Ulysse Nardin Freak Cruiser Watch
How do you explain to a lay person what is going on in the Freak? The dial is confusing at first, with a bunch of colors and moving parts, and the odd case has no crown. I'd start by pointing out that much of the movement, which is normally under the dial, is presented right on top of the dial. In fact, the entire running train of gears is incorporated into the minute hand. Underneath it is another hand for the hours - and the time is the only thing the watch displays. The next level of explanation should discuss silicon - part of what the Freak watch family has been all about since http://www.nalumar.com/u-boat-replica-uk.html debuted it in the early 2000s.
The Graham replica uk Freak is the first watch that I am aware of that used silicon versus metal parts for elements of the movement. The reason the movement was designed to be on the dial itself was to make this point clear - especially because silicon does not look like metal, with its alternating blue and purple colors. You can see more close-up pictures of the Ulysse Nardin replica uk Freak Cruiser watch here when we first debuted it last year. In the watch, silicon is used for both the balance spring as well as the double escapements. Yes, the movement uses not one, but two escapements, which should lead to better accuracy over time.
This is all part of the in-house made and designed Ulysse Nardin caliber UN-205. For me, this is the most desirable Freak movement to date, as it successfully combines a slick design with the features you should expect in a Ulysse Nardin Freak watch at a good price. The movement features one large mainspring barrel which offers a full 7 days of power reserve. Flip the watch over, and on its rear you'll see small cutaways offering a view of the mainspring. While not as precise as a dedicated power reserve indicator, you can more or less know if you need to wind the watch by seeing how tightly wound the spring is.
Setting the Ulysse Nardin Freak, as well as winding it, is a unique ritual. This is because the watch has no crown. Setting it is much easier than winding it. If you look at the case, right over the lower strap between the lugs is a small latch. When pulled up the bezel unlocks, and when turned in either direction then allows you to set the time. This is a great system, and makes setting the time both simple and precise. In some ways, it is better than a crown. The same concept is used to wind the watch, but you use the rear caseback bezel. Here, the system fails a bit, even though it is doable.
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