted & satined-finish
Diameter: 43 mm
Case-back: Sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 50 m
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